Welcome to the wonderful world of boardgames! This group is for people who are serious about playing games! We play a wide variety of board games and card games -- some old ones and many that are new. Our members play strategy games, word games, trivia games, and the occasional party game. The great thing is that we have enough people at most events so that everyone can play something they enjoy. This is a sociable group, so it's as important to have fun as it is to win -- although it is fun to win!
The most frequent question that new members ask is, what games do we play? We sometimes play old favorites like Scrabble and Trivial Pursuit. We also play and enjoy many games you may not have heard of. There is a large category of boardgames, called Eurogames, which are very popular right now. Popular Euros include Puerto Rico, Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, Stone Age, etc. Most Eurogames take between 60-90 minutes to play. Many are easy to learn and most don't rely much on luck. (In other words, no rolling of the dice to see what space you land on.)
Please don't be concerned if some of the games you read about are unfamiliar to you. The fact is, if you are a game lover, most new games will have some similarity to other games that you're already familiar with. For instance, Quiddler, Parlay, and Upwards are all variants of Scrabble. So once you start to play, it's easy to get up to speed. And there is always someone at our meetups who is able and willing to teach a new game.
For further information, go to the following links:
For a comprehensive list of games we play, see the "Games Played in 2008" discussion on our Message Boards for an example of the wide variety of games that we play each year.
There is a great introduction to "Games Beyond the Usual," a website created by Peter Dahlstrom, a member of the Herndon (VA) Boardgame Meetup Group.
For New Member Orientation and Frequently Asked Questions, please continue to read below.
I hope this helps new members feel more comfortable. Come out and play with us!
Dean Boardgames NJ Organizer
A note to New Members As soon as you arrive at a game event, ask to speak to an Organizers or Assistant Organizer. Introduce yourself and ask for a name tag so people will get to know you more quickly. I recommend that new members try to arrive at the beginning of the meetup. Arriving at this time also gives you the best chance to get into a game right away. If you come later, you may have to wait until the games in progress are completed before being able to join in.
If you do get to the meetup later, please make sure an organizer or assistant organizer is aware of your presence. They will get you introduced and into a game as soon as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
What kinds of games are played? We play a wide variety of board and card games. Games vary from Euro-style strategy games like Agricola, Alhambra and Ticket to Ride, to classics like Scrabble, to party games like Trivial Pursuit, to card-based games like Dominion and Apples to Apples. It all depends on what people bring and what they want to play.
Is bringing a game to the Meetup required? No...but please feel free to do so. We're a bunch of people who meet to socialize and play boardgames, so we encourage everyone to share what they have. If you are passionate about a game, bring it and teach it to others. If you wish to play something specific, but don't have it, try and request it in your RSVP. If you don't have any games, just join in and play what's available. We have LOTS of games!
How often does the group meet? We meet several times a week. We have Monday and Wednesday game nights, as well as all-day events on several Saturdays a month. Sometimes we'll add last-minute activities to to the calendar, so please CHECK OUR CALENDAR FREQUENTLY to see all of our upcoming events! We also keep you informed about regional game conventions. Members of our group often attend these conventions to play with other gamers from around the state.
Is there a fee? Your first event is free. After that, we ask members pay $5 per year to help cover the subscription cost of the Meetup website, as well as for name tags and other supplies. The member fee will be collected the second time you attend. The fee covers the entire calendar year regardless of when you join, and if you join after October 1st, your payment will be applied through the following calendar year.
What's with the RSVPs? It is important that you RSVP. Whether your response is 'yes', 'no', or 'maybe' your RSVP is an indication and reinforcement that we are an active group. Even a "no" RSVP is important, so we'll know you're out there and still interested! A "yes" RSVP should be treated like any other commitment. As a courtesy to the rest of the group, please change your RSVP at least 24 hours prior to an event if possible.
NEW MEMBERS: Find out why gamers love Boardgames NJ!! Boardgames NJ's members play a wide variety of board and card games. We are gaming enthusiasts who enjoy learning new boardgames and playing old favorites. We play a lot of the most recent Eurogames, but we also play word games, card games, classic boardgames, and sometimes even party games. Our meetups are held on both weeknights and weekends, and run at least four hours. Most activities are announced two or three weeks in advance. Our membership includes people of all ages, vocations and interests with one thing in common -- a love of boardgames. Beginners and experts alike are welcome. (Game players under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.) Note: New members must fill out a profile when applying to Boardgames NJ. Incomplete profiles will be denied. Click the link below to learn more about Boardgames NJ.