Even though the "founded" date on our site states August 23, 2008, our little card club has a bit more history than that, and has, in fact, reached the 5-year mark! (See the group history below for more details) April 3rd marks the 5th anniversary of the first game, which had 3 attendees (myself included), on Thursday, April 3, 2008. Since then the group has played over 750 games, and I have had more fun in those five years than I have in my whole life!
In celebration of our "birthday" we are having an all-day game event at the Panera in Northfield, Ohio. It will be a come-when-you-are-able and play-what-you-want kind of event, similar to our normal Sunday event format. There will be NO fees collected at the event, and I would love to see as many of you as possible at least pop in for a visit. After all, it is a birthday party!
Happy birthday to us! Now, let's have fun!!!
A brief history of the group:
Over five years ago, on March 14, 2008, I discovered Meetup and immediately pounced on it, thinking that it just may be the vehicle I needed for teaching people locally how to play my favorite card game at the time, Jeu de Tarot, aka French Tarot. Until then, I had only really played it online, usually with French-speaking people and therefore was not able to really engage in the social aspect of chatting, etc. I had a deck of the cards that are used for the game, but nobody to play with across the table. I paid my first 3 months of Meetup fees immediately and got down to work on the site, and on April 3rd we had our first "French Tarot" game at the Arabica in Elyria. The group was called "The North East Ohio Tarot Players".
A few months later I started "The World Card Game Players", a second group, which focused on non-tarot-based games from other parts of the world.
Eventually a third group, "The Cleveland Canasta Players", was started with an ex-member serving as the main "organizer", which didn't work out as well as expected. Even though I was very busy organizing the first two groups, and didn't want to add a third group to my workload, it finally became necessary for me to start scheduling games in the Canasta group as well, and I regretfully had to remove the slacking "organizer" who was in charge. Sometimes drastic measures are called for.
Upon my taking it over, I renamed it "The Cleveland Card Game Players", at the same time broadening its field of focus to include all card games that are well known in the US, not just Canasta. Poker was to be the only exception since there are simply enough Poker groups out there, and I felt that the world didn't need another one! (Not a fan of the game. Can you tell? LOL)
Together, the three groups covered the entire range of card games, domestic and foreign, new and ancient, simple and complex, traditional and commercial. It was my "holy trinity".
In the Summer of 2009, in order to make things easier for many of you who were members of all three groups (and also for myself), I took a big step and merged them all into one, meaning there would now be only one calendar to look at instead of three, and policy changes only had to be made once, not three times. Since the newest of the three groups had the largest membership, due to its focus on more "familiar" games, it was easier to migrate the members from the two older groups to this one, rather than the other way around. The last games were finally played in the original two groups in late August and early September of that year, and all future games formerly featured in those groups were now found on the calendar of the new, all-in-one, best darn little card club in Meetup (or anywhere else, I would venture to say). I think anyone would be hard-pressed to find another club that has featured so great a variety of games, and from so many different parts of the world! If you have never viewed the list, please visit our official site. You will be pleasantly surprised!
I would like to thank all of you who have ever attended one of our games, for you have helped make this group what it is today. A very special "thanks" goes out to the many regular members who I have come to know well, and am happy to call "friends". You are without doubt the greatest group of people I have ever associated with.
2013 Addendum: The "World Card Game Players" Meetup site has now been "recycled" and is being used by the Erie Card Game Players, with long-time member Christina organizing a new group of French Tarot players, who have also very recently started to learn the Italian games Scopa and Briscola. The "North East Ohio Tarot Players" has now been re-opened to help attract some new players to our most popular game.