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Thursday Game Night: Dominion

It's been more than a month since we played Dominion, so before we get started with our nominated games, we'll play a game that a lot of people know how to play and if you don't, no worries, we'll teach you how to play!

Also, if you know of any other places that might be good to have up to 20 people play some board games, please let us know. Keep these things in mind:

1) Well lit (Esquire is great for this, but Quality bar isn't since they have dimmed lights)

2) At least 4 or 5 tables that would do well holding bigger board games and where we can move them together to make bigger tables. Obviously enough chairs would be great.

3) Drinks and food are available either served or self-serve. Doesn't necessarily have to be alcohol.

4) Centrally located in the Chambana area. Rantoul doesn't work ya'll :)

5) Open weeknights til 11 pm at least.

I'll check out any nominations. I've been told about Urbana Free Library (Not a great place to obtain drinks/food or consume them and you have to be quiet yo! No bueno!)

See ya Thursday at Esquire!

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  • Joshua

    UFL is cool. Their conference room regularly hosts music acts and such, so they don't require extreme quiet. Although, I will say that alcohol is a useful tool for social gargoyles such as myself.

    1 · August 23, 2013

    • Anne Ferrer O.

      Sadly, music drifting out into the library is probably more acceptable than crowd-of-gamer noise drifting out into the library.

      August 24, 2013

    • Jeff D.

      I might not be so sure about that. On the 2nd Saturday Game Days (next one on 9/14), they often leave one of the doors to the reading room open. Attendance varies wildly, from 4 to about 15 or so. It is my goal to attend the next one, with the Grasshopper in tow, but we shall have to see whether all needed grading is done on time.

      September 3, 2013

  • Austin L.

    Fantastic! It was great to meet all of you and the venue makes things so lively. I apologize in advance if I have to ask your names again next time!

    August 29, 2013

  • Aaron S

    Awesome night once again! Great to see and meet lots of new folks.

    August 29, 2013

  • Zach W.

    Will probably be 10-15 minutes late. I'll be bringing the base game as well as Intrigue and Seaside

    August 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I should make it tonight with my husband, looking forward to it.

    Not sure if this is centrally located (other than in Champaign), but Jupiter's 2 (at the Crossing) has a fairly large upstairs, and I think there's decent lighting. I can't find online how late they're open, but it's a bar/food place, so I would assume at least 11 PM.

    August 29, 2013

    • Eric R.

      Thanks for the heads up Elisabeth. I will definitely check it out!

      August 29, 2013

  • Katrina P.

    I may be late or not at all. Depends on my work day. It has already been super bussyand I have to be in by 5:30 so I hope to get there to play one round and blow off some steam.

    August 29, 2013

  • Eric R.

    Unfortunately I have to work an NFL game tomorrow night or I'd be here....Kevin will be hosting. I've set up the reservation with Esquire and you guys should be set to go with plenty of DOMINION boards running around!!!

    Have a lot of fun and I'll you guys next month! ha

    August 28, 2013

  • Anne Ferrer O.

    Fiesta Cafe on 1st street behind Dallas and Co is another good option. They have a very large room in the back with tons of movable tables. When I sang in Amasong, we used to have our post-concert celebration gatherings there, and we had 40-60 people attending. Lighting is adjustable (we can ask them to keep it high), plenty of food and drink options. I *think* you could get the same arrangement with them that you have with the Esquire -- no cost for the space if everyone orders at least a drink (non-alchoholic or alcoholic).

    1 · August 24, 2013

    • Jamie

      I like it too.....luv mexican food and more "restaurant" than bar.....

      August 24, 2013

    • Karen R.

      I had forgotten all about Fiesta and its back room. It's also a local business, like the Esquire, which is always a bonus for me.

      August 24, 2013

  • Karen R.

    Just a comment on meeting at the libraries: They close at 9PM and want people to start packing up by 8:45. Also, the cafes are stocked in the morning with the idea that they'll sell out by the end of the day. The later it gets, the more limited the selection.

    I did, however, mention the interest to a friend and co-worker at the Champaign Public Library. She liked the idea of getting something going at the library, and thought they could help sponsor and promote it. Her name is Melissa and her email is <[masked]>, if anyone wants to follow up on that.

    August 24, 2013

  • Eric R.

    I think we need some new photos for the group so come dressed in your best for Dominion!! Just kidding, just come as you normally do but be prepared to smile!

    August 24, 2013

  • Anne Ferrer O.

    Champaign Public Library is also an option, though it shares many of the same downsides as UFL: No full meal options (only a coffee shop), and the quiet issues. That said, they have one room that's very near the coffee shop that might work. It would be noise-acceptable, because it's set off from the actual "library" part of the library. My daughters GSTroop held meetings there, and I promise troop meetings aren't quiet. That said, if I remember correctly, you have to reserve the room each week for the next week (no recurring reservations, can't reserve too far ahead, I *think*), and sometimes the troop couldn't get the room at all. I think it would be okay as a back-pocket option -- not sure if I'd recommend it for regular weekly play.

    August 24, 2013

    • Paul N.

      Both the Champaign and the Urbana libraries have food for sale at their cafes. Here is the link for the Champaign library cafe: http://www.champaign....­

      August 24, 2013

    • Paul N.

      I'd also like to add that while I'd prefer the Urbana Free Library, the Champaign Public Library does work as well. (Both of them are on/near CUMTD bus lines.

      August 24, 2013

  • Jamie

    UFL/urbana free library additional comments: they DO have a small conf room that can be used--free--by reservation; also an even larger room both w/tables, also free; and coffee and snacks ARE available for purchase upstairs.
    I would like to suggest ARBY'S at Bloomington Rd & Prospect; good food+good service+ tables available to move as needed+ Mon & Tues eve's are not a busy, I think so it could help their business and make them "open" to such a mutually beneficial arrangement?
    Also the SUBWAY on S. Neil has a large space that might be workable too......both places in Champaign. For me, personally, a place with 'reasonably' priced and fairly "healthy" food and no alcohol would be far preferable to a bar. Also earlier in the evening, 5 or 6pm.......would be great for those of us who tend to go to bed earlier. Thanks for asking for other space ideas!

    1 · August 23, 2013

    • Eric R.

      Jamie, I'll send you an email about potentially hosting an event.

      August 24, 2013

    • Eric R.

      I'd just like to add onto what Anne said and that Katrina has done a phenomenal job with hosting, from what I've heard. She has been a member almost from the beginning of the group and I felt comfortable with her ability to host and do well at it.

      August 24, 2013

  • Eric R.

    Yeah, I'd like to leave it at Esquire as long as there is space. I think now that school is back in session, they will be more busy than usual. Hopefully we won't have to change.

    August 23, 2013

    • Anne Ferrer O.

      Esquire tends to be more of a "townie" bar, and it doesn't usually see too much more crowding during the school year. So we might be fine. Fingers crossed. :)

      1 · August 24, 2013

    • Nick V.

      I enjoy esquire as well. I can only remember once where it was pretty crowded because of people there to watch some sporting event, and I felt like we were in the way, but other than that, it's always been great and accommodating.

      1 · August 24, 2013

  • Anne Ferrer O.

    Turns out there's a "mandatory band parent meeting" that night. Sounds a little draconian. If you don't here from us after Thursday, send a search party.

    1 · August 24, 2013

  • Karen R.

    I agree with Aaron about the Esquire. It´s relaxed and they have a nice menu. That´s still my first choice.

    2 · August 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We'll bring the original and Intrigue.

    1 · August 23, 2013

  • Aaron S

    I rather like the Esquire. They have been very accommodating and have a rather large area we can utilize without interrupting their other business. Esquire also gives us great exposure for attracting new members. Personally, I prefer the more adult atmosphere Esquire provides. Just my two cents.

    2 · August 23, 2013

  • Mike M.

    Meghan and I will be there. We'll bring a couple of the later expansions (Guilds, Dark Ages, et cetera). Looking forward to it!

    1 · August 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Heading out to DragonCon that afternoon, sorry. I should be able to start making Thursday game nights again soon, it's been a busy few months...

    3 · August 22, 2013

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