Since I don't make it to allot of meetups with group, I am not a representative sample. However I am not a Facebook user so that would not attract me to the group. I organize a couple of groups on Meetup so I know the costs can be high for relatively little benefit. However it is nice to have all my groups in one place.
I have never heard of BigTent, but if it is less well known than meetup, will it be good for attracting new members? I have found Meetup groups simply by seeing groups that others are in when they join groups I am in. This is only really important if there are allot of active new members.
Board games are currently enjoying a golden age with thousands of excellent "euro" or "designer" board games out there to be played. You will be amazed at what you may have been missing. See our About Us page for a sampling of games that have been played at our meetups. Don't be afraid if you've never heard of any of them. Most only take a few minutes to learn, and we like explaining how to play them! The group has become so popular that we have recently begun offering multiple meetups per month at various locations in Norwalk and Stamford. The atmosphere is very casual and relaxed. We just play for fun! Our meetups typically run from about 6pm to midnight. You can obviously come and go as you please.