Lakeland Tabletop Games Club - 8th meetup - 22 Aug 14, 7 pm.

Oops... just realized I haven't made this meetup official yet. It's posted now. Should I bother with posting a "showcase game anymore? I've gotten zero feedback on that since I've been doing it. Does it matter? Or would yall prefer to simply play it by ear the night of the meetup? For what its worth, I'm kinda in the mood for some Descent :-)

I've been struggling with how to approach the subject of this group pulling its own weight at the church meetup location. That is, we're using rented space and need to contribute something. I've settled on the fairest solution I could come up with without requiring membership fees universally for this meetup group, which I won't do. What I'm going to do is post meetups at two locations, at the rented space, and the other at some free location (i.e. Panera, Coliseum of Comics, etc.). The free location meetups will be open to anyone in the meetup while the rented location meetups will be open to folks who join the LRPG membership. I hate to put a price tag on a night of board games but I don't see any other options to cover the expenses, especially since the RPGers there are ponying up. The LRPG dues are 20 bucks a year which is about 0.75 cents a night. So new guests don't have to stress this, they are free to play for the first few game nights.

So, this might be the last meetup I'll post in a while until I line up another place. If anyone has suggestions, comments, ideas... please let me know.

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  • Tito M.

    Just going to say Cookie-brownies were probably the best thing I ever had

    2 · August 23

  • Nathan G.

    Had a good time. I'll definitely be around more often and I don't mind paying dues if necessary.

    August 23

    • Jeff

      Thanks Nathan. .. it was nice to meet you tonight.

      August 23

  • Tito M.

    Cya there!

    August 22

  • Amber Van D.

    I (and Francisco Suarez) would be more then willing to contribute a $10/person/year fee to cover expenses for the church facility and meet up fees for the board game section.

    I am not seeing the benefits of the said "...web hosting, supplies, some other admin related stuff, print shop services, equipment, and the annual party..." for the board game side- so I am not sure if paying the $20/person/year fee would make sense. But would be willing depending on future needs, etc.

    $10-20 for a 26-27 meetings a year which last up to 5 hrs a time is 130 hours (5.5 FULL DAYS) of entertainment. CHEAPER THEN ANYTHING ELSE OUT THERE!

    August 16

    • Tito M.

      I wouldn't mind paying membership, you can think of it as a rental fee for awesome games and friends! and you can probably do payment plans since you said its about 20 dollars a year maybe charge like 2 bucks a month thats about a dollar a month

      1 · August 21

    • Tito M.

      *Night

      August 21

  • Althea G.

    I am willing to pay fees if necessary :D I will also keep a look out for other venues simply because we seen to be gathering more members with each passing meeting so it would make sense to find a bigger place or split the groups but until then (or ever) I'm fine with paying a fee and I'll even continue to bring in baked goods for both groups ;D

    2 · August 21

    • Duane

      Thank you, Althea. We look forward to your contributions especially the baked goods.

      1 · August 21

  • Mason R.

    A few thoughts - 1) Having one announced game, with the clear statement there will be other games might be the way to go. Having an announced game will allow people to sign up (and thus force them to use the meetup site) and also allow quick setup of the game and allow those players to start quickly. It is important to announce that other games are happening though, as we don't want to drive someone away who isn't interested in that game. The type of featured game has to rotate though, it can't always fall into one or two categories or people are going to get the wrong idea. Maybe it is just me, but it looks like the miniatures games get pushed much harder than Euro-style games on Meetup, even though at game night a variety of styles of games are available.
    2) If we are causing a problem for the RPG players, maybe we should consider a clean break from them. Not because they haven't been gracious, but out of respect. <<continued>> (stupid character limits...)

    August 16

    • John S.

      ....and of course as I post that the Starbucks meetup shows up in my inbox lol.

      2 · August 21

    • Jeff

      John you've been so great to have at these meetups. I had never played Werewolf before and owe you for showing me that... lol... what a fun game. Thanks again for being such a contributor!

      1 · August 21

  • Jeff

    IMPORTANT NOTE:
    This might be the last meetup until October due to a couple of conflicts in September... One is the LRPG Annual Party on September 12th.

    And here's something I want to bring up while talking about that party... As you know, the LRPG is the other club we collocate with when we meet. It is through the LRPG that we have the great space at the church. Its not huge, and is sometimes noisy, but we don't have to try to squeeze into some restaurant somewhere, or use a private residence as alternatives. This space is arranged for by the LRPG paying rent to the church. The funds for the rent come from LRPG members' annual dues which is $20 and normally renewed each year at this party. These dues also fund web hosting, supplies, some other admin related stuff, print shop services, equipment, and the annual party. And, most importantly for us, the MeetUp.com hosting fees!

    <<Continued>>

    July 15

    • Jim B.

      Jeff, what's the cost? Do we rent the room? I know there is a cost for meetup. But is ther anything else, I've not been able to show up except for the 1 time due to work and illness but I'm willing to contribute what I can.

      August 8

    • Jeff

      Yeah the room is currently only $10 per night because we asked to church to cut us some slack since we only had a handful of people coming to game nights and our treasury was dwindling rapidly. But, coincidentally, the RPG group exploded about the same time we started the Board game group which is doing well and now we're bursting at the seams. So the church is saying, so can you play full price now? And, rightfully so, the LRPG guys are beginning to ask if the board gamers are paying dues since we all share the facilities. Throw in the crowded main room with quiet RPGers and loud board gamers and the rift between groups is becoming a concern. Anyway, I just mention all that so that everyone knows the backstory. I'm trying to get the LRPG to set membership at 10 bucks per year. What I'm leaning toward doing is have the Church facility events open only to those who contribute while the other events (game stores or other meetups) open to anyone without the need to chip in.

      August 9

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