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Philadelphia Area Gamers

IMPORTANT NOTE, we have scheduled December's event to avoid some of the holiday shopping craze in the KoP area. Additionally, we will be holding our annual and optional pollyanna event this night. Essentially bring a game to get a game! If you'd like to participate in this fun exchange, bring a wrapped quality euroish game of at least a $30-50 value to exchange using a meticulously, fun game mechanic.


Anyone looking to for a competitive and friendly board gaming group is welcome to join us at our monthly meetings. We generally play Euro-style boardgames and card games that challenge the mind and encourage mirthful socializing.

Our general format is to gather at a local pub twice a month for food, brew and festive gaming. Beginners are welcome; we always review game instructions before diving in! Occasionally other events are hosted by members and annually we have our pollyanna style board game exchange in December.

Some games we've recently played: Seven Wonders, Citadels, Settlers of Catan, Tichu, Medici, Carcassonne, Power Grid, Fresco, Keythedral, Pandemic, Wizard.

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History: The Philly Area Gaming group has been playing in the northwest Philly suburbs since ca 2003. We originally met at the Valley Forge Brewing Company through a group.

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  • Mike K.

    I'm here. We have our usual table by the inside window.

    December 13, 2012

  • Mike K.

    First, as previously communicated, we are having our monthly Thursday game club meet up this Thursday at Rock Bottom at 7. (Normally it is 3rd Thursday, but we are doing 2nd Thursday to avoid KOP a week before Christmas)

    Second, as we always do in December, we are doing a Polly Anna/White Elephant/Whatever you call it game gift exchange. If you wish to participate - Bring a wrapped new board game (value $30-50 or so) that you think will be desirable.

    Being a gaming group, we always comes up with an interesting game to do the exchange. This is what we are set to do this year (tweaks are welcome).
    Everyone start with 10 poker chip. Player order will be determined at the start (maybe dice roll and then clockwise from there. I would vote to keep it simple)

    December 10, 2012

    • Mike K.

      --Round #1: Everyone either picks an unwrapped game or steals a game. If you steal a game, you have to pay who you stole the game from 3 chips. If you get stolen from, you either open a new game or pay 3 chips to someone else to steal a game from them. A game can get stolen from only once during each turn. We do this process until we all have had a turn and a gift.
      --Round #2: Starting with the last player (or maybe dice roll again??), everyone takes turns attempting to swap games with another person. A person who is offered a swap has the option of allowing the swap or paying 2 chips to prevent the swap. Everyone has the option of attempting 2 swaps during their turn (if your first swap is successful, you are done.)

      December 10, 2012

    • Mike K.

      --Round #3: Starting with the first player (or dice roll) each player may offer ONE trade to another player involving a swap of games and poker chips (i.e. if you have a desirable game you could offer to swap with one player for their game if they give you some poker chips…or vice versa). No one is compelled to accept. There is no back and forth here. Just offer a trade and it is accepted or not.
      The person with the most chips at the end wins a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card. The person with the 2nd most gets $10 off of their bill
      For this idea, Dan is donating the $25 B&N giftcard. If everyone puts in one extra dollar at bill time to pay for 2nd place (assuming we have about 10-15 people).

      December 10, 2012

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