I have been approached about different kinds of evenings, and wanted to gauge what member reaction would be to different kinds of game night, or theme nights. This is just a general "throw it out there and see what sticks" kind of poll. So, vote early, vote often. Make yourself heard.
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We are a casual group of people who enjoy playing complex board games -- the kind of board games that make you think. We play a variety of games, most of which are Euro style games of medium complexity. Games often last 90 minutes or more and involve juggling a lot of rules and factors in your head, to decide what to do. However, there's also plenty of laughter and friendship involved. If that sounds up your alley, we hope you'll join us. (RSVPs are required.)
We have a TERRIFIC space for games steps from the Kendall Square T, with easy parking, and lots of room to spread out in. Our meetups happen once a week (alternating Mondays and Wednesdays), from 7:00 pm onwards. Our group has been running since 2007, and we have a large crowd of regulars as well as new members each week.
RSVP POLICY FOR OUR REGULAR GAME NIGHTS:
1. Due to finite space, you must RSVP to attend.
2. Please be considerate of others -- only RSVP if you are likely to attend.
3. If you need to cancel your RSVP, please do so at least 24 hours before the event. This allows enough notice for someone else to use your spot.
4. If you would like to come but there are no spots, consider attending our alternative "Light Game Night" a few steps away at Cosi Cafe. You can also sign up as "wants a spot" and receive emails from meetup if a spot opens up. Finally, if there are unusual circumstances, you can send Tucker a message.
5. We know everyone has emergencies. But consistent, inconsiderate use of RSVPs -- which includes being a "no show", cancelling in the last 24 hours, or frequently cancelling RSVPs -- will lead to being removed from the group. Sorry, we still like you, it's just not fair to everyone else!
6. If you use a "+1" spot, you are responsible for all of the above for your +1. Since you are using two spots, it is extra important that you are considerate about it.
NEW MEMBERS: Welcome! We look forward to meeting you. If you want to bring a friend, please have them sign up with their own account rather than using a +1. Unfortunately, we've gotten a lot of no-show +1's from first time attendees, so we don't accept those anymore. Sorry!
We play whatever people bring, which typically includes a lot of Euros. Here's a "tip of the iceberg" look at a few games that have been popular lately:
7 Wonders, Terra Mystica, Race for the Galaxy, Splendor, One Night Werewolf, Le Havre, Hansa Teutonica, Machi Koro, Concordia, Super Big Boggle
As you can see, there is some real variety. A few of our regular attendees bring about 20-30 games between them, so there's always a lot to choose from. But if you have a game you like, just bring it with you!
People new to Euros are very welcome. But be aware that you are NOT likely to find traditional American games (like Monopoly, Sorry, Risk, or Poker); the heaviest strategy games (like 18xx or wargames); or pure abstract games (like Chess).
Finally, a note about Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, and Ticket to Ride. These are traditional "gateway games" that many people play when they first discover Euros. Although you will occasionally find those games at our meetups, many of us have played them to death and have become more interested in games with a little more complexity to them.
Update (10/15): In order to accommodate more people in the room, and maintain an easygoing environment for conversation and game playing, we ask that you please save loud games (like those with real-time arguing) for later in the evening, when the room is less full. Typically this means 9:30 or later.
Feel free to email with any questions -- we hope to see you at a meetup soon.