Welcome to "7 Sided Die," formerly known as "Jackson NJ Area D&D, RPG & Miniatures Gaming Group!" Thank you for checking us out!
This is a tabletop Dungeons and Dragons (D&D,) Role Playing Game (RPG,) miniatures gaming and board game group, that meets in the Jackson, New Jersey area. We currently meet during the week to avoid disrupting members' weekends and recognizing that everyone has other obligations.
We are open to, both, new and experienced, respectful gamers. To re-emphasize, all of our games are always open to new players! Please, never be intimidated by an "established game." Everyone is welcome! Our gamers age 18 to 50+. While there are many group members, we currently have about ten-ish, on-again, off-again regulars. (Most games typically have five to seven players but can accommodate eight.)
We are currently playing a semi-historical fantasy D&D game and an Eberron D&D game is wrapping up, both using Wizard's of the Coast's 5th Edition" (D&D 5E). (To read a bit about what has been going on in the former go to: Carpathian Adventure so far Part 1 (https://www.meetup.com/Jackson-NJ-RPG-Miniatures-Gaming-Group/pages/23541513/The_%28D_and_D_5E%29_Carpathian_Adventure_so_far) then follow the subsequent links at the bottom of each page) Other organizers have run: various D&D one shot adventures, another D&D 5e variant, a D&D 3.5 Star Wars game, and board games - all in an effort to feed everyone's gaming addiction.
(Please note that while the majority of the games we play are RPGs, this was, and still is, a miniatures group as well. So while members do not have to love minis, they just can't loathe them. Theater of the Mind is awesome, but minis are equally awesome too.)
In the future, we may add additional nights for game sessions, add additional game organizers and additional locations as appropriate opportunities present themselves. (Before asking us to promote a new game, a new venue, another group, or cross promote another event, please have shown up at a few of our events first and get to know the group organizers. [For promotion via this Meetup, all must be in accordance with this group's policies.])
Games are most often held at organizers' homes. To be upfront, smoking, vaping and chewing tobacco are not permitted at group events. Illegal drug use is never tolerated.
Gamers may bring snacks and age appropriate beverages to game sessions. Please be considerate, avoid excessively smelly foods, and drink responsibly.
I was surprised to find out that the following is really tough for some people: While not prudes, during sessions, as a courtesy, we have a no cursing rule. Slips happen, so we have a "swear can." If one swears, drop some change in the swear can - please don't wait to be asked (that'll make it awkward). Rest assured, the intent is not to make money - just curb swearing. (Again, please note that the rule is no cursing - not no free cursing.) If this is a problem, this is probably not the group for you.
It may seem bizarre that I have to mention the following, but here it goes: If you have issue with maintaining personal hygiene, or you refuse to brush your teeth, or you can't chew with you mouth closed, or you can't control flatulence, or you hate women, or you hate men, or you hate anyone based on some inherent attribute, or you cannot keep your political opinions to yourself, or have some burning desire to make everyone else present uncomfortable, etc., etc., please join a different group! Thanks. Now that that is said....
We respect everyone's privacy! As such, parts of our group site are kept private, and some photos are not accessible to non-members. To join and remain a member of our group, we require clear and honest answers to a few simple questions and a real photo of you in your group profile. Only members may read your responses and see other members' photos. If they know them it may help them decide if they want to - or don't want to - attend an event. (Believe it or not, we have had one case where a member used a fake name instead of his real name. Add to that, apparently he was known for having been offensive in, and thrown out of, at least one other group. When a valued member our group discovered that the offender was now a member of a our group, the valued member unfortunately quit our group. We later discovered who the offensive member was, confirmed what had been going on, witnessed the behavior first hand, and he was removed from our group. As you might guess, we would like to prevent such occurrences from happening in the future.) Rest assured, we also respect of members' privacy. As such, parts of our group site are kept private. Non-members cannot see our Meetup group member photos or information. (Please also know that you can have different photos for each Meetup group.) Lastly, we do this for your protection and for our members' protection. While the vast majority of people are terrific folks, there are also some strange folks out there too. I hope you understand.
While we always welcoming to new members, and active site lurkers are welcome, please know that we are a group of gamers that get together in real life to game! We are not trying to add virtual members solely for the purpose of plus-ing up our number on Meetup. In that vein, inactive memberships are periodically canceled. That said, members may join again.
(We do not charge a fee for attendance, and I have not asked for donations nor further solicited remuneration! That said, any contribution via this site's "Help support your Meetup - Chip In (https://www.meetup.com/Jackson-NJ-RPG-Miniatures-Gaming-Group/contribute/)" button to differ that $10 monthly cost, would be appreciated. [For those who can't curb cursing, we do have a "swear can."] 'Enough about that.)
Before the following, please note that we play Role Playing Games [RPGs] and miniatures wargames. In my humble opinion, RPGs and miniatures wargames are, by their nature, games that include notional violence. In our RPGs there is also occasional, in game, notional alcohol consumption, and gamers may responsibly drink adult beverages. While neither "real life" misogyny nor misandry are tolerated, in our games there is occasional in game implied or notional sexual innuendo - though nothing graphic or descriptive. Much like the show "Critical Role," characters visit taverns and brothels. As such, general bawdiness by gamers' characters is not curbed. Quite the opposite - Role-playing is strongly encouraged.
Either way, much like the film rating system, our games should be considered rated PG-13 and occasionally rated R. That is:
As such, with the exception of "grand-fathered" individuals, all participants must be 18 years of age or older.
As age itself does not ensure maturity, regardless of age, all participants must be mature enough to interact with others, play by the rules, and accept DMs and referees decisions.
Discrimination against anyone in "real life" is not and will not be tolerated! In "real life," if one demonstrates discriminatory, racist, misogynistic or misandrogynistic behavior, or is a member of a hate group, a bias group, or ANY group that restricts membership based on ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any inherent individual attribute, that individual will be removed from our group, bared from our group and reported to Meetup.