To those who were members of the Susquehanna Valley Gaming meetup group, welcome. To current members and future members, here's a little bit of info for you.
I created this Meetup Group to give people in the Central PA area (Harrisburg, Hershey, Lancaster, York, Carlisle - pretty much anywhere within an hour of Harrisburg) a place to post public tabletop gaming events and to grow the gaming hobby. My hope with this Meetup Group is to create 1 online spot for gamers (and future gamers) to see what's going on in the local gaming scene. Whether it's a local convention, a game night at someone's residence, gaming events at our Friendly Local Game Stores (FLGS - pronounced Flags), or gaming at other locations (churches, community centers), if it's a public event, I hope to see it posted here on the Central PA Game Club (CPAGC) Meetup page.
How do events get posted on this page? Well, if you're hosting a public gaming event, feel free to message me about it. I can make you an Event Organizer so that you can post the event and enter the details of it.
Notes and tidbits about this Meetup Group
• PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, RSVP to events you plan on attending
• Many people don't RSVP for events. They'll show up, but don't RSVP on the event page. As an example, Friday Game Nights in Carlisle have had around 11 people RSVPing lately. Actual attendance? Around 28.
• I've received messages from people who say "I guess the event is cancelled because only 2 people RSVPed". If you're concerned about how many people are showing up, post your comments/questions on the event's Meetup page. The host or other guests will probably reply to you about the expected attendance.
• Many events are free to attend. If an event is not free to attend, the event page should tell you in the details.
• I believe that tabletop gaming events should have an inviting environment. For events that I personally host, if someone shows up that I don't recognize, I try my best to say Hi and introduce myself. If I'm currently playing a game, I'll sometimes invite the person to take over my spot so that he/she isn't just sitting around watching.
• Let's talk about the start time of gaming events. Some events are "show up whenever you can" while others are "start time is specifically at X". Tournament events usually have a strict start time. "Open" gaming events usually have a whenever start time. For example, Friday game nights in Carlisle "start" at 5pm, but people can show up whenever they want. Games are starting and ending throughout the night, so new arrivals usually don't have to wait long to get into a game.
• CPAGC doesn't have a written set of rules all people must follow. Maybe in the future we'll create a set of rules, but for now, just go with the general rule that people should respect others, the location/property, and any items that are at the location. This includes but not limited to: the games, furniture, décor, bathrooms, and food/drinks.
• Don't be shy. This may be a tough thing to do if you're introverted, but know this: many gamers are introverts. They understand that it's not easy to jump into a game with strangers. If players are about to start playing a new game, ask if you can join them!
• If you're a new(er) gamer and the players "warn" you that the game is a difficult or "heavy" game, don't take offense. They're probably trying to let you know that you might have a difficult time learning how to play. But if you insist on playing, don't leave part way through the game. This is extremely bad etiquette.
• This one relates to the previous 2 comments. Feel free to ask questions about games and how to play them. Ask which games a new gamer should try. Ask if anyone can teach you how to play. Important note though: once someone starts teaching you how to play, hold most questions until the rules explanation is complete.
If you're new to tabletop gaming, here is a short list of games/genres included in grand scope of tabletop gaming:
• Board/Card Games (i.e. Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Tichu)
• Collectable Card Games (CCGs) (i.e. Magic the Gathering,
• Living Card Games (LCGs) (i.e. Android Netrunner)
• Role Playing Games (RPGs) (i.e. D&D, Pathfinder, Star Wars)
• Wargaming (i.e. games by companies like Avalon Hill, SPI, and GMT Games)
• Miniature Games (i.e. Warhammer, Warmachine, X-Wing)
• Classic Games (i.e. Monopoly, Spades, Go)
If you have any questions that were not covered above, please leave a comment here or message me privately.
- Victor The Geek