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Fort Worth Gamers Pages

Our Philosophy

Fort Worth Gamers play mostly English translations of the German type of multi-player, family strategy games. We also play some American multi-player, strategy games and mostly two-player abstracts. And occasionally we squeeze in a few light, two-player games of various types.

To better illustrate what we play; here are some examples of each type:

German/Euro: The Settlers of Catan, Puerto Rico, Carcassonne, Tikal, El Grande, Alhambra, Lowenherz, Medici, Vinci, Citadels
American: Air Baron, Cosmic Encounter
Abstract: Talat, Ingenious, Pente, Hive, Octi, Mancala
Various two-player: Battle Line, Lost Cities, Babel, Caesar & Cleopatra, Zertz

We feel it is very important our players have an enjoyable experience. Winning isn’t everything. Our goal is to have fun, gain a sense of accomplishment, and ideally learn something. By playing games with a variety of mechanisms we hope to introduce new gaming concepts to our players. We feel strongly about inviting new/potential players. This is one reason we play in a public place. We encourage “walk-ups” to ask questions about the games we play. We have no problem pausing to answer questions and hand out flyers about our group to the curious.

A Brief History

Our first gaming session was on Sunday, February 25, 2001, in the cafe at Borders Books & Music across the street from Hulen Mall, in southwest Fort Worth, Texas. By March 25, I had a one-page flyer ("What is that Strange Game You're Playing?") prepared to hand to people who saw us playing. In June we decided to also begin playing on Tuesdays, from 7 to 11 PM. This would become our mainstay. In September 2002 we stopped playing on Sunday's, for the most part. But we started again in April 2003, on a monthly basis. By 2005 Sunday meetings were pretty much every week. In 2007 we had two major changes. Our “other” day of gaming switched to Saturday afternoons. And on January 23rd we began meeting at The Gaming Center, as the Borders Books we’d used for six years closed that week. That venue lasted for a year and a half. On August 26, 2008 we moved to Borders Books & Music at 4601 West Freeway (aka I-30 and South Hulen Street). Still on Tuesdays, but from 7 to 10 PM. Also at that time our Saturday afternoon sessions moved to Y2Komics at 5276 Trail Lake Drive.

Since April 22, 2003, gaming session reports have been posted to newsgroup We continue to play mostly German type games, but a few abstracts and light wargames sometimes see the light of day.

February 2011 saw Borders Books began its death spiral. They began closing our store earlier (9 PM), and permanently closed most of their other stores in the area that month. In mid July we found out our Borders would soon close too. We’d been meeting there on Tuesday evenings for 3.9 years. On July 26, 2011 we began meeting across the parking lot at Central Market, from 6 to 10 PM. Yet I saw this as temporary arrangement. So when Hulen Mall finished totally refurbishing their food court we moved our sessions there. Our first 6 to 9 PM session there was on December 6, 2011.

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Tikal variant for 2 and 3 players September 1, 2015 3:02 AM Michael W.
About Fort Worth Gamers January 21, 2017 11:45 PM Michael W.

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