Hey, welcome to Nyeek! How are you doing? Good? Excellent! Some weather we’re having, huh? How about dem Yankees?
Anyways, if you’re reading this you may or may not have some questions about what we’re all about. This here FAQ is to give you a general idea of what to expect from Nyeek events. It’s a tad long, but the idea is to be as thorough as possible. Feel free to read all of it or just stuff you’re curious about.
There’s not actually a whole lot of stuff you ABSOLUTELY HAVE to know, so let’s get those out of the way now.
1. Buy something from the establishment hosting us.
2. No outside food or drink.
3. If it’s not your game be careful with it. Like really careful. Don’t bend or lose shit. Really.
Everything after these three points aren’t necessary to know, but I like to think that some of this stuff will help newcomers. If your question isn’t answered feel free to message me!
WHAT IS NYEEK?
We’re a group of people who play board games quite often.
WHAT DOES NYEEK MEAN?
It’s a portmanteau for NY Geek. It’s silly, but short and the domain was available. If you’re curious it’s pronounced “neek”.
WHAT TYPES OF BOARD GAMES DO YOU PLAY?
There are no strict rules for what we play, but we tend to play a lot of modern board games. Meaning that a lot of the games we play have come out relatively recently. We play party games, abstract games, thematic games, card games, but probably the most common type of game you’ll see at events are something called eurogames. Click on this link for the wikipedia entry which does a decent job of describing what that means.
Once again though I’ll emphasize that we do play all types of games!
SO WHAT ABOUT CHESS, MONOPOLY, SCRABBLE, RISK, PICTIONARY, ETC... ETC...?
Those are all classic games and a lot of us grew up spending many, many fond hours playing them. They’re just not the type of games we play at this meetup typically. To clarify you can bring/play whatever you want, but you shouldn’t expect to see or find many people wanting to play classic games. It’s not that we don’t like them. It’s just not what the group is about!
Also, if you look around you’ll see a lot of these games already have groups dedicated to them.
SOUNDS COOL, MAYBE I’LL SWING BY AND CHECK IT OUT! DO I HAVE TO RSVP?
No, but I recommend it in general and if you’re new to the group I would appreciate if you did it for the first couple of events you attended, so I know to expect a couple more people. Also, if something about the event changes or I find something left behind later I’ll only email the people who RSVPed.
WHY DOES THE ORGANIZER HAVE SO MANY GUESTS?
That’s to make the total number of RSVPs a little bit closer to reality. A lot of people don’t RSVP now, so I add a few guests (usually lowballing the number) to make up for that.
HOW EASY IS IT TO JOIN A GAME?
You’ll have multiple chances throughout the night to join games, but the earlier you show up the easier it’ll be.
I DON’T KNOW ANY OF THESE GAMES OR THE RULES. SHOULD I COME?
Yes! If people didn’t want to teach/learn games they wouldn’t come to a public meetup and there’s a lot of games that get played, so it’s actually weird when nobody’s new to the game. Don’t sweat it.
I’LL JUST SIT OUT AND WATCH THE FIRST GAME. THAT COOL?
I don’t recommend it. See the previous answers and also realize that after the game is over it might not be played again that night. So you would have learned all the rules for nothing. Also, a game that can be really fun to play can be pretty boring to watch. You came to the pool, so just go ahead dive in, y’know? Water’s fine. (NOTE: My metaphors are horrible, but you get the idea.)
HOW LONG DO THE GAMES LAST?
Usually under two hours, but it’s always good to ask beforehand if time is an issue. Some are fifteen minutes while other games can take up to six hours. If a game is particularly long people usually know enough to tell you, but it’s never a bad idea to check.
WHO SHOT FIRST?
DO I HAVE TO BRING GAMES?
It’s welcome, but not necessary by any means. Believe me, there will be tons of games there. The advantage of bringing a game though is that then you KNOW there will be a game there you know how to play/teach.
PEOPLE ARE LEAVING THEIR GAMES IN A BIG STACK. SHOULD I DO THE SAME? CAN I JUST GRAB A GAME IF I WANT TO PLAY IT?
You can throw your games in the communal pile if you want or just keep them with you if you want. Either way works! At the end of the night the organizer will check the ground with a flashlight for missing pieces. Usually we know which game it goes to, but if not we’ll announce the piece in the comment section for that event in hopes of returning it to it’s rightful owner.
I use to be nervous about leaving my games out, but honestly I’ve been surprised about how well they’ve held up and and how few pieces have gotten lost. That having been said if you bring an out-of-print or really expensive game I would just go ahead and keep with you to be safe.
And hopefully this goes without saying, but if you take a game from the pile please treat it with the utmost respect, check the ground for pieces when you’re done and put it back in the pile when you’re done.
COOL, SO I SHOWED UP TO GAME NIGHT, BUT THERE’S ONLY LIKE FIVE PEOPLE HERE?
It means you got there right at the beginning. Sometimes there are 30 people there at six and sometimes there are 4. Don’t sweat it. Within the hour you’ll see a stream of people come in. TRUST ME there will be a large group.
NO, WHAT I MEANT TO SAY WAS THERE’S ALREADY A TON OF PEOPLE HERE AND I’M NOT SURE HOW TO GET INTO A GAME?
It can be an awkward thing to do at first, but it really just amounts to asking someone if they want to play a game. Odds are that if you’re new someone approach you without any prompting, but if you see people starting a game then feel free to ask them if they want another player.
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