What we're about
Reading Board Gamers (this meetup group) is essentially an umbrella group bringing together various board gaming groups from across Reading & its surrounds and advertising their events all in one place.
Reading Board Gamers was formally known as "Geeks & Gamers 3.0" until October 2016 when a change in leadership/ownership of the group to myself led to the group concentrating on its single most popular recurrent event - board gaming. The board gaming element of what was "Geeks & Gamers 3.0" which was organised by myself for around 3 years or so - is now known as "Reading-On-Board". Reading-On-Board organises twice monthly (2nd & 4th Saturdays of each month) gaming sessions.
The "Reading Board Games Social" (RBGS) is the other main organiser of board gaming which is a part of Reading Board Gamers and organises weekly Wednesday meetups and fortnightly Tuesday meetups.
Newbury & Reading Wargamers (NRWG) recently joined us and are organising Thursday night weekly events at RISC (Note that they need to hire this venue so this event does attract an admission charge to attend to cover their room hire fees).
It is my hope to bring together the other various Reading based board game groups under one single umbrella so that all board game events can be advertised within a single place, reaching a wide audience and promoting the hobby within the Reading and surrounding areas.
If you are interested in becoming an event organiser for roleplaying games or social activities for the group then drop me a line and we can discuss. If you run another board game related group in the Reading area and want to advertise your events via this group - also drop me a line.
Other than the fee to attend the NRWG event on Thursdays all other events are free to attend. What I do however is organise a twice per year fundraising event where the membership of the group is asked to donate £5 each towards the costs of running the group (Any meetup group over 50 members has to pay around £70 per 6 months fees to meetup.com). It is not free to run this group and while the vast majority of the events are free to attend - we ask that in April and October each year when the membership fees are due - you please donate £5 towards the costs of the group.
£5 per 6 months worth of events is a bargain given the number of gaming events organised by the group. Look out for the "virtual meetup" events in April and October. Joining the event costs £5 and this is how you donate to the running costs of the group.
We are a very relaxed and social group. No previous experience is necessary and you don't need to own any board games. Just come along to one of the events and join in some games :)