Twin Cities Card Club (TCCC) Pages
Please do your part to make our events enjoyable for everyone!
EVENT HOST GUIDELINES
- Your Profile: Please take a minute to complete your profile questions and include a good photo.
- Be Flexible: Participating in a Meetup event requires flexibility. People may need to arrive late or leave early. Often there’ll be an uneven number of players. Please be accommodating if you’re asked to wait to join a game, switch tables, or play a variation of other than four players.
- Partners/Teams: We all have people we prefer to play with. If you’re insistent on only playing with select people, then please organize your own games outside of this group.
- Skill Levels: Players will have different skill levels. Please be helpful and patient. Remember that you were once a newbie too. If you’re new to a game or need a refresher, there are many online resources available.
- Game Rules: Most games have rule variations. Agree on the specifics before you start or when a new player joins. There are many score sheets and "cheat sheets" on the TCCC Google Drive folder.
- Common Courtesy: Be courteous to your fellow players. Understand that some people are more chatty and some more private. Put your cell phone on vibrate; don’t interrupt the game with constant phone calls and texting. Don’t leave in the middle of a game.
- Conduct: If you have issues with a member, please respectfully decline to play at their table. The group Organizers and Event Hosts aren't responsible for mediating interpersonal conflicts. Inappropriate behavior may result in exclusion from events, removal from the TCCC, and/or removal from the Meetup site.
- Cards & Supplies: Event Hosts will generally provide playing cards, score sheets, etc. It’s always a good idea to bring your own supplies too in case you want to play a different game or continue playing after the host leaves. Please be respectful of members’ supplies. Put your drinks on a coaster or napkin; water hurts cards. If eating, please wipe your hands before handling cards and supplies. Return supplies to the host or designated area when finished. Don’t put dirty dishes or other trash on top of the supplies. If you use tape on raised table edges, please remove it when you leave.
- Meetup Fees: The group organizers pay for all Meetup fees and event supplies out of their own pockets; anything you're willing to contribute is appreciated.
- Restaurants: Members often arrive early to eat before the event start time. While most places don’t require a minimum purchase, we request that you spend at least $5 in appreciation for use of their space. Be sure to tip your servers well too; they often wait on us for hours and are missing out on the tips they’d otherwise get from having more tables.
- Event RSVPs: Please be considerate of the Event Hosts and venues. If you plans change, please update your RSVP as soon as possible.
- Events With Limited Space: If the event looks full, be sure to join the waiting list as spots often become available just prior to the event start. Event Hosts may give priority to members without "No Shows" for previous events.
We encourage any member to lead an event or series of events. Just click on "Suggest a New Meetup" on our group page and we'll get it approved and posted. Thank you for sharing your time and energy with our group!
- Events: Activities must be consistent with the stated purpose of our group. We don't post events that aren’t focused on playing traditional card games. Please don't simply cross-post events from other Meetup groups. Don't schedule an event that directly competes with what's already posted on our calendar.
- Hosting: We don't post events without a designated host for our group. It's important that members can interact with the leader and other group members to make personal connections. Consider asking someone to co-host as it makes it easier to manage if there's a large group and you also have a backup if anything should prevent you from getting to your event on time.
- Cards & Supplies: Event Hosts should provide everything needed for your event such as playing cards, score sheets, pens, etc. If you don't have enough, ask attendees to bring their supplies too. The TCCC Organizers buy many supplies at bulk prices so check with us if you need anything. It’s also a good idea to bring copies of the game rules, including variations for atypical numbers of players.
- Gambling: Gambling is not allowed. Poker and other tournament style games may be played for chips or modest prizes, never for money.
- Venues: Please be sure you’ve received approval from the venue before posting an event. Check our Past Events for public places that we’ve used before.
- RSVPs: Unless there's a specific reason to limit the number of attendees or set an RSVP deadline, events should be left open. Life is unpredictable and sometimes there are necessary last-minute RSVP changes. We want to enjoy our time with those who are able to attend and not concern ourselves with those who cannot. Please mark any member who RSVPd "Yes" but didn't attend as a “No Show”. If less than 4 people have RSVPd to an event, you may cancel, but please try to provide 24 hour notice.
- Events With Limited Space: Event Hosts may give priority to members without "No Shows" for previous events. If desired, please include in your event text (in bold): “This event has limited space. Priority will be given to members according to the group guidelines.”
- Emails: Please don't send out multiple messages, especially to the whole group. The automated event email reminders are usually enough. This group hosts a lot of events and we want to keep the email volume to a minimum.
- Arrive Early & Be Seen: You generally want to arrive first so that our members aren't wondering if they have the wrong time or place. When meeting at a restaurant, members often arrive 30+ minutes early so they can eat before the games begin. You're not required to be there that early, but don't be surprised if this happens.
- Make Connections: Introduce yourself when someone new arrives. Introduce members to each other. Make others feel welcome and part of the group.
- Follow-up: Post a "thank you" on the event page and check for feedback to help make your next event is even better!