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Board games at the Ritz

We are hosting this event together with another meetup group called Baltimore's Playground. As usual, you should bring a food or drink to share with the group and possibly a game too; especially if its a new or uncommon game you'd like to try. The group usually splits into smaller groups so a few different games are played simultaneously.

Initially, we were allowing the first 30 rsvps to valet here and requiring the rest of you to find your own parking. However, with nearly 70 rsvps together with this group and Baltimore's Playground, it makes more sense to simply allow everyone to park here. WE HAVE DECIDED TO HIRE AN ADDITIONAL VALET. Everyone who is planning to drive, PLEASE USE THE VALET AT THE RITZ CARLTON. The extra valet will be charged directly to your host, so please contribute a few dollars to a jar in the game room, to help your host cover this cost. A contribution is not required to attend.

DIRECTIONS:

The Ritz is on Key Highway across the street from the Visionary Arts Museum. If you are valeting, pull around and they will give you a colored valet ticket and park your car in a secure underground garage with no time limit. (Some of you have commented that you want to know more about the parking situation. I will post below for anyone who wants to read).

Enter the building through the main entrance and TURN LEFT at the corridor as you exit the lobby. Follow the long hallway all the way down. Follow the signs towards building 4. You will see the numbers on the doors going down. You will pass the pool, restrooms, resident lounge, and theater in that order. When you reach what looks like the end of the hallway, a blue wall with a picture of men on horses, turn left. It will be the second door on your right, labeled GAME AND BILLIARDS. Call me if you get lost or have any additional questions. [masked] Nichole

VALET DETAILS:

I own a condo in the building. As a courtesy, the building provides us the use of one valet attendant for our guests. For larger parties, we must hire an additional valet. For this event, I have hired one additional valet attendant. Do not ask the staff where you pay, etc. I host is charged this fee, not each person. If you wish to help the host cover this fee, please contribute to the jar that will be in the gameroom.

Most of you know how valet works, but I'll explain for those of you who are unsure. When you arrive, a valet attendant wearing black will greet you and give you a colored paper ticket. You will need this ticket to retrieve your car later. Leave your car running! As soon as you receive the ticket, you should head to the gameroom. Your car will be parked in a safe underground garage beneath the building and they will keep your keys. There is no time limit. When you are ready to leave, present the valet attendant with your colored ticket. They will get your car and help you get in. At this time, you may give an optional tip. Tips are not expected, but appreciated. If you choose to give one, $2-5 is standard.

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  • j,sportz

    Lila
    It was Cards Against Humanity

    February 10, 2013

  • Tami

    I had a great time as always! I enjoyed meeting new people and playing fun games. Thanks, Nichole!

    February 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a lot of fun meeting everyone! Very well organized!

    February 10, 2013

  • Lila W.

    I had a lot of fun with lots of laughter in the separate board room where we played that wonderful ''adult" version of Apples to Apples ( just can't remember the name of the game- but Austin won!)

    February 10, 2013

  • Edward J.

    Sorry about spelling you name wrong

    February 10, 2013

  • Edward J.

    Nicole thanks for having us at your place and for all the work you did in putting the games together. I look forward to next time. It was a fun event.

    February 10, 2013

  • Nancy P.

    Fantastic event. A great place for a games meetup. Many thanks to the event organizer.

    1 · February 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Did anyone find a fork????

    February 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Tons of games and I loved the setup of having several places. It was fantastic:)

    2 · February 9, 2013

  • Mel

    I can't make it today, but would love to join your group for another meetup in the future!

    February 9, 2013

  • Nicole

    Sorry - cant make it

    February 9, 2013

  • Nichole S.

    Considering the size of this party, i have reserved another room, the residents lounge, which has several 4top tables, a couch and chair area and a non-stocked bar which we can put some refreshments on. This is in addition to the game and billiards room. We will all meet in the game room and i will escort some of you who are interested in 4player board games to the residents lounge. The rooms are not far from each other. Additionally, I have hired 3 valet attendants to park your vehicles. Once again, if you can, please contribute a few dollars in the jar that will be in the game room to help me cover the cost of the extra valets I've had to hire. Looking forward to seeing you all and meeting some new people.

    February 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey Nichole, does the game room have an oven? If not, no biggie. Thanks,

      February 9, 2013

    • Nichole S.

      It does not. It has a microwave though.

      February 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nichole- I may not be able to get there until 4:00 or so, so I will text you to be sure it's going strong before I walk down (I live downtown).

    February 9, 2013

  • Marc J. B.

    I may show up tomorrow for the board games.

    February 8, 2013

  • Lucas T.

    I'm going to bring Cards Against Humanity! It's a more "adult" Apples to Apples. Trust me, you'll love it.

    February 8, 2013

  • Lila W.

    Thank you Nicole for hosting this event.
    Lila

    February 8, 2013

  • Roland

    Sorry but Have to catch up at work

    February 8, 2013

  • Darren

    I will be oot :(

    February 5, 2013

  • Linda G

    I just joined the group and want to make sure I'm clear on the parking--everyone can now use the valet service, is that correct? Also, if anyone is commuting from Owings Mills, let me know and maybe we can carpool. I can't wait to meet everyone.

    February 2, 2013

    • Alex de los R.

      I'm also from the Owings Mills area, but I will already be out that morning and showing up a little past the start time. Looking forward to meeting you all too!

      February 3, 2013

    • Nichole S.

      Yes, everyone can use the valet. I've already hired one extra for a total of 2 valet. I will talk to them this week to see if I need to have a third one. This will be the biggest event I've hosted. But, we should be fine space wise. The gameroom capacity is 85. But we also have a resident lounge which has several 4top tables and a boardroom right next door to the gameroom.

      February 4, 2013

  • Alex de los R.

    I have a very large collection of not-so-common board games I would be happy to bring and share. Please feel free to request any to come along with me. I will be more than happy to share and teach any of these games to others. My list of games can be found here: http://goo.gl/pKFWR

    February 3, 2013

    • Ed M.

      Steffi, were you referring to the D&D role-playing game, or one of the board games with the D&D theme?

      February 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I don't know the difference.

      February 4, 2013

  • Linda G

    Is anyone else bringing a vegan dish?

    1 · February 3, 2013

    • Alex de los R.

      I am vegetarian and will bring something non-meat but it will likely have dairy and/or egg. I might be able to do something vegan if there are enough of you all. :)

      February 3, 2013

  • Carole

    Might be a little late....probably around 130

    February 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    what games are people bringing????

    February 2, 2013

    • Erika

      I will bring Taboo, Cranium & Password, and Susan usually brings Scattergories.

      1 · February 2, 2013

    • Lindsey

      I am bringing Telestrations and Catch A Phrase

      1 · February 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I work on Saturdays and wonder how long this usually goes to see if it's worth my making the drive! thanks.

    January 30, 2013

    • Nichole S.

      It really varies. I've seen them last anywhere from 3-8 hours. Feel free to text or call me if you want to see how many people are still here when you get out of work. My number is in the event details.

      February 2, 2013

  • Trevor

    Thank you Nichole for arranging additional parking. :)

    January 31, 2013

  • Ed M.

    Haven't been before. Is the room going to handle this amount of people?

    1 · January 30, 2013

    • Nichole S.

      The occupancy limit is 85. But we could always use the boardroom which is next door and the residents lounge. There's plenty of room.

      January 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yea, and I doubt everyone will make it, and not everyone will be there at the same time.

      January 31, 2013

  • Naomi

    :( Can't make this one

    January 27, 2013

  • Michael M.

    Looking forward to meeting everyone!

    January 27, 2013

  • Cathy T.

    Are there any games being played in the Hunt Valley area?

    January 21, 2013

    • Nichole S.

      Anyone can suggest a new meetup on this group's homepage. If you know a good place to play in the area or are willing to host at your home, you can suggest it there.

      January 25, 2013

  • Queen k.

    I'll come early and walk around Federal Hill, however, I'm interested in chipping in to hire another valet. Let me know the consensus.

    January 19, 2013

  • Shambry R.

    I love to play scrabble!

    January 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm walking distance so no need to count me against valet numbers.

    January 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'll be walking too, unless it's raining very hard.

      January 14, 2013

    • Jill

      I'll be taking public transport too.

      January 16, 2013

  • Keisha C.

    I've had to change my plans and I will not be able to make it this time. Hope to come to the next one.

    January 16, 2013

  • Aaron O

    I'll be bringing Bang!

    January 16, 2013

  • Trevor

    will self park

    January 16, 2013

  • Erika

    Susan and I are carpooling from White Marsh, in case anyone coming from this side of town would like to meet somewhere and ride with us.

    January 15, 2013

    • Erika

      Sure Lindsey! I sent you an email so we can work out the details.

      January 16, 2013

    • Lindsey

      Thank you!

      January 16, 2013

  • Lauren

    How do we know what number reservation we are?

    January 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm sorry, Nichole, I misunderstood about the valet but it's good that you clarified because I'm sure others new to the group also did not know that 30 people was not the same as 30 cars. I appreciate you hosting and don't want you to incur an extra cost for your hospitality! I think I am correct as far as telling what reservation number you are. The first 30 would be the bottom 30 people and the people on the top of the list would be the most recent and over 30 people. So, Lauren would be the 31st person unless someone below her cancels.

      January 15, 2013

    • Nichole S.

      No problem lindy, its not you're fault. I was unclear in the description. Looking forward to meeting you.

      January 15, 2013

  • Lindsey

    I have Telestrations and Catch a Phrase, does anyone like those? Also, if anyone is inclined whatever food I bring will gluten free (due to my needs), I could possibly do dairy free if there are others that have special food considerations. :0)

    January 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone play Skip Bo? I haven't found someone who plays

    January 15, 2013

    • Firebird

      I play Skip Bo!!!

      January 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm taking public transit, so no need to reserve a valet for me.

    January 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Congratulations on the nuptials and thanks for hosting again! I got UNO Flash for Christmas and it's a lot of fun. I might bring my husband, but I will update the RSVP if he can come.

    January 14, 2013

  • Erika

    Sounds good!

    January 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We'd like to come but want to know the details. :)

    January 14, 2013

  • Nichole Sanderson changed the date and time to Saturday, February 09, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    January 14, 2013

  • Susan R.

    I couldn't do February 2.

    January 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Since it's wintertime, I wouldn't mind advertising this as a Bmore Playground event as well, if you want me to.

    January 14, 2013

    • Nichole S.

      That would be great. Thanks Jason. Any date suggestion?

      January 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I can do Feb 2nd or 9th.

      January 14, 2013

  • Susan R.

    I like Saturday afternoons - Jan 19 or 26?

    January 14, 2013

  • Susan R.

    I'm sorry. Have prior commitment to family I had forgotten. Next time...

    January 14, 2013

  • Judy O.

    Looking forward to next meeting

    January 14, 2013

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