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Post  BeardyTom on Mon 26 Jun 2017, 09:58

I know people can find it a bit scary coming along for the first time, not knowing whether they'll be the only one there who's new and everyone else will be in groups already. Maybe we could have an event aimed at anyone who's been thinking of coming along so that they can expect to not be the only newbie, or at least that anyone there will be expecting newbies and be welcoming.

It could be just one of the regular Tuesday sessions designated as a newbie night occasionally.
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Post  RikTheChief on Mon 26 Jun 2017, 10:40

BeardyTom wrote:I know people can find it a bit scary coming along for the first time, not knowing whether they'll be the only one there who's new and everyone else will be in groups already. Maybe we could have an event aimed at anyone who's been thinking of coming along so that they can expect to not be the only newbie, or at least that anyone there will be expecting newbies and be welcoming.

It could be just one of the regular Tuesday sessions designated as a newbie night occasionally.

That's a really good idea we could advertise it as such, maybe even invite a reporter from the Star?
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Post  DaveB on Mon 26 Jun 2017, 11:16

Once a quarter maybe, starting a week or two into term-time for the students?
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Post  RikTheChief on Mon 26 Jun 2017, 11:21

If you ever spot any new people, send them my way I usually bring (and prefer) shorter games. I don't mind meeting and teaching new people.
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Post  BeardyTom on Mon 26 Jun 2017, 14:54

DaveB wrote:Once a quarter maybe, starting a week or two into term-time for the students?

Sounds about right to me. I have no idea when terms are, though.
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Post  RikTheChief on Mon 26 Jun 2017, 15:52

Kes, we need a picture of a nervous cartoon cat about to play a board game, can you oblige?! Smile

Some words of encouragement might be appropriate, to try and head of some of the misconceptions some people may have -

e.g. You won't be asked to play a 3 hour game of Monopoly - most games will be 1 hour if not less
Fun games are preferable to excessive competitiveness - maybe a note about Co-ops being available?
Feel free to bring games you like but there is a library available already
Everyone welcome
etc...

Another thought, is there any way we can offer some feedback so if people do turn up and don't like it for some reason they can let us know why? Anonymously if needs be?


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Post  Kes on Mon 26 Jun 2017, 15:57

People have talked about this every now and the in the past. I'm all in favour of it because I hate to think of people wanting to game but being to shy to come along or whatever.
At this point we do have to this about our attendance numbers and realistically we are quite often basically at capacity. In the medium term, it might actually be counter productive to encourage too many more people to come. Depressing as that is!
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Post  DaveB on Mon 26 Jun 2017, 16:05

That's certainly a fair point Kes, as often as not we are packing the place out atm...
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Post  MelissaLee on Sat 08 Jul 2017, 18:45

RikTheChief wrote:If you ever spot any new people, send them my way I usually bring (and prefer) shorter games.  I don't mind meeting and teaching new people.

Hi! I'm new to the area and hoping to join (and a bit terrified to do so). Would it be possible to join in one of your games if I come during this week (or whatever week you are there)??
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Post  Kes on Sat 08 Jul 2017, 20:07

Hi Melissa, there are always people playing good gateway games and people are always happy to accommodate new players. If you try and arrive around 7 you'll definitely be able to get in a game. Everyone is very friendly, it's well worth coming down.
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Post  MelissaLee on Sat 08 Jul 2017, 20:09

Brilliant! See you there!
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Post  Aneurin on Sat 08 Jul 2017, 21:37

The other option is to increase the frequency of weekend events... like
Fornightly or weekly Sunday sessions. With more options we might see some dilution and therefore space for new players?
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Post  RikTheChief on Sat 08 Jul 2017, 22:13

MelissaLee wrote:
RikTheChief wrote:If you ever spot any new people, send them my way I usually bring (and prefer) shorter games.  I don't mind meeting and teaching new people.

Hi! I'm new to the area and hoping to join (and a bit terrified to do so). Would it be possible to join in one of your games if I come during this week (or whatever week you are there)??

No problem it's a really friendly place, I'm sure we can accommodate!
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Post  RikTheChief on Sat 08 Jul 2017, 22:13

Aneurin wrote:The other option is to increase the frequency of weekend events... like
Fornightly or weekly Sunday sessions. With more options we might see some dilution and therefore space for new players?

I like this idea!
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Post  Lizzy on Sat 08 Jul 2017, 22:24

I can check with The Red Deer what their availability would be
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Post  Aneurin on Sat 08 Jul 2017, 22:27

I could ask Ash about the Uni arms... might be useful if the games are there?
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Post  Lizzy on Sat 08 Jul 2017, 22:43

They don't open on Sundays. We could do some Saturdays, but might get confusing where we are when?
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Post  BeardyTom on Sat 08 Jul 2017, 23:14

Maybe even an extra night during the week.
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Post  Aneurin on Sun 09 Jul 2017, 10:51

If someone wants to make this their baby I'd happily talk over a particular evening with Ash at the Uni arms. I wouldn't be able to commit to anything more than a Tuesday myself... but the club should have a presence there regularly on these extra nights... anyone up for the challenge?
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Post  Scott_Fryer on Mon 10 Jul 2017, 09:31

I'd be up for running something like a single extra session a month, aimed at new members , possibly something like the first thursday of a month , or something like that ?
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Post  Aneurin on Mon 10 Jul 2017, 09:35

Scott_Fryer wrote:I'd be up for running something like a single extra session a month, aimed at new members , possibly something like the first thursday of a month , or something like that ?

Great - thanks for stepping up Scott... Let me send you Ash's email address and you can sort out the best date to start... would seem sensible to get this setup at the Uni arms for continuity and access to the library...

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Post  RikTheChief on Mon 10 Jul 2017, 10:16

Aneurin wrote:
Scott_Fryer wrote:I'd be up for running something like a single extra session a month, aimed at new members , possibly something like the first thursday of a month , or something like that ?

Great - thanks for stepping up Scott... Let me send you Ash's email address and you can sort out the best date to start... would seem sensible to get this setup at the Uni arms for continuity and access to the library...

Well done Scott.

I can't commit to running anything unfortunately but I'll certain turn up whenever I can.
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Post  DaveB on Mon 10 Jul 2017, 10:44

RikTheChief wrote:
Well done Scott.

I can't commit to running anything unfortunately but I'll certain turn up whenever I can.

Likewise Smile
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Post  Samuel_C on Mon 10 Jul 2017, 15:37

DaveB wrote:
RikTheChief wrote:
Well done Scott.

I can't commit to running anything unfortunately but I'll certain turn up whenever I can.

Likewise Smile
Yes, same goes for me too Smile
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Post  David88 on Tue 11 Jul 2017, 12:48

hi all, i would definitely interested in this. Bit apprehensive about coming on a Tuesday as the extent of my gaming is carcassonne and settlers. Had axis and allies for about a year but nobody is brave enough to attempt a game with me!

I feel a new members night would be perfect and a little less scary than walking into a room where virtually everybody is already friends with each other!
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