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Ralph Meleti
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Hi guys

I like to meet up with friends for games about once a week, however one of the challenges is finding a venue (when none of our own places are free). Hobby stores tend to close early (9pm ish).

So just wondering if you guys can provide any good recommendations or pointers for brainstorming a venue? (that's free of course)
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Perhaps you could reach out to schools and ask if they have any rooms you could use during evenings?
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Private room in a library?
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It's very unlikely you will find a venue, other than someone's house, that is truly "free".

Pubs or café's, if they don't charge for the space, will at least expect a fair amount of purchasing drink/food whilst you occupy their tables.

You might find a club or group running in a local College or University but again times may be restricted.

You could look up local community centres or halls, though again these may charge for use.

Other than that it is always worth talking to proprietors of places with suitable space to see if you can come to a mutually beneficial arrangement. This may depend on how many you are or could attract.

It is also worth talking to the Hobby store owners, if they see the potential for additional sales through customer loyalty for them opening a bit later.

At the end of the day it never hurts to ask the worst is they say no or give you a cost to make it happen.
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T. Dauphin
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I expect schools will charge.

joe_salamone wrote:
Private room in a library?


Libraries are the best bet for free.

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One of the groups I attend uses a Canadian Legion (for veterans) which closes at 10. The one we use now is free, we just buy sodas and beer from the bar.

The other groups I belong to uses a church hall. The group has 2 "keyholders" who rotate opening up/closing up and we play from 6pm-11pm (but can close later). I'm not sure how it was found but it works out great. We pay a $30/night fee which comes out of a $2.50 charge with excess/shortfalls going to/coming from a game library fund.

Good luck.
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Do you have such things as social clubs? We meet in one called the royal British legion (not sure if this phenomenon exists outside of the UK lol), and the plus is extra cheap drinks! They charge each person £1 entry but you also get the added bonus of a couple of regulars sitting down the other end looking at us wondering why we are invading them lol.

Schools or community centres are generally cheap to hire out too. Some pubs will do game evenings too and give you a corner/section.
 
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oridyne wrote:
You might find a club or group running in a local College or University but again times may be restricted.


The student union building where I've played lets us stay until midnight.

A library where I've also played lets the gamers stay after the library itself has closed. The gamers have to leave at 11pm.
 
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A gaming buddy told me that he had an RPG group that would meet at a local fast food place that had a separated meeting area. The only thing the manager asked was that every participant bought a meal (and it came with free drink refills).

Perhaps if you found a local establishment, asked when their slower evenings were, and agree on a day. The place gets your group's business and you have a place to gather.

Wish you luck in finding a place. I know it can be tough sometimes.
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Well my place is what we use.

But, for another gaming group I go to from time to time, they use the food court at a local University, It's open long hours and has good access. Plus, might bring n new blood.
 
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boardgamecomponents wrote:
Perhaps you could reach out to schools and ask if they have any rooms you could use during evenings?


Depending on what kind of school. A high school will be an instant no go. A college seems like just a matter of looking.
 
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