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Geoffrey Burrell
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Where does everyone out there go to play games? At a private residence or at your FLGS? Does everyone out there use their FLGS to invite players to your group?
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Primarily at company's cafeteria (employer of some group members).

Occasionally someone's house.
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90% of our gaming is at our residence. My wife and I are empty nesters so we have lots of room. I have been involved in hosting public venue and private venue events.

Depending on what the nature of your needs or questions, I did a blog on BGG awhile back to help people with getting their game groups off the ground.

https://boardgamegeek.com/blog/148/thoughts-creating-and-gro...

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Primarily at a friend's house (or 2-player games with my wife at home).
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We play mostly at my table on the patio. Right by the beach. No biggie.

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GeoffreyB wrote:
Where does everyone out there go to play games? At a private residence or at your FLGS? Does everyone out there use their FLGS to invite players to your group?


Conventions (I run four per year, myself), Friday nights at a church that lets us use their space as-available (we make nominal contributions) until the wee hours, Tuesday night at a friend's house or my place. Rarely at a FLGS, since their hours are too restrictive.
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We play in my son's mom's basement.

Pete (tries to make it sound as dorky as it really is)
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Kathleen Nugent
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Thursdays at Panera. We go to the back room and take the long table in the middle of the room. The next group of gamers takes one of the side tables, the next, another side table. Our attendance usually stops at 12.

Saturdays at a college. We have a large room with many tables that we configure however we need. We play from 8:00am until 6:00pm. A college gaming group comes in as we are leaving.

Once a month at someone's house. There were three tables playing last week when I was there. It's arranged through MeetUp.



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Weekly at the mead hall's public games night, and our group of friends that met there also do some weekend game afternoons at people's houses.
Occasionally a cafe games night organized by some other friends outside that group.
I do go to one FLGS's game library when it's quiet, and their environment seems like their open gaming nights would be a good fit, but I haven't gone yet to one.
I'm weighing whether to sign up to teach a game at a small local convention in January...


I really liked some of the posts in Bixby's blog - particularly about problems that happen when groups grow, being a welcoming ambassador in a public setting, and the code of conduct (things that one takes for granted until encountering someone who doesn't abide by it...)

Some other threads I've seen around here about managing food and people at a private games event have also been useful for ideas, even if not directly applicable. It would be fun to have a slow-cooker-potluck long games day sometime, where everyone brings a slow cooker of uncooked things and starts it when they arrive, and 4-8 hours later we're grazing on delicious things. Garlic in a slow cooker does sometimes produce an acrid odor though.
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The place I currently play the most is at a weekly game night at a meeting room at work as part of a company sponsored gamers club.

I have also gamed at the following locations:
-People's homes
-Library conference rooms
-Church basement
-FLGS
-College conference room

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Trevor Taylor
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Mostly at home, but also fairly often at the local pub and at other convention venues (big or small). But it's all driven by the best and most convenient gaming options.

I play at our house a lot as it's most available for impromptu gaming and the most comfortable environment in terms of chairs and facility. But I will go where the gaming is
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'My' gaming group plays at my home.

I also go to the FLGS and other events, where impromptu groups are formed.
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Mostly at our FLGS, though we've played a great deal at our house with friends.
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I have a long-standing gaming group that gets together a couple of times a year:

• At a small convention in May that we've been running for 30 years.

• At someone's house for a weekend-long invitation-only housecon in October.

• On New Years Day, typically at my place.

• Occasionally otherwise as time allows.

Beyond there there are some local meet-ups at restaurants/bars that I go to from time to time. My goal for 2019 is to go to these more often.
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My Wednesday night board game group meets at Larry's house, about a mile from my house.

My monthly board game group called G.A.S.P. (Gaming Assoc. of Southwestern Pennsylvania) meets at a church.
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We take turns hosting at our houses.
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At a church:


For those in Arizona: https://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1723795/chandler-arizon...

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At home with my wife when playing 2 player and at the library when we are a group.
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Michael Debije
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At one of our homes. We all have huge collections, so games mostly from the local collection.
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We play in my small apartment. I think it makes sense, since I am the sole game provider!

richcharters wrote:
At a church:


surprisesurprisesurprisesurprisesurprise!!!

I seem to read/hear that alot of people play at/in churches.

I have been in about 10 different churches but have never seen one, that haves rooms set up for gaming or other hobby aktivities!

In our churches as far as I know, they have about one big room (and maybe small office for priest) and that room is filled with rows of seats and is used for Weddings, Funerals, Sunday Preaching and so forth. They certienly do not have a room like in your picture

Maybe it is difference of culture?
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looks to be.....a basketball hoop...in church?..............Oh and me.........I play in my kitchen
 
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My house. My home has a "dining room" that has become the game room. (Who needs a dining room, anyway?)

I organize and host game nights because I have space, I have games, and only I have the desire and commitment to make sure it happens.
 
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richcharters wrote:


After looking at this picture, I figured there was a good chance I was dealing with another BYU grad. Yep. Go cougs!

Da Senzai wrote:

Maybe it is difference of culture?


Yes. Yes, it is.
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richcharters wrote:

That just links to the picture that you already embedded. On that picture's page, it appears to be part of "Twelve Oaks Game Night", but that links to https://boardgamegeek.com/null. Is it a defunct guild or something?
 
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My group happens to be a meetup goup that I have been organizing for about 1.5 years.

We meet at the Marple Library in Broomall, PA two nights per week and sometimes on a Saturday.

We also meet at the Boro Hall of Swarthmore, PA each Sunday.

We originally met at a few different members' homes, but we now rely on public locations. This has been working well - lots of convenient parking, usually no food while playing, and better safety for every one concerned.

We might be considering a local diner for some additional future gaming events.
 
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