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True Blue Jon
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I've started a monthly game night at my church and while we had about 20 people show up the first night, we get maybe 8 people now that it's been going on for about 4 months. What's a good way to advertise and get people coming?
 
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What day and time are they? Are those times convenient?

You could always put something in the sunday bulletin. One good idea might be to have a Trivial pursuit torunament or something. Guys versus Gals, or coupals on a team seems to do it.
 
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You get 8 now?!?
Some groups would love to have eight regulars.

Around here, having 8 people show up is a really good turnout.
 
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7pm-midnight on the 3rd Friday of the month and it is in the church bulletin the Sunday before.

I guess I should count my blessings in that I do get 8. I just want more!
 
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Low Turnout
The middle of the summer is a notorious time for low turnout in many activities. People are away on vacation and/or just have a lot of other commitments. Give it a few months and see who your regulars are and that will give you a ballpark figure on a weekly turnout. As word gets around (and it will take a little time) you will start to get more people showing up. We started a group at a local Borders Books about 9 months ago and we initially had enough for one table (3-5 usually). That gradually grew to 6-8 and these last 3 weeks we have been getting 10+ every night. In contrast, several weeks in June had really low turnout just because people had other commitments.
 
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I'd kill for a regular 4.
 
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Advertising a Gaming Group
If you're only open to having people from your church attend Game Nights, I would advise bringing up the group in conversation when you're at other church activities. Personal invitations (via phone or in-person conversation) can be very effective.

If you're open to having others outside your church attend Game Nights, there are a few more things you might try:

1. Advertise the group on Meetup.com, either by using a Meetup group as a way of telling people about your regular group, or by suggesting your monthly date and time as options for your local boardgame Meetup.
2. Advertise the Game Nights on local game/hobby/book shops' (physical) bulletin boards.
3. List your group in AccessDenied.net's free gamers' database, perhaps by using the site's Challenge feature.
4. Take advantage of free media opportunities such as your local TV and newspapers' Community Calendar or other Listings sections.
5. Search Yahoo Groups for groups of gamers in your area, and post your Game Night info there.

Good luck.
 
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Friday night's for fighting
Or is that Saturday night? Anyway, I don't think Friday is a good night, it is a time for the cinema and heading off for the weekend.

Still, eight is good. At Billabong we have around 14+ now BUT we changed it from weekly to fortnightly. It got everyone together on the one night rather than seven one Tuesday and six the next.

Posters at a hobby shop is a good way to attract attention but a web-site is the most important. Most serious gamers at Billabong read the web-site first. Even a one pager info site is good enough.

You want to attract serious gamers because they're the ones who will be consistent attenders. Otherwise you're having to explain the rules of Settlers and Puerto Rico every week to a newbie. I like visitors who get excited about Bohnanza but I also like getting straight into a game like El Grande and playing hard too.
 
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Fridays are good!
I disagree with the Friday night criticisms. I hold a game night on the first and third Fridays of the month and in months with five Fridays I'll have an additional. I think Friday is a great night for gaming. After working all week people usually don't have the energy to go out clubbing or partying or anything that takes a lot of effort on a Friday night. They want something more relaxing and a good time with good friends in a casual setting fits the bill.

Summer might be slow, but as long as you have air conditioning it shouldn't be a problem.

I think you've got a good thing going and only have a couple recommendations:
1. Don't be numbers obsessed. Just make sure that the people who come regularly are having a great time. If the people coming are having a great time, they'll tell others and start bringing them. 8 is a great turnout for a group of friends. Having a good variety of games for different numbers of players helps.
2. The frequency of your gaming might be too few and far between. Maybe you want to do it more often so it's more on the forefront of peoples' minds. Maybe one on Friday and one on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon perhaps?
3. Invites and reminders are always good. Do you have an email list? Are the 12 people that showed up the first time but not since on it?



 
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