Mike White
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Hi all,

I live in the Stockport area (South Manchester); I moved here about 6 years ago leaving most of my friends and family behind me in the South. I enjoy playing most types of board games but only really get the chance to play with the missus and her family. It would be nice to find a couple of like-minded 30-somethings to get together every so often for a few beers, bit of Xbox, Match of the Day, poker, and a casual game of Agricola or similar.

I'm not really into all the wizards and trolls and RPG gaming groups side of things, I hung up my pointy hats and all that Jazz about 15 years ago before I went to Uni. No offense intended to the hardcore in any way who I genuinely admire for not caring what the world thinks, but I'm only a partial geek and pretend not to be whenever possible.

So I thought I'd post on here and see if there was any individuals nearby of a similar mindset. Perhaps once we're over the embarressment of fishing for mates on BGG a few of us could gather, have some drinks and argue the finer points of games intended for people 20 years our junior?

As a final point, just a quick note to say thanks to everyone that runs, contributes etc to BGG. Great example of a website and online community done properly.


Mike

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StabCon is on at the Britannia in Stockport this weekend (1400 Friday - 1800 Sunday). It's mostly boardgames fest, and is completely awesome.

A lot of local boardgames attend, and other come from all-over the show otherwise. You should be able to meet some local games that way as well as have a good weekend.
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Hi Mike.

I go to a weekly game group which currently meets on a Tuesday night at the Heaton Mersey conservative club in Stockport... most people in the group are late twenties, thirties and beyond and we enjoy playing boardgames.. Agricola is a particular favourite of several in our group. You are certainly welcome to come along.

I personally am 36 (-4 days) and am a professional and recently married, with a baby due in the next couple of weeks!!

As Slev mentioned there is Stabcon this coming weekend, which I will be at for some of the time.. the age range is 18+ but there are a lot of people who attend in their 30s; 40s etc.you may find it a bit more geeky than you are looking for though.

If you're not interesting in coming along to a group, or convention, and are just looking for another couple to meet up with for games now and again, then my wife and I could perhaps meet up with you some time.. once the dust has settled after becoming parents of course!!! I am proud to be geek and I'm not into Match of the Day; Poker or drinking Beer... but we're friendly people, play boardgames and Nintendo Wii. There are others in our game group who are more interested in those other traditional male pastimes.
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Mike,

I'd pop along to Stabcon this weekend, it's on from Friday till Sunday night. You could come along for a day to get the feel for it and see what you think, there are some friendly people there.

I'm a 27 year old male who does enjoy football, until my knee op I played for a sunday league team but just run the team now, along with beer, poker, MOTD and like Grimwold own a Wii. I first attended Stabcon a few years back and enjoyed it loads, I'll be there once again this year on the Saturday and Sunday.

If that doesn't catch your fancy the group I game with meet in a pub in Bolton every Thursday, 7pm-11pm. Not sure on your transport situation but if you have a car and don't mind a shortish drive thats another option for you.

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On a side note I've played a few boardgames with Grimwold, both at Stabcon and the Bolton GNOME's all dayer and was lucky enough to get a game in with his wife at the last Bolton all dayer too. They are a very friendly couple and I would highly recommend taking Grimwold up on his offer if it's something your interested in.
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Similarly, I endorse Stabcon as well. If you come to it this weekend you'll have the chance to play more games than you can shake a very big stick at. And feel free to come over, say hi, and have a beer bought for you. If it's Agricola you're wanting, it's a popular game for us, although you'll have to risk a trouncing by the purple Agricola wizard!

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Isn't it possible to build two cotton mills in Stockport?
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jtakagi wrote:
Isn't it possible to build two cotton mills in Stockport?
An over simplification of theme, Stockport was famous for silk, then hats.

I will also be at Stabcon, can also recommend Bolton and can also vouch for Andy and the Heaton Mersey Con Club crowd (just don't let Chooi explain any rules to you devil ).

If you do come to Stabcon, Ben and I usually have a picture of a Gnome stuck up somewhere near our table - find us and we can point you towards Andy.

And in September there is another great chance to meet friendly boardgamers in the area at the Bolton all-dayer.
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Hey,

Many thanks for all the warm responses, the info, the offer of a beer, taking the time to respond, the offer of a beer, opportunity for a couples night of Agricola, offer of a beer etc. And good luck with the little'un.

I'm actually away most weekends through summer at my caravan (I know.............. geeky!!!), and this weekend is no exception. I may be back Sunday afternoon, but I probably wouldn't head to the Stabcon to be honest.

Hard to say without risking offence, but sitting in a hotel conference suite or in a pub playing games at a regular meeting isn't really what I'm after. I feel like a fish out of water walking into Fanboy 3 to buy Twilight Struggle. And the trip home! 8 miles of public transport holding a games workshop bag...... I almost threw the whole thing off the viaduct.

It was more of a shout out to those people that perhaps aren't already in a group or a club and perhaps like me aren't interested in conventions or formal gaming groups that usually at least flirt with RPG's. They just happen to like board games as the backdrop for an evening that usually involves a crate of Oranjeboom and an argument and for whatever reason don't have much of an opportunity to dust off the old collection too often.

I just read this back in preview and I see I called it "the Stabcon". See what I mean?
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Grimwold wrote:
I personally am 36 (-4 days) and am a professional and recently married, with a baby due in the next couple of weeks!!

I had forgotten we shared a birthday... Happy birthday young man!
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Slim Chalkey wrote:
Hard to say without risking offence

None taken.

Slim Chalkey wrote:
formal gaming groups that usually at least flirt with RPG's.
Woah, straying close now! I have trouble enough bringing myself to play a game that has plastic pieces. You won't catch me anywhere near an RPG.

Seriously though, I can understand what you mean - you are looking for socialising that happens to involve boardgaming, where as most of us are looking primarily for boardgaming (though we are also pretty sociable).

So, maybe the con is not for you - it might be worth giving one of the clubs a try though. There will be no RPGs and if it is not your thing then at least you may meet people who are up for a beer with you and you know won't object to a game being thrown in.
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Geordie,

Thats it exactly, yes. Thanks for putting into words what I fumbled around for 2 entire posts.

Mike
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Im from stockport, ill admit im not a hardcore boardgamer ive just entered the hobby, but ill echo the call of Stabcon, its worth checking out and its popular from what I can gather, I can not attend it as I am fourteen but another place to check out in Fan Boys in central manchester if you want to travel, I usually pop in when im in town, its nice with multiple age groups gaming.


Hope this helps

Steve
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