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Subject: Social Games Evening - Crowborough, East Sussex - Week 1 rss

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Kevin O'Sullivan
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Tunbridge Wells
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The first (27/2/2011) of the series of four Sunday night taster session could best be described as quiet!

Whilst the pub had been absolutely buzzing at lunch time our little group (my wife and two friends) made up half (or more) of the clientele for much of the evening. I guess the end of the month, a local wargames event through the day, TV scheduling and the end of half term all contributed to why the pub was so quiet, with its knock on impact onto our event. An event that with the help of friends I had sought to advertise actively both within the non gaming and gaming communities of Crowborough and the surrounding area.

Having set up a number of games on the tables within the restaurant area and with no interested takers for games my band of supporters
and I played a game of Alhambra, and then Dominion.

Just as the second game of Dominion was about to commence ReoRae (a talented local singer http://www.reorae.com/), Simon and Becky turned up looking for a drink and were willing to have a go at a couple of the games we had brought along.

Having never played any of the various games set out they elected to play Qwirkle, a gentle non taxing game which Rae proceeded to win by a mile in spite of claiming that she was "no good at games"!

Having only popped in for a quick drink but having enjoyed their first game they agreed to have a go at another game Straw which allowed me to bring both groups together for the final game of the evening. Straw is a light hearted game with a vague Arabian Nights theme that offers players the opportunity to drop each other in trouble, although it has a funny habit of backfiring as Simon and Becky found out.

Having advertised the event far and wide it was obviously disappointing (although not entirely surprising given the feedback from other people who have attempted something similar) that we didn’t attract any thing but passing interest. However looking at things from a more positive perspective people who had no intention of playing a game joined us, played two games they had never heard of before and had a great time.

Our next event will be, at the Blue Anchor, Beacon Road, Crowborough, East Sussex, TN6 1BB, on the 13th March 2011 any time after 6pm
 
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David Gatheral
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It's too far away for me, but do keep plugging away!

Good luck.
 
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Kevin O'Sullivan
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Thanks for your support.

I will be doing a post later today on how yesterday (the second of the series) went. Sadly lots of positive feedback and indication prior to the day but even less people than last time!
 
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Ben Kings
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Sounds like a nice event. Sadly, I am in the same boat as David (as in, it's too far) but I'll certainly bear it in mind if I am over in that side of the county!

Good luck with future events though! cool
 
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