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Where do you play your games when you are not playing at home? My local game shop isn't very inviting and so I generally play at coffee shops, but not all of them are welcoming to gamers. What kinds of places to you use for playing games and how do you manage the time and space that is required for games compared to simply eating or drinking?
 
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McDog
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cubeconvict wrote:
Where do you play your games when you are not playing at home?


I don't.
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tim thorson
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Various game shops or other people's houses
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'Bernard Wingrave'
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At church or at a friend's house.
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Curt Carpenter
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Cafeteria of a local large company where some gamers work.
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I regularly attend a game night at a FLGS and another at a friend's house. I also have a Go club that meets at a coffeehouse. Occasionally I'll play at other groups which might be at someone else's home, a different FLGS or a small community center.
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Michael Carter
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A building on campus that is open 24 hours a day.
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At my house mostly but occasionally at in laws and this summer while camping. I havent been to a gaming group.
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Coffee shops, we go to ones which are not that busy, so we are not taking up table space and are sure to order coffee and a pastry (how we suffer for our hobby.)

We have a couple local game groups which go to Panera's and reserve their VIP rooms for that.

Or else our FLGS is really great, our game club has two big meetings there a month and they run events as well...

We have even been known to play some games (Gloom, Resistance...) at bars during happy hour. The key being going when they do not otherwise need tables, and in these situations also be sure to tip well so you are always welcomed back....
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Francis Cermak
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The Super Target near me has a huge eating section with big tables that is ALWAYS empty. Target is open until 11:00 PM and as long as we buy from their in-store Starbucks, the manager doesn't care that we game there.
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Tuesdays at the office of a member that holds ~20 people, Saturdays now at the new (and only) FLGS or a math building lobby of the local college. I don't prefer gaming in public, but those are pretty nice places for it.
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I've been to a lot of organised meetings in various English cities in pubs. Our Liverpool group met for 6 years in my local until we moved last week to somewhere that could accommodate our current size. There's a lot of very quiet pubs on Sundays and Mondays (beware sports pubs though) where they will reserve tables for you which is essential if it's a general meeting rather than friends playing a game (6 other customers spread about a bit can fill a lot of tables). There's also a lot of pubs with private rooms that charge little or nothing if you avoid Friday and Saturday. Pubs also generally stay open later than cafes. Only common problem is whether the tables are suitable - I've seen small round tables, uneven height collections and even bolted down tables. Cafe tables are almost always large enough for most games, and are usually rectangular so can be merged if needed (and allowed).

I also occasionally play in a cafe as Liverpool has one dedicated to games, virtually all Magic but they like us for variety and host our all-day events twice a year (about 90 players last time).
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Ian Taylor
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Pubs are an excellent venue to play games for all the reasons Paul mentions above, plus the one that he forgot to mention, which is that they sell beer.

Only downside is if you have children in your play group.
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my game club meets at member's houses. the local games store's "board game nights" meet on bad days/times for me to attend and not nearly frequent enough.
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Jeff Binning
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I play at home, or various friend's homes, and monthly at a local community center where 30 or 40 folks meet to play.
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I play at friend's houses and our local library, our gaming club meets in the local Masonic Hall, a pub and a Miner's Welfare Hall
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Usually at home but also on my canal cruising boat in France.
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Tom Demento
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Online. Between work, working on the house/garden and our two year old we don't get out much these days. So the only gaming that happens these days is either portable or at my house, before that was at the FLGS.
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Local game store or at the home of one of our group members.
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Game stores are usually the best with the least restrictions. Homes, coffee shops, bars (at slow times), and the library are all decent. There usually is some sort of restriction you may have though. It might be volume, foul language, no food or drink/must buy food or drink or just small spaces. I've even played in mall food courts, but then you get interrupted a lot with curious passers-by.
 
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The guy who started our game group made some arrangement with a local Catholic school to let us use their gymnasium the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month. TONS of space and TONS of tables.
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I play games not to win, it's the gathering that's important - Thanks for the tip Cate108!
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Here in Malaysia, apart from FLGS and boardgame cafes, the trend seems to be at cafes and fast food chain restaurants. The main reason is because they open 24 hours a day.

I myself co-organize a meet up at a fast food joint. There are a couple of long tables (sort of like a picnic table) at our place, which can fit 8-10 people at one time (4 each side). My meet up starts late (1030pm or so) so families who come to eat can use the table first.
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FLGS. The gals there ARE my regular game group!
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PaulinTheLion wrote:
I've been to a lot of organised meetings in various English cities in pubs. Our Liverpool group met for 6 years in my local until we moved last week to somewhere that could accommodate our current size. There's a lot of very quiet pubs on Sundays and Mondays (beware sports pubs though) where they will reserve tables for you which is essential if it's a general meeting rather than friends playing a game (6 other customers spread about a bit can fill a lot of tables). There's also a lot of pubs with private rooms that charge little or nothing if you avoid Friday and Saturday. Pubs also generally stay open later than cafes. Only common problem is whether the tables are suitable - I've seen small round tables, uneven height collections and even bolted down tables. Cafe tables are almost always large enough for most games, and are usually rectangular so can be merged if needed (and allowed).

I also occasionally play in a cafe as Liverpool has one dedicated to games, virtually all Magic but they like us for variety and host our all-day events twice a year (about 90 players last time).


You'd never be able to play in the bars around here unless you wrapped all of your games in plastic.
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Our weekly group usually meets at my house. The FLGS has a weekly meet during the week and that just doesn't work for me (some of them also meet on Friday nights, but see my next point). Plus we can game while enjoying good beer and scotch - cant do that at the FLGS.
 
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