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Any NYC Mefites interested in a Board gaming group?

Was in London since Jan and had the pleasure of being able to go to a weekly board game group at a pub from about 6-11, loved being able to play with loads of people and varieties of different games.

I'm back home now and the people I know aren't remotely interested in board games, so I thought I may as well ask the grey and see if anyone would be interested in a Bi-Monthly(Monthly/Weekly) board-gaming group during the weekend somewhere accessible in Manhattan (I live in Westchester so I would prefer it be easy to get to from Grand central).

We can discuss all those details later on, but for now I'm curious about general interest. Any takers?
posted by Del Far to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:06 PM (120 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

Sadly, I don't live in New York, but that sounds like an awesome idea. If anyone wanted to do this in Seattle, MeMail me (don't comment here) and I'll start a new thread.
posted by grouse at 1:12 PM on June 8, 2010


YES. I've been meaning to do this myself for some time. I have a lot of "German"-style board games that I rarely get to play.

Once there's a quorum we can see what the consensus about location, time, etc. would be. Personally I usually just ignore Manhattan on the weekends, but I could be persuaded to commute.
posted by grobstein at 1:20 PM on June 8, 2010


I don't know that I'd be available on a regular basis, but I imagine I would pop in every now and again. Yay games!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 1:20 PM on June 8, 2010


(More than once a month would probably be too frequent, though.)
posted by grobstein at 1:21 PM on June 8, 2010


I will come!
posted by ocherdraco at 1:23 PM on June 8, 2010


I listen to (video) gaming podcasts ALL DAY. And I’ve been curious to try some of the more hardcore “euro” style ones. So YES. There’s this lovecraft thing that me and some friends got halfway through, but never finished that I REALLY want to try. I’d be more reliable on a monthly basis.
posted by edbles at 1:25 PM on June 8, 2010


I live upstate so I'm not in a position to, you know, officially sign up for something like this, but I'll be keeping my eye on this thread. I often visit the city and hope to move there soon, and this sounds like a great idea.

If you're looking for establishments that would be conducive to such a group, 88 Orchard is a little cafe on the Lower East Side that has a lot of board games and a comfy basement-level area.
posted by Jaltcoh at 1:25 PM on June 8, 2010


Not in New York or Seattle, but I would look into finding a good boardgame store and seeing if they have open game nights. When I was at UT I got into boardgames via quiz bowlers who also played board games at Great Hall Games (then) near campus. They had miniature nights and RPG nights, but Friday nights were for boardgames. That led to knowing more boardgamers in general and getting invited to various groups that had weekly games around town including the legendary RussCon.
posted by kmz at 1:27 PM on June 8, 2010


Oh goodness yes.
posted by davidjmcgee at 1:28 PM on June 8, 2010


There's a few Metro MeFites are also members of the NerdNYC community board. I'm sure they could enlist a few of their bretheren to sit in and partake of ale, mead, and adventure.
posted by Smart Dalek at 1:32 PM on June 8, 2010


I'm a Philly Mefite and am now extremely jealous! Have fun NYC people!
posted by Diskeater at 1:34 PM on June 8, 2010


Lovecraft board game.
posted by edbles at 1:36 PM on June 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


If there are any Chicago Mefites (or Mephites) jealously reading this, I can host boardgamery on alternate Wednesdays which is to say, the weeks my AD&D (1st ed) game doesn't meet
posted by jtron at 1:58 PM on June 8, 2010


I am drawn to games but am bad at them, so I am an ideal ego boost to my fellow mefis. I would vote for a weekday night but...
posted by shothotbot at 2:04 PM on June 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


As Smart Dalek mentioned, there are at least a few MeFites who are also members of NerdNYC. We have a monthly boardgame night at Think Coffee on Mercer St. The next one is this coming Friday, the 11th, at 7pm. It's open to all!
posted by miskatonic at 2:06 PM on June 8, 2010


I am very interested, with the proviso that I will be spending at least a weekend or two a month at my apartment in Boston.

I'm also interested in Nerd NYC. Is it just a forum? Can I just show up at one of their events without being a "member"? Cause if a bunch of MeFites go to their board game nights, I'd love to tag along.
posted by Eideteker at 2:12 PM on June 8, 2010


If there are any Chicago Mefites (or Mephites) jealously reading this, I can host boardgamery on alternate Wednesdays which is to say, the weeks my AD&D (1st ed) game doesn't meet

Well, those of us not in the big apple could set up some type of skype simulcast board game thing. We'd each have to have our own boards and have to manually manage each one as the game progreses.
posted by Think_Long at 2:27 PM on June 8, 2010


We already have one of our AD&D players Skyping in and let me just say OH DEAR GOD NOT ME. I prefer to spend game time playing games :p
posted by jtron at 2:32 PM on June 8, 2010


Well, those of us not in the big apple could set up some type of skype simulcast board game thing. We'd each have to have our own boards and have to manually manage each one as the game progreses.

I haven't used it in a while, but I'm pretty sure Brettspielwelt would be a bit less cumbersome.
posted by kmz at 2:36 PM on June 8, 2010


If there are any Chicago Mefites (or Mephites) jealously reading this

Which there certainly are.
posted by adamdschneider at 2:55 PM on June 8, 2010


I don't know if any Inn-Fighting will take place, but I might hop a train if if anyone plans to Kill or Save Doctor Lucky.
posted by Smart Dalek at 3:01 PM on June 8, 2010


I live in NYC and would def be around for some regular gaming. I thought about making this metatalk post myself on more than one occassion. I just got a shipment of Agricola, Dominion, Inca Gold, and Small World yesterday (as well as been playing a lot of Railways of the World The past couple months).
posted by yeti at 3:38 PM on June 8, 2010


I could get into some board-gaming. I've never been a huge board games person, but the right company always changes that. (Playing the Ireland-edition Monopoly in a hostel in Cork with people from all over Europe was pretty sweet, and I hate Monopoly)
posted by kkokkodalk at 4:23 PM on June 8, 2010


Yes. Yes. And yes again! I'm in Brooklyn. Just say the word.
posted by Splunge at 4:37 PM on June 8, 2010


BTW may I suggest Cutthroat Caverns. I'd be more than happy to bring my copy as well as beer/food/dessert or whatever.
posted by Splunge at 4:40 PM on June 8, 2010


Eideteker, NerdNYC revolves around the forum, but that's just the nucleus for a community of NYC nerds. In addition to the board game nights that Miskatonic mentioned, there is also Recess and The Gotham Gaming Guild. For Recess or the boardgame nights, yeah, you can pretty much just show up. GGG takes a bit more planning. Membership is really just a matter of registering on the forum and participating.

Plenty of other bits going on too. I live in the UK now and I really miss my nerds from NerdNYC.
posted by ursus_comiter at 5:51 PM on June 8, 2010


Also, this MeTa is neato because I have now joined NerdNYC. This sounds like potential fun times.
posted by kkokkodalk at 6:02 PM on June 8, 2010


I'm interested. I spent the weekend putting carcassone and catan on my iphone because that's the only way I get to play these days. I also work at grand central, so I like the locale you want, too.
posted by shmegegge at 6:02 PM on June 8, 2010


I've been playing the iPod Touch version of Catan for a while. It's one of the games that I play constantly. I don't know how well that experience translates to live gaming, but I'm willing to try. I'm guessing that the metagame is a lot more fun.

So Carcassone is iAvailable?

Guess I'll have to remove more music to make room. I'm guessing that eventually I'll just have games on my iPod.

::sigh::
posted by Splunge at 6:16 PM on June 8, 2010


About to play Catan with the roommates suckas. Oh and we have Carcassone, too. NERD APARTMENTS FOR LIFE.
posted by edbles at 6:41 PM on June 8, 2010


I, like shothotbot, am drawn to board games but am not very good at them. I probably couldn't commit to anything regular, but I'd love to stop by when possible. Great idea.
posted by harrumph at 9:40 PM on June 8, 2010


Yes. I don't get to play board games often enough anymore. But I don't know any of these newfangled games, so hopefully this will include stuff like Monopoly, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, etc.
posted by cmgonzalez at 12:25 AM on June 9, 2010


Oh yes! I have a scrabble set I can bring. Plus I recently learned a great game called St. Petersburg... I may be able to borrow it from my sister if/when we ever get together.
posted by lolichka at 1:34 AM on June 9, 2010


There's a bpoardgaming meetup group in NJ I drop in on from time to time (http://www.meetup.com/BoardgamesNJ/) so there's bound to be people in NYC itself who do this sort of thing.

I'm in Manhattan more or less every other Saturday afternoon to do a tabletop RPG at the Compleat Strategist and would probably be up for going to a boardgaming thing afterwards, or even making the trip just for a gaming evening. (My usual companion is not a MeFite, but is a much bigger board game geek than I am. I might be able to drag him along.)

For those who are nervous about playing those newfangled games, I find board gamers are more than happy to induct fresh blood in a friendly manner. It's also pretty common for somebody to bring a new game they just bought and try it out on the spot, which puts everyone on an equal footing.

I used to be good-for-my-age at Scrabble, but quit when my classmates stopped being a challenge. This has left me playing like a talented twelve-year-old, which is good for everyone's self-esteem but mine.
posted by Karmakaze at 7:23 AM on June 9, 2010


Somehow, despite my inherent geekiness, in my formative years I missed out on the board games other than Scrabble and a few other mainstream ones.

I'd be interested in coming if people wouldn't be annoyed by someone who doesn't know what she's doing. I'm going to need some serious training wheels, and I have no idea if this will be something I like or not.
posted by sciencegeek at 7:39 AM on June 9, 2010


So... this is kind of disorganized. Does someone want to collect all the "Yes" votes and take the lead planning this?
posted by grobstein at 12:34 PM on June 9, 2010


People who said “YES.” or a variant thereof:
Del Far
Shothotbot
Yeti
Splunge
edbles
shmegeggee
cmgonzalez
lolchika
karmakaze
sciencegeek
Grobstein

People who said “maybe” or “I’m in Nerd NYC” which I can’t parse as being a yes or a no.

Miskatonic
Eidetaker
ThePinkSuperhero
Smart Dalek
Kkokkodalk

So I vote we pick a weeknight /end(?) in June for the first one and someone uses a spare AskMe to find a decent bar to do this at near Grand Central. Suggestions on a date?
posted by edbles at 1:14 PM on June 9, 2010


find a decent bar to do this at near Grand Central

Well, or somewhere else. Grand Central does go to a whole lot of other places.
posted by Jaltcoh at 1:16 PM on June 9, 2010


Looking at the calendar: two weekends from now is Nerd NYC's "Recess", which seems like a close substitute, so we shouldn't do it then.

This coming weekend is pretty soon -- maybe too soon!

Three weekends from now (the 25-6-7?) might be good.
posted by grobstein at 1:47 PM on June 9, 2010


And yeah, Grand Central environs seems less than ideal. Union Square might have more to offer, and is just one stop on the 4, 5.
posted by grobstein at 1:48 PM on June 9, 2010


I went to post a question to AskMe and got sidetracked by this question, which resulted in my purchasing The Republic of Rome.
posted by adamdschneider at 3:17 PM on June 10, 2010


That sounds friggin' awesome
posted by grobstein at 3:19 PM on June 10, 2010


Here is a short summary of the rules to Republic of Rome; I gather the rulebook is dense.
posted by grobstein at 5:43 PM on June 10, 2010


I also said I'm in.
posted by ocherdraco at 6:18 PM on June 10, 2010


Shit. Sorry about that.
posted by edbles at 7:20 PM on June 10, 2010


I would vote for Saturday June 26th or Sunday June 27th, early afternoon. Anyone know of a good venue?
posted by yeti at 6:40 AM on June 11, 2010


Ok wow, I apologize for stepping away from the topic after posting, was catsitting for a friend last weekend and didn't think to check up on it, but I'm so happy to hear that people are digging the idea.

KMZ I've already talked with the people at the Compleat Strategist and they do have a monthly board game night but I feel that it would be very fun for us to have our own metafilter game night, instead of having to explain what metafilter is we can just immediately get to gaming.

miskatonic thanks for the invite, I'm going to nerdnite speed dating at galapagos so I'm missing it sadly, could you give your opinion on Think Coffee as a venue tho?

edbles thanks for taking the time to organize yays and nays, i feel stupid for just leaving the thread

I'm looking around at venues used by other gaming groups, I'll respond again soon, can't wait for us to make this happen! :-)
posted by Del Far at 2:08 PM on June 11, 2010


I will second yeti.
posted by Splunge at 4:10 PM on June 12, 2010


I will be third yeti.
posted by grobstein at 8:15 AM on June 15, 2010


So, still looking at Sat/26, Sun/27?
posted by Karmakaze at 8:24 AM on June 15, 2010


I'm in, or at least interested. But I'm back at my digs in Boston on the weekends. And I'm totally planning to join NerdNYC like my sister kkokko did.
posted by Eideteker at 12:16 PM on June 15, 2010


the next two weekends, rather
posted by Eideteker at 12:16 PM on June 15, 2010


OK this sound pretty fun. I will do it if I am in town.
posted by internet fraud detective squad, station number 9 at 12:32 PM on June 15, 2010


Let's call it for the 26 or 27, which is soon enough that real planning must begin. I would do better on the 26th (daytime?), I think.

Anyone who misses the inaugural outing will of course be able to come to the glorious future outings.
posted by grobstein at 1:44 PM on June 15, 2010


I can do afternoon of the 26th as well, can't do the 27th afternoon.
posted by edbles at 1:53 PM on June 15, 2010


Yeah, 26th is better for me now too. Maybe 1:00 or 2:00 on June 26th?

Location?
posted by yeti at 2:23 PM on June 15, 2010


Ok Jaltcoh helpfully suggest 88 Orchard. LES near Sara Roosevelt that might be a little out of Del Far's range? Would revival's back porch be any good? I haven't been there, but I know it's been used for meetups.
posted by edbles at 3:52 PM on June 15, 2010


I can do the 26th or 27th, have a wedding. but have fun, y'alls.
posted by shmegegge at 5:11 PM on June 15, 2010


CAN'T do...
posted by shmegegge at 5:12 PM on June 15, 2010


I'll be at NerdNYC Recess this coming Saturday, but I'm also up for another game day on the 26th. Can't do the 27th.
posted by miskatonic at 8:11 AM on June 17, 2010


I can do the lower east side, if there is a parking I'm fine with it, I realized I better drive in anyway so I can bring all the boardgames in.
posted by Del Far at 7:35 AM on June 18, 2010


Good news everyone! I just called up 88 Orchard, talked to the manager Sheena and asked if she would be okay with us playing games there all day, as long as we order food of course. But she is perfectly fine with us using the space.

So I'm not making it official, we will have our board game day long geekabration on Saturday the 26th from 1pm to 11pm, I'll plan on being there the whole time, people can come and go the whole time and its going to be great!
posted by Del Far at 7:51 AM on June 18, 2010


It has been done, feel free to invite any friends to come as well, its a metafilter oriented meet up but it would certainly be fun to have friends and other people as well. I'll be inviting some friends and other people to come as well, so if the mefites who are on Nerd NYC want to invite some people from that group as well go ahead. Since it's going on all day long its going to have moments where not everyone will be around so itll be good to bring some people along.
posted by Del Far at 8:26 AM on June 18, 2010


from 1pm to 11pm, I'll plan on being there the whole time

Wow, that's dedication.

Count me in.
posted by Jaltcoh at 10:23 AM on June 18, 2010


Great. See y'all at 1:00 on the 26th. What games are people bringing?
posted by yeti at 11:32 AM on June 18, 2010


Orchard 88 already has Scrabble and some others.
posted by Jaltcoh at 11:37 AM on June 18, 2010


I'll put up my list tonight If I remember when I get home.
posted by Del Far at 11:58 AM on June 18, 2010


Here are the games I have available. I could bring one or two, but I'm going to a show at Bowery Ballroom and might not want to lug too much stuff around, unless I make a round trip back too Brooklyn.

Ticket to Ride w/ USA 1910 expansion
-also a Ticket to Ride NYC map I made that needs some play-testing
Ticket to Ride Europe
Railways of the World: Eastern US, Mexico and Europe maps.
Silverton
Dominion
Agricola
Smallworld
Inca Gold
Lost Cities
posted by yeti at 2:39 PM on June 18, 2010


I haven't played Small World and would really like to try it.

At home, I've got:

Dominion (w/ all expansions)
Robo Rally
Carcassonne
Settlers (possibly only the "travel edition")

and maybe some other stuff I can't think of.
posted by grobstein at 2:53 PM on June 18, 2010


At this point I would second ocherdraco:

I don't get to play board games often enough anymore. But I don't know any of these newfangled games, so hopefully this will include stuff like Monopoly, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, etc.

(but not Monopoly)
posted by Jaltcoh at 5:06 PM on June 18, 2010


Here is what I have, I'll be driving and planon putting everything in a large suitcase

Red November
Isle of Dr Necreaux
Citadels
Once Upon A Time
Ren Faire
Cutthroat caverns
Munchkin
Humans!
Infinite City
Crunch
Pandemic
Cash n Guns
Funny friends
Revolution!
Small world
Zombie Flux
Mad Scientist University
Zombie/Cthulhu Dice
posted by Del Far at 10:09 PM on June 18, 2010


Also forgot I have Gloom and Chrononauts
posted by Del Far at 10:13 PM on June 18, 2010


I also have access to travel Catan and Carcassone. If no one says Arkham Horror before the day I might wander over to the Complete Strategist. Also I've heard good things about Pandemic and would like to try it.
posted by edbles at 4:16 AM on June 19, 2010


They have a few very interesting things on their menu. I guess I can force myself to eat once or twice. Not to mention beer consumption. Count me in.

Never played Arkham Horror but I'd like to, assuming that it is brought along.
posted by Splunge at 8:51 AM on June 19, 2010


I also have arkham horror I just hesitate bringing it because it takes up a whole Lot of room and requires like 4 hours to set up and play, we would need 3 tables connected. I will bring it tho.
posted by Del Far at 10:22 AM on June 19, 2010


If we need a second copy of Cutthroat Caverns I'll bring mine as well.
posted by Splunge at 4:41 PM on June 19, 2010


I also have a bunch of Steve Jackson games. Ogre/GEV. Illuminati for example.
As well I have Melee and Wizard. Including the Advance Wizard addon. And the Superhero rules in an issue of Space Game for Wizard.

I am So old.
posted by Splunge at 4:46 PM on June 19, 2010


Gamer.
posted by Splunge at 4:48 PM on June 19, 2010


And something I guess we will never have time for.

Traveller. All the books. Including Azhanti High Lightning.

And the Billion Credit Fleet book.
posted by Splunge at 4:50 PM on June 19, 2010


Yea, sorry if my previous comment sounded like a "maybe", but my comment was meant more as a "yes, count me in once the plans for this thing actually solidifies."

Actually, I'm still confused. So far it looks like a place hasn't been determined? Or has it? I see a date and time, but yea, there isn't an official post/reply that the meetup link is linking too. Also I'm highly unsure about which game is being played or how much we're supposed to know before coming (links to edition rules? list of games to bring? what what now?) For those of us noobs to board gaming beyond Parker Brothers family night stuff, this edition and whatnot talk is probably going a little over our heads.
posted by kkokkodalk at 2:46 PM on June 20, 2010


I'm sorry that it wasn't clear enough, we will be at the Cafe 88 orchard on Saturday 26 from 1pm to 11pm, the link has been put up on the metatalk page and there will be a facebook event made when I get home and off the iPhone.

And don't worry about not knowing anything about boardgames, just think of this as a wine tasting, without the wine and pretension. Honestly I don't remember exactly how most of my games are played, I have 3 that I bought recently that I have no idea how to play I hope someone else will know how it's played.
posted by Del Far at 4:11 PM on June 20, 2010


Now that the location is set, here's the link again for 88 Orchard. That's the Yelp page; the place doesn't seem to have a working website. It's at the corner of Orchard and Broome in the Lower East Side. Or, if you just remember the name of the cafe, you'll automatically know the address.
posted by Jaltcoh at 4:23 PM on June 20, 2010


Is it possible to change the link in the MeTa sidebar to link to one of the comments that specifies the date and time, instead of the top of the post?
posted by Jaltcoh at 4:27 PM on June 20, 2010


I have no idea how to play most of these games, but it sounds like fun. I'll be there, as will my fiancee, who is also on Metafilter.
posted by cheerwine at 9:04 PM on June 20, 2010


oh i didn't realize that was the link I was supposed to set, apologies Jaltcoh and everyone else.
posted by Del Far at 9:56 PM on June 20, 2010


I'm going to contact Jessamyn and see if she'd be willing to change the link.
posted by Del Far at 9:57 PM on June 20, 2010


YAY. I'm going to show up at 1 pm with a copy of travel Catan. Although I will probably be staring pointedly at Del Far's copy of Arkham Horror should the place be empty enough for three table domination.
posted by edbles at 7:10 AM on June 21, 2010


A note about the location: the street level is where you enter and order, but there's also a second level downstairs. I assume we'll mainly be at the basement level.
posted by Jaltcoh at 7:15 AM on June 21, 2010


Fantastic, the link has been fixed, I didn't reserve the basement because it would be too much, we may just sit by the entrance at first until more people show up and then spread out, I can't wait I bought Kill doctor Lucky and Forbidden Island last night.
posted by Del Far at 10:45 AM on June 21, 2010


Also here is the facebook link as well, for those who are on facebook and want to invite friends this way instead of showing them the grey. Facebook Event
posted by Del Far at 11:17 AM on June 21, 2010


For those who like free coffee, I recommend checking 88 Orchard's Twitter feed on the day of the meetup. Many of their posts will tell you some magic words to say when ordering coffee to make it free.
posted by Jaltcoh at 3:47 PM on June 21, 2010


I am hoping to be there.
posted by sciencegeek at 9:15 PM on June 21, 2010


I'm going to try to make it. It sounds like people have most of the standards covered, so I will probably bring Tsuro and Acquire and maybe some quick dice/card games.
posted by miskatonic at 8:43 AM on June 22, 2010


Very cool, looking forward to it it, i havent played Tsuro or Acquire.

also can people put down what times they estimate they'll be showing up and staying for, I realized that maybe people should know when other people are showing up.
posted by Del Far at 9:27 AM on June 22, 2010


I'm planning on getting there around 4:30, based on the Greyhound bus schedule (I'm coming in from Albany the same day), and staying till whenever.
posted by Jaltcoh at 9:29 AM on June 22, 2010


This is definitely a Manhattan weekend for me. I'll be coming in for this, and then going to the Fancy Food Show on Sunday. (Don't hate me 'cause I'm from Jersey - it is its own punishment.)
posted by Karmakaze at 7:19 PM on June 22, 2010


Originally I was going to come at 1:00, but with the USA game on now at 2:30, I guess I'll be along after, 5-11 or something.
posted by yeti at 9:44 AM on June 23, 2010


I'm aiming for 1pm and will probably leave at 6 or 7.
posted by grobstein at 10:22 AM on June 23, 2010


I posted this to the brand-new IRL.
posted by Jaltcoh at 6:46 AM on June 25, 2010


Crap, I feel about grousing because now I'm going to have to maybe cancel, so I'm back in the maybe pile. Emergency apartment search possibilities means I need to leave my weekend open =(. Guys, can board games help me not be homeless at the end of the month?
posted by kkokkodalk at 8:21 PM on June 25, 2010


Guys, can board games help me not be homeless at the end of the month?

Uh, yeah actually... They can. Check your memail.
posted by edbles at 9:10 AM on June 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Crap, I feel about grousing

Hey, I always feel like grousing.
posted by grouse at 9:12 AM on June 26, 2010


Between the World Cup, putting together furniture, a possible visit to a friend's art exhibit, and all around just being kinda tired today, I will probably not make it out. Maybe this evening, but I doubt it right now.
posted by cmgonzalez at 11:12 AM on June 26, 2010


There are four of us here playing Zombie Fluxx and now a fifth has arrived!
posted by Karmakaze at 11:30 AM on June 26, 2010


And now seven people trying to Kill Dr. Lucky!
posted by Karmakaze at 1:27 PM on June 26, 2010


Hah! I just won at Cash & Guns!
posted by Karmakaze at 3:06 PM on June 26, 2010


I killed Dr. Lucky. Now how do I dispose of his body?
posted by sciencegeek at 4:28 PM on June 26, 2010


Are you still there?
posted by Obscure Reference at 5:26 PM on June 26, 2010


Just checking in to let anyone know that we had to end it early at 8:42 instead, sorry but they would let us play on the first floor on weekends.
posted by Del Far at 5:43 PM on June 26, 2010


I guess if they won't allow laptops upstairs on weekend, board games are probably out, too. If they're so short on space, though, I wonder why they close the downstairs so early.

I'm at Penn Station now; I just missed the 9:14, so I have to wait for the 10:07...
posted by Karmakaze at 6:33 PM on June 26, 2010


Just got home. Had a great time. Company was truly awesome. Space was smaller than I'd thought it would be.

The grilled cheese sandwich was heavenly. Artisinal cheese from somewhere. I forget. The awesomeness of the company drowned out the explanation.

I have to say there were two stand out games for me. The aforementioned Cash and Guns and the science one that was like Apples or something.

Both took minimal equipment and lots of ACTING!

Of course I acted the fool as usual. But I didn't win.

We must do this again.

Many thanks go to Del Far for organizing this and being a cool godfather.
posted by Splunge at 7:02 PM on June 26, 2010


Not home yet, car managed to get a flat tire after I left, waiting around for tow truck now, will post my comments about meetup later.
posted by Del Far at 8:45 PM on June 26, 2010


Sorry about the flat tire. That sounds miserable. I hope you made it home soon after you posted the above.

I had a great time playing games with you guys - and I hope we can do this again.
posted by sciencegeek at 4:34 AM on June 27, 2010


Nice to meet y'all!
posted by yeti at 4:04 PM on June 27, 2010


Okay finally got home at about 7am this morning, worst night ever of my life, I'm trying to think about how great the meetup was and the previous few days were to balance out the living hell of last night.

The meetup consisted of a game of Zombie Fluxx, Kill Doctor Lucky, Ca$h & Gun$, Mad Scientist University, and then we split into two groups and played Dominion and Forbidden Island.

I had a lot of fun and can't wait for us to have another meetup, just need to get a whole different place to play at, somewhere with better accessibility and tables. I'm glad I got to play Kill Doctor Lucky and Forbidden Island. Both were fantastic and so much fun, also very easy to understand, glad I went out to buy them before the meetup, they are now 2 of my most favorite games.
posted by Del Far at 6:30 PM on June 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


Hello to Del Far. Sorry to hear about your trials and travails getting home.

Having said that, what are your plans on posting pictures?

Also, I am spending some time checking out venues that have large areas with tables. I know some bars in Manhattan that might suffice, but I won't post a name until I have more data.

Thanks again for bringing us together. And I apologize if I was loud. I get that way sometimes when I'm having fun.
posted by Splunge at 8:12 PM on June 28, 2010


The thing about Manhattan is that it's generally short of space. Whenever you see a spacious apartment or cafe on tv that's in "New York", you can be pretty sure it's a set, because they couldn't fit the cameras in a real city location. I actually thought the basement was pretty good, for a cafe in that area.

I seem to recall there were a few folks from upstate. If you wanted to move to the suburbs north of the city proper, then any Panera or similar chain will do.
posted by Karmakaze at 7:35 AM on June 30, 2010


This was a lot of fun. Thanks to everyone for coming out.

Next time I would like more time and more space. I don't want to venture out of the city (unless it can be made super-convenient, without driving). But maybe we can rent out some kind of private room.

I'll also do a feasibility study of my apartment (I have air-conditioning now!). It's not huge, but it also doesn't have cafe customers and waitstaff bustling around. If I get a folding table and a couple more chairs, I should be able to accommodate 12-ish people for 2-3 simultaneous boardgames.
posted by grobstein at 9:08 AM on July 1, 2010


I seem to recall there were a few folks from upstate. If you wanted to move to the suburbs north of the city proper

True I'm upstate, but there's no need to go outside the city on my account. Going further north would actually make my trip longer, since anytime I'm going anywhere near the city, I always start by taking public transportation to Manhattan and then going to my destination from there.

I'll also do a feasibility study of my apartment (I have air-conditioning now!). It's not huge, but it also doesn't have cafe customers and waitstaff bustling around. If I get a folding table and a couple more chairs, I should be able to accommodate 12-ish people for 2-3 simultaneous boardgames.

That sounds great.

Del Far, I'm really sorry to hear about your horrendous night after the meetup. Do you think you'll have a chance to upload the photos though?
posted by Jaltcoh at 11:16 AM on July 1, 2010


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posted by Jaltcoh at 7:25 AM on July 9, 2010


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