Time For RPG Clubs?

This morning I was struck again by the sense that it might just be time, as we move towards the long decline of the pandemic towards… something not quite so pandemic-ish…? Well, might it not be time to consider getting organised and offering to run a roleplaying club?

Gaming online has been a great thing in so many ways but, frankly, I miss sitting around the table. If I’m wanting to get back to the table then I am willing to bet there are others who’d enjoy doing that again too.

Thinking about it, if you’re going to make the effort to find a decent venue to run a game for a table full of gamers then it’s not too much of a stretch to consider getting a venue capable of hosting a few tables worth of gamers. If we got the word out, maybe we could host a regular club and find some great new people with whom to game.

What would it take? Just a willingness to organise and a little gumption. I’ve done it before so I know what to do. Maybe we’ll need a small sub charge to cover costs but the perks that come with organising make that very worthwhile in the long run.

So… any other Brits who’d like to return to the table? Anyone near Nottingham? If so, let me know.

Game on!

4 comments

  1. Are you aware of the clubs and venues already in Nottingham, that currently offer gaming space for RPGs, tabletop war and boardgames?
    Not to deter you from setting up your own, but making you aware that it may be easier to develop existing communities rather than attempt to source a new one.

    I’m not sure how many of them survived the pandemic and will rise again from the ashes.
    A few that come to mind:
    Ludorati Café (72 Maid Marian Way, Nottingham NG1 6BJ)
    Dice Cup (68-70 Mansfield Rd, Nottingham NG1 3GY)
    Carpe Ludum – hosts multiple smaller ventures such as Nottingham Board and Wargames club / HobbySpotz (126 Lower Parliament Street NG1 1EH Nottingham)
    Underworld Games (The Cook Building, Crocus St, Nottingham NG2 3DE)
    Geek Retreat (7 Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham NG1 2HN) – this one has now closed and looking for a new venue.. was possibly a franchise?
    Shadeglass Games (18 Station Rd, Ilkeston DE7 5LD)
    Reaper Rooms (temp closed 43 Evelyn St, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 2EU)

    I’m not sure on subs/fees, facilities at each, only that they have/do host RPG gaming.
    I believe folk have played RPGs at Mantic before (193 Hempshill Ln, Bulwell, Nottingham NG6 8PF) but now probably have to stick to their games.
    There’s also the Hammer & Ales club that meets every Tuesday evening (Station Hotel, Station Terrace, Hucknall, Nottingham NG15 7TQ)

    Any one of these could be a good place to contact/drum up interest or simply be a place where you can host games for your own chosen few.

    I hope that helps, even if it is a big info dump.

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  2. The downfall of many of those listed above will likely be that they have small communities as they are all sharing one city and largely offering the same deal: a small unaffiliated store with a few tables to host games.
    Though some clubs (not venues) like Hammer & Ales, Nottingham Board & Wargames club, have stood the test of time by adapting to varying levels of attendance and going where a venue can offer what they needed.

    They was another club, War & Peace that met at Harvest Chapel International on Wednesdays (Queens Rd, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 2FE), not sure if that survived / moved elsewhere though.

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