Re: Alternative venue needed
Posted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 4:18 am
The main thing to watch out for with the library/hub is that they don't oblige us to incorporate and get insurance for the privilege of using public space.
Board Game Players in Melbourne Australia
For the most part I agree with Stompy's response. Due to the change of venue, we have talked a fair bit as a group about what we like / don't like.PMin wrote:Excellent, pretty much what I thought from my own brief experiences with you folks. (Not brief by my choosing, I might add - life circumstances and such. Some of which arise from my work pushing games in libraries so it's kinda paying off. )
Obviously this next question is massively subject to final details and such, and I'm certainly not asking for any definite or binding decision, but as a hypothetical: if you were offered both 700 Bourke and the library on functionally equivalent terms, do you reckon you would have a preference? And I guess a related question - assuming it doesn't come with too much other baggage, would the library location be considered an inherent plus (because of greater visibility in an already-recreational context)?
I'm asking because I want to know the kinds of ways in which I should push for the library to support this sort of thing. The whole games in libraries thing still makes some library/Council folks a bit nervous so expectation management is key. (Which means no pressure to answer any particular way other than accurately representing what you think/want )
The other question I'll need to know about is whether there are guidelines about what sorts of games the group welcomes. My experience was of fairly strategic boardgames, mostly Eurogames. How would you react if someone rocked up wanting to play Monopoly, Snakes & Ladders, or Twister? (Has that ever happened?) What about Magic: the Gathering? What if a group turned up and wanted to play their game alongside your existing group, with no anxiety about someone missing out on the game they wanted to play? Again, no wrong answers, it's just a case of making sure I can be clear with people about what to expect.
Lastly, we've talked about what the library might want - what would you ideally want from a gaming space? Here's my presumed list:
Again, this is all hypothetical and subject to change - from my side too, and I have no authority to speak for the library. So no promises... but maybe some interesting possibilities. Let me know your thoughts!
- Free or low cost
- Convenience of venue - parking? bike parking? PT?
- Level of visibility - high? Low? (Do you care either way about people seeing you gaming?)
- Level of seclusion - high? Low? (Do you mind random walkups?)
- Access to food/drink?
- Pre-existing games collection? (I'm advising them on collections issues as well, and I'll be suggesting they set aside a tabletop games budget. That will obviously need to cover a range of tastes, but would this count in the venue's favour?)
- Promotion of the event?
- Other recreational opportunities in the venue? Would you like that you could borrow stuff on your way to the gaming session?
Way back in 2009 that was!BamH1 wrote:Hey Everyone!
Have been out of the gaming scene for a number of years since moving to Melbourne to study, but interested in getting back into it.
Met Fraser/Karlsen very briefly at Essen a number of years ago and see that you have moved venues from NAB since then.
Before moving, I ran a game group in Horsham with 20+ players meeting monthly. After I left though, it died
Hey Jason, welcome to the West.Anyway, planning to come along this Thursday for some GAMING!
Living in Melton and interested to know if there are any game groups out west that anyone knows of too.