I am thinking of forming a wargaming club in the metro Atlanta town in which I live. For those that have formed clubs or are/have been a member of a gaming club - what worked and what didn't?

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Comment by Steve Dixon on March 12, 2008 at 8:17pm
Ok all...for any metro Atlanta gamers out there I have a room reserved for Saturday, April 26 at the Gathering Place, 203 McIntosh Trail, Peachtree City, Ga. from 10 am to 3 pm. There is no fee. Coffee will be available - if you want lunch you need to brown bag it. There is a fridge at the facility, and a vending machine.

The Rec department is putting an ad in their quarterly catalogue of activities. It comes out next week so we may see some players come in that way.

It's a comfortable room, large tables and chairs.

Since this will be a first meet - things will be rather informal so I would suggest bringing games that can be played in one session and can be learned quickly - we may get some new players so we may need to break them in easy!
Comment by John Kranz on March 7, 2008 at 11:36pm
Steve -- I hope you will keep us informed on how things go. Best of luck!
Comment by Steve Dixon on March 7, 2008 at 8:43pm
Thanks for the comments - our community has a meeting place called the Gathering Place with all the room I need. I just have to choose a date and reserve it. Once it's firmed up...I will post an announcement. We'll see what happens!
Comment by Andreas Ludwig on March 7, 2008 at 12:24pm
And make sure no one is German... ;-)

We had a more than suboptimal success with our Wargame club, since everybody wanted to get entertained without supporting the club. That's the reason our club website was changed into a wargame info site later. Germans are less enthusiastic about this hobby it seems and the most often heard comment was 'Dude, I have NO time...'

Someone once told me that dedication doesn't mean to have time, but to make time - and I think he's right.
Comment by Eric Walters on March 7, 2008 at 10:52am
Be as inclusive as you can be. Not only does everybody get to play, get them to bring friends. Allow any and every kind of game people want to play...you'd be surpised at how many people will "bleed over" from one kind of game to another (RPGs to Euros to conventional wargames and back again).
Comment by Paul Q on March 7, 2008 at 10:49am
Make sure everyone who comes gets to play.
Comment by Lawrence Hung on March 7, 2008 at 10:24am
What worked: ample space and tables, many members (so that there are certain in each and every session as not all might turn up at the same one), drinks (food not a definite), low fees to join but charging door fee for those who come, regular meeting schedule

What didn't: monster game, high door fee, sticking to only one type of game, low turn-out each session etc.

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