Sunday, April 25, 2010

Welsh Weyr Gaming Club

At the time this is being published, I wont be here. Instead, I will be at the gaming club that my Dad runs, which I've mentioned several times in the past, in a building that's about a ten minute drive from my parents' place, and about a 35 minute drive from our flat.

My Dad has been running this club for about ten or so years now. It doesn't have a lot of members compared to many clubs. I mean, there are more than a dozen of us (Dad, Julian, Gareth, Ian, Ryan, Chris, Lee, Christian, Phil R, Phil G, Budgie, Jason, Daniel, Tim, Tom, Dave P, Drew, Dave, Carl, Kelly and I) but only four of us are there just about every week (Dad, Julian, Kelly and I) and only one other person shows up on a semi regular basis (Gareth). Carl has a great excuse, because he lives up in the North of England, where as we're in South Wales. Plus, Carl makes a huge effort when he is coming to visit, and is involved in everything he can possibly fit in to do with the club while he's visiting. The others? Well, they show up when they feel like it. The trouble is, family commitments started happening, and with how the economy is these days people are working more to make ends meet, then still not having much spare money for things like gaming clubs.

And what do we do at the gaming club?

We play figure games, like:

Classic BattleTech
Flames Of War
Warhammer 40K
Warhammer Fantasy

And others that I don't know the names of.

Welsh Weyr Gaming Club is also our roleplaying group. We try out most types of roleplaying, but currently being played, or planning to be played, are the following systems:

Call Of Cthulhu
Dungeons And Dragons
Mage The Awakening
Star Wars
World Of Darkness

We also recently abandoned Warhammer Fantasy Roleplaying, due to lack of enjoyment and enthusiasm.

Club members also play trading card games, board games, etc, and from time to time movies and books are discussed and reviewed during sessions.

It's a nice little club. It's just a shame that so many of the members show up so rarely.

By the way, there is a forum here, though you wouldn't be able to read much of it without joining the forum. Note: membership to the forum doesn't automatically give you membership to the club, because forum members can come from all over the world, but would find it difficult to make it for even the odd session. Anyone is welcome to join the forum though.

Until very recently, there were a couple of days each week set aside for the club. First it was roleplaying on Mondays, and figure gaming on Saturdays. Then it was roleplaying on Fridays, and figure gaming Saturdays. Then it became roleplaying on Fridays, and figure gaming on Sundays. And, more recently, it was roleplaying on Saturdays, and figure gaming on Sundays. But we had a sort of meeting last Sunday - those of us who were there - and decided that we didn't need the extra days, so figure gaming and roleplaying will now be happening on Sundays. Officially it's figure gaming in the afternoon, roleplaying in the evening. But if someone can only make it in the evening and only wants figure gaming, or someone can only make it in the afternoon, and only wants roleplaying, then that can - in theory - be changed to suit whoever happens to be there. The idea being that it frees up Saturdays for either other activities, or extra time for prep work for games of whatever. Plus, it means we will definately have something happening at club, and wont be paying to have the whole day at the place it's run at for everyone to be done with their figure gaming after a couple of hours, then just go home.

Anyway, I just thought I'd talk a bit about the club, especially with the new changes happening.

Hope you're enjoying your weekend.



AliceKay said...

Sounds like there's a lot happening for you on your Sundays. Gaming clubs aren't for me, but I'm glad you and your family enjoy them. :)

Intense Guy said...

Wow! Thats a lot of games! I'd never be able to keep the rules straight in my head -I can barely even play cards.


Hopefully you will always have someone wander in for a game or two!

Toriz said...

That's why everyone has access to rulebooks. In my case, I have pdfs of them. Much easier than memorising it all. ;)