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How to Find a Boardgaming Group

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Boardgaming is a social activity. It happens at a table and requires other people to play along with you. So, if you are a fan of board games, but your friends and family are not, how can you find other people who are? The answer to this question is the topic of this week’s post.

Early in my boardgaming days, when my only exposure to eurogaming consisted of the base sets of Dominion, Carcassonne and Settlers of Catan, I didn’t have the luxury of the large gaming group that I currently belong to. I knew there had to be other gamers in my community, so I set out to find them. You can find out more about that story in my about page.

If you don’t have a local gaming convention or friendly local game store to call, how can you find gamers in your area? I have four internet resources to recommend, and I will use them to find gaming groups in Cleveland, OH. No, that’s not where I live. I just picked a city that I knew little about to see what I could come up with. And hey, Cleveland rocks, right?

  • Meetup – This is a social media site dedicated to getting people together who share a common interest. On meetup, there are 3 active board game meetup groups and one focused on Scrabble.
  • Facebook – The king daddy of social media. I found one boardgaming group there; however, it was a part of one of the Meetup groups I already had found. Not to knock facebook, it’s just possible that cleveland gamers prefer other venues. I’m not an aficionado of facebook, but searching for existing groups didn’t seem entirely user friendly.
  • Yahoo! Groups – Before facebook and meetup, there were yahoo groups. This is basically a forum setup that groups would use to communicate with each other. Before my local group moved to Meetup, they were strictly a Yahoo! Group for 10 years.
  • Google (or your favorite internet search engine) – Plug in your city and the words board game group, and see what comes up.
  • I hope these tips help. Who knows, you might be as lucky as I have been in finding my group. I’ve made some great new friends and had some excellent experiences gaming with them.

    How have you guys found your gaming groups?

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