Across the Board looks at gaming in public spaces around the world. In countries all over the globe people gather to play games in pubs, community centers, cafes, churches, and all manner of other meeting places. This series will describe some of those places and the people who gather to play games there in an attempt to encourage others to emulate them.
Article by Tim Kelly
October 1, 2000
Howdy from Big D!
A little history: the Dallas Games Group have been around since the 80's. We've met in City of Dallas recreation buildings, a pizza place, and a local game store. When The Game Chest (Dallas' best game store) moved to smaller digs, we started looking for another place to accommodate our play sessions.
Enter a new trend in American book stores: large and larger still. There are two major chains, Barnes & Noble and Borders. Anywhere else but Texas these stores would seem cavernous. Here they finally give readers enough elbow room to herd a brood of children, locate obscure works of fiction and polish off a few pastries and a cup of coffee, all without leaving the store.
One of our members noticed that the local Borders has 'family game nights', and we gave it a try. Wow! Am I glad we did!
The Pros to playing in a public place:
The Cons? Not many, really.
Other than these minor points, I haven't found any cons!
Shameless plug time! Check out our website at www.dallasgames.com. Web Guru Kevin Ames does a wonderful job of keeping all of us connected with mailing lists, bulletin boards, and timely updates. We meet up to three times a week: Tuesdays at one Borders, Thursdays at another, and some Saturdays at various homes. We've got men, women, family types, singles, old geezers like me, and young'uns, too. During the week we play mostly German games, and save the longer stuff for weekends. We've played Die Macher, Talisman, and everything in between. This group has a wonderful "we'll try anything" attitude. There's a high level of competition, and fun. If y'all ever pass through Dallas, stop by, and be ready to play!
The Game Cabinet - firstname.lastname@example.org - Ken Tidwell