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Thursday Night Gaming at Cephas House!

Posted by Chris Aylott

Cephas House

The San Marcos Board Gamers have a new venue! On Thursday, January 12, we start weekly meetups at Cephas House, a community center run by the City of San Marcos. Our official time is from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm, and we have a little wiggle room for long games.


Learn Catan at Our Library Meetup!

Posted by Chris Aylott

Our next library meetup is this Sunday, September 19, and we're trying out something new. In addition to our usual open gaming, we're teaching a featured game: Catan!


How to Suggest a Meetup

Posted by Chris Aylott

Some of our members have been asking how to start up some new events such as roleplaying games. This is great! Our organizers are busy with work, kids, and other lamentable aspects of real life, so none of us gets to put together as many events as we would like. Here's how to suggest a meetup for the group.


A new place to game in Seguin!

Posted by Sarah Childs

childs play final

I know a few of the San Marcos Gamers group have told me they are from Seguin and they felt there was no place out there to get together and play games.  Well, that all looks like it's going to change with the opening of the new comic shop, Black Forest Comics


Game for the Cause 2014 is coming!

Posted by Chris Aylott

Gaming is its own reward, but doing good while having fun is even better. That's the idea behind Game for the Cause, a charity convention that is coming back to Austin on October 17th and 18th. As the convention slogan says, "Improve someone's life, and game at the same time. Best deal ever."


We’re Getting Busy at the Hungry Gamer!

Posted by Chris Aylott

We're getting busy this month! We've got our usual meeting at the San Marcos Public Library, and one of our members has just scheduled a new meetup at the Hungry Gamer on April 15. Travis suggests celebrating sending information to the tax man with sandwiches and board games, and that sounds like a great idea to me.

But how did they know that gamers get hungry?

But how did they know that
gamers get hungry?

The Hungry Gamer is a cool new sandwich shop that opened up in downtown San Marcos a few months ago. It's got lunch and video games, which are two of the most important things in life right there, but it's also got a forward-thinking owner named Pete who wants to be a meeting place for all kinds of gamers.

I have not had a chance to visit the shop myself, due to the usual unholy combination of kids, working in Austin, and general lack of time. But I like Pete's vision and how much he's already done to accomplish it. He's run a successful Kickstarter, he's pulled off what looks like a great buildout in a tricky space, and his sandwiches look great. So join us on Tax Day and check the Hungry Gamer out for yourself!

Seriously, that's one tasty-looking sandwich.

Seriously, that's one tasty-looking sandwich.


February Meetup Next Week!

Posted by Chris Aylott

Our February Meetup at the San Marcos Public Library is just one week away! We seem to be shaking off the winter doldrums, and turnout is looking good on our Meetup Group. But whatever shall we play?

Come play Robo Rally at our February Meetup!

Master the Robo Rally maze at our February Meetup!

I'm not sure why, but for some reason I've been having the urge to drag out Robo Rally. This was Richard Garfield's first big game, the one that upstart RPG publisher Wizards of the Coast liked but didn't have the money to publish. (They asked him to come up with something a little more affordable to produce. He did.)

I've always loved Robo Rally, because it is simultaneously a race game and a puzzle. You have a robot with a laser, which is a good start for any game. You have to get the robot from here to there, but you have a limited selection of movement cards... and you have to program them in advance.

Even after twenty (!) years, I still enjoy watching people do the Robo Rally Shuffle -- they look at the cards in their hands, then sway back and forth and and almost unconsciously take steps around the table as they try to figure out how the cards will move their little robots around the board. It's a brainburner and a hoot, especially when the moves go wrong and your little robots plummet into pits of no return.

What else will we play? I have my eye on Ticket to Ride Europe, which has Sochi on the map for a fun Olympics tie-in. The original Ticket to Ride is also ten years old this year, which is a good reason to play a lot of it and its siblings. But the best games are the unexpected ones that show up in the hands of our fellow players -- so what do you want to play?


January Meetup in Just Two Weeks!

Posted by Chris Aylott

Have you gotten your 2014 gaming started yet? If not, our January Meetup is just two Sundays away! Join us January 26 at 1 p.m. at our usual room in the San Marcos Public Library!

Bring on the rescue dog!

Cry havoc at our January Meetup,
and let slip the dogs of rescue!

As always, what we play is highly dependent on who shows up and who is in the mood for what. We try to have a good range of games, from party games to strategy games, so there's something for every taste. However, lately I've had a hankering out get out a favorite from last year: Flash Point: Fire Rescue.

Flash Point is a cooperative game in which you play firefighters trying to rescue ordinary citizens from a burning building. It's simple to play, but it does a brilliant job of making you feel like a firefighter. It's also had several successful expansions, and we got the Extreme Danger expansion just a little bit before Christmas. I know my daughter is itching to finally play the rescue dog!

Hopefully the new year is off to a great start for everyone, and the only fires you're fighting are in games. We'll see you at the January meetup!



December Meetup in Three Weeks!

Posted by Chris Aylott

It's getting to look a lot like ... board gaming time! Our December meetup is just three weeks away, having been cunningly scheduled for Sunday, December 29 at 1 p.m. at the San Marcos Public Library.

Even the monsters of King of Tokyo are into the holiday spirit.

Even the monsters of King of Tokyo are into the holiday spirit.

What's so cunning about this plan? Glad you asked! Since the meetup is scheduled just after Christmas, now you have every excuse to approach the loved ones in your life, and say, "The December meetup is coming up, and wouldn't it be great to have a new board game to play there?" Then obviously you would get lots of board games for Christmas, making this a very cunning plan indeed, right?

Actually, that's pretty silly. What's not so silly is that the end of the year is a great time to get together with family and friends. It doesn't matter whether you've got new games, old games, or no games at all -- grab that loved one, come on out, and have a good time. In the meantime, Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas to All, and to All a Good Night!


November Meetup and BGGcon!

Posted by Chris Aylott

Our November Meetup is now on the schedule! Join us at the San Marcos Public Library on Sunday, November 24 at 1:00 p.m. for the usual games and tomfoolery. This is the weekend before Thanksgiving, reducing the odds that we'll be in turkey comas and unable to play.

BGGcon: a little larger than our November meetup.

BGGcon: a little larger than our November meetup.

That Sunday is also the same weekend as Board Game Geek Con, an annual gathering of board gamers in Dallas. I've been to a lot of conventions over the years, and this is one of the best. Despite its size, it's aggressively laid-back, with most of the space devoted to open gaming. There's also a huge library to borrow games from, making it easy to make new friends and try out new games at the same time.

I have an ... interesting ... history with BGGcon. I've registered for the convention five times, but only been able to attend three times. The other two cons I spent at home, laid low by sickness or other circumstances.

I'm registered this year, but the pattern says that I'm due for a karmic smackdown that will prevent me from going. Assuming I can avoid that, though, I'm looking forward to hitting the convention and come back in time to play at the library. I believe that makes our November meetup the cool San Marcos after-party for the big Dallas convention...