Though I’m a biology teacher, I often talk about games with my students. Board gaming is an important part of my life, and in talking about my life, board games come up. One of my classes became interested in my design project. They started asking questions about more and more games. One day, while talking about DNA Replication, they asked me to sponsor a game club.
They began with the idea of a game/science club. That’s where the name “Gametes” found its genesis. Though we have dropped the science part of the club, the name has stuck. They even ask, “When is the next Game…meet?” Funny, right?
One of the most exhilarating things about this club has been watching them play. When the learned King of Tokyo for the first time, you would have thought they were at a prize fight. When the winning roll happened, there was a collective squeal from the group. Some even fell out of their chairs. The table could not contain the fun, so it spilled onto the floor. It was one of my greatest gaming experiences.
We’ve met several times and it has been great to experience the games with them. I wish I had started the hobby at their age, but I’m glad I started when I did.
My club does have some needs. I’d like for them to have their own collection. I’d also like to have some prototyping materials available to them. As all gamers, their minds will expand to making their own games. I want to be ready. I’m hoping to find a view generous donors via the crowdfunding scene to get us off the ground.
What other needs does a fledgling board game club have?