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03 Mar 2017 5:49 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian03 Mar 2017 5:49 p.m. PST

Do you have room for any more players in your gaming group?

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Mar 2017 5:52 p.m. PST

Sure. The "group" is really three groups that meet Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. I go on Mondays (minis night) where we routinely have 6-10. Thursdays are boardgames and Saturdays we get a lot of DBA type games and may have 3 games on offer…

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP03 Mar 2017 6:15 p.m. PST

That is a rather leading question, full of what…?

cavcrazy03 Mar 2017 6:18 p.m. PST

Always room for more.

Coyotepunc and Hatshepsuut03 Mar 2017 6:20 p.m. PST

My Vegas gaming group is just three of us (me, Bashytubits, and He Who Is Too Grumpy To Be Named, hereafter referred to as HWITTBN.) We could stand a few extra people, if they could handle our rather numerous eccentricities.

My Fresno gamimg group ranges from Bakersfield to Sacramento, and as far west as San Francisco. There are more people than I can keep track of, which I guess means it's full. Beyond full.

Khusrau03 Mar 2017 6:20 p.m. PST

Extra Crispy.. and you are single because?..

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP03 Mar 2017 6:27 p.m. PST

Don't you really mean HWITGTBN?

Jeigheff03 Mar 2017 6:30 p.m. PST

Bashytubits: well, you know . . .

To tell you the truth, with my small group of gaming buddies, it varies.

Years ago, we were playing "Axis & Allies" Anniversary Edition at Austin's only historical gaming store, which is now gone. We always have fun playing this. One of my friends, a fellow TMPer, has a nicely painted collection of WWII figures and vehicles which adds a lot of color to the game. Regretfully, the game can accommodate six players max. Still, from time to time, our public A&A games allowed people to join us on an impromptu basis.

On one occasion, however, we had a full house. I remember a younger guy who had a look at our game and was obviously intrigued. He unexpectedly said, "Please let me know when you play this again!" Our host was silent, and I tried to stammer out something polite. The truth was, for this particular game, our group was indeed almost always full. I felt bad because we couldn't offer a spot to a decent guy who wanted to join us.

roving bandit03 Mar 2017 7:08 p.m. PST

Well there is me… so I guess my group is pretty full for solo games. Wouldn't mind a group game now and again though.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP03 Mar 2017 7:34 p.m. PST

We are….comfortable.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Mar 2017 7:55 p.m. PST

@Khusrau: Happily married 18 years come September.

Toy Soldier Green03 Mar 2017 7:56 p.m. PST

My solo-wargaming buddy and I are quite content to just game with one another.

AussieAndy Supporting Member of TMP03 Mar 2017 8:07 p.m. PST

I am always on the lookout for potential new members. In my experience, over time, you are going to lose people, so you need to keep recruiting. It is the same in my line of work. Through no fault of our own(usually), we lose clients from time to time. You have to recruit new clients or eventually you are going to get hungry.

Irrespective of self-interest, if someone is interested and not obnoxious, I am going to invite them to a game. It is a great hobby and I like to see as many people as possible involved.

Personal logo DWilliams Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member03 Mar 2017 8:21 p.m. PST

We've always been very welcoming towards any newcomers. It's never been so crowded that there isn't enough room for one more.

Doug MSC Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Mar 2017 9:32 p.m. PST

Full, sometimes over full, but we manage to always fit one more in.

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member03 Mar 2017 10:45 p.m. PST

What AussieAndy sez goes for me, too. The group I most often game with has always been subject to fluctuations, usually caused by someone leaving town. And Austin has lost its central core gaming store (that promoted historical gaming), which has flung into the void all the old opportunities to recruit new gamers and gather at a neutral site regularly.

Anyway, given the disparity of interests, it's always helpful to have a wide pool of prospective opponents and allies to tackle various subjects, rules, or periods. Not everyone shares the same passions or can provide ALL the potential games or figures. You need more people active and the hobby certainly needs more recruiting.

Personal logo Weasel Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member04 Mar 2017 12:32 a.m. PST

Board, card and miniatures is mostly with family currently, since we live in kind of a weird spot where there's not a lot of people around.

My tabletop roleplaying is all online over voice chat since the people we play with live out of state, that's sort of full though.

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP04 Mar 2017 2:35 a.m. PST

Always looking for adding new people to our group. Even dedicated players come and go over the years for one reason or another. Can never have enough quality gamers around.

advocate Supporting Member of TMP04 Mar 2017 2:36 a.m. PST

If we get more people regularly we'll need a larger room, but that's feasible.

45thdiv04 Mar 2017 3:35 a.m. PST

We are 3 regulars and then a handful of folks who come and go. Life gets in the way so not everyone can make it. It's been about 10 years since my RPG group met and we had 12 people. That was too many I thought. I'd paint while we gamed because if we got into combat I had around 30 minutes before it came around to me to roll dice again.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Mar 2017 5:07 a.m. PST

I asked SWMBO (also known as She Who Keepeth the List (and … Social Calendar, …Budget, … FB Page, etc.)) and we apparently have 32 people on the list. If everyone showed up every game day, the table would be a bit crowded. We normally have between five and twelve and sometimes split into two groups.

That leaves five rooms (not counting washrooms) unused (plus three porches and two yard areas in good weather), so, yeah, plenty of room for more.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Mar 2017 10:01 a.m. PST

By the way…if you are looking to recruit or need a space, check with your local game store even if they DON'T sell historical minis.

I'm taking to a boardgame shop around the corner and they are very open. The idea is this: they advertise that there will be a miniatures game event on their social media, flyer in store etc. Game stores love excuses to get customers in the door. They get a little excitement (and maybe someone special orders a Flames of War box) and I get some new gamers hopefully.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP04 Mar 2017 3:48 p.m. PST

If someone will produce the TO&E for a gaming group, then we can determine whether we are under or over strength.

Early morning writer04 Mar 2017 8:29 p.m. PST

Vim, well supplied. Vinegar, a hogshead, at least. The alternative of urine – well, let's leave that out of the discussion.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP05 Mar 2017 12:28 a.m. PST

We are always looking for players. But having said that, we are having some trouble scheduling games. All the guys who play also want to GM their own games.

But there are just so many weekends and so many players. We can't have more than one or two games going on the same Saturday. So we have had to do some creative scheduling. It's an embarrassment of riches. Nice problem to have.

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