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The H Man Supporting Member of TMP06 Feb 2019 5:18 p.m. PST

Looking Up club lists online recently.

So many have no email, mail, or phone contact. They just have (un) social media or what not. So you have to sign up to some big Brother organisation just to contact them. And that's if you use a phone or computer.

Come on clubs, you can do better than that!

Get the club a free email. If you can do social media, you can do that.

A cheap or old phone, sim and 6 month or year prepaid is well under $100. USD No excuse there.

A post box can also be rented, or perhaps a member may allow their home address or business be used for club mail, or ask your local shop if it may be delivered there.

I think the idea is to attract new members, not block them at the first hurdle. I was looking to ask if I may send some flyers.

Think about it.

advocate07 Feb 2019 2:26 a.m. PST

$100 USD dollars is quite a lot for our club.
People have found us.

The H Man Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2019 5:19 a.m. PST

If you are a private club (and there is nothing wrong with that), please don't bother clogging up club lists. It just annoys people.

And it should read 100 AU.

To correct myself, once a sim is activated, it can at least RECEIVE texts and calls. The duration may differ between carriers (about 6 months),but a minor credit amount, should extend it each time. With a minimum 20AU, thats 40AU
a year. Some carriers may allow less. Sending a smaller amount from an other phone may work also. Even one way contact is better than none. So there is no excuse, send someone to the local phone store and ask the questions.

Gosh.

Walking Sailor07 Feb 2019 8:06 a.m. PST

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sorry, can't help you.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2019 8:38 a.m. PST

Agree with Walking Sailor. If you don't at least indicate in which country you reside when you join TMP, then there are always problems trying to provide targeted assistance.

Jim

The H Man Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2019 3:02 p.m. PST

I would assume the issue is World wide.

I'm in OZ.

I think the best, cheapest, and easiest solution is for clubs to buddy up with a local store, or members business, or even the church or school that let them use the space. The club could runs some promotion, a banner in the club room, the business as a sponsor on their printed stuff. The business may not even require it. In return the club could site the business as a point of contact. Easy.

Thinking caps on.

114th Pennsylvania09 Feb 2019 7:46 a.m. PST

Hello H-man,

Not sure what you are trying to accomplish here. I live near the Philadelphia area and if you draw a circle around Philadelphia that represents a 2 hour drive then you will find HUNDREDS of gamer's belonging to many different clubs. Some game out of local gaming stores, some game out of members houses, some rent space for Day of Games and last some just meet at the bigger conventions.

I know because my email distro list went from 25 gamers that I knew locally to well over 200 gamers that I had gamed with over the years and I know a lot more than that due to Conventions like HMGS and NJCON.

So what is it exactly you are looking for here? A directory of all the Historical/SciFi/Fantasy or Board/RPG/Miniature or just Gamer Clubs around the world?

von Schwartz09 Feb 2019 8:35 p.m. PST

Gotta side a little with The H Man since I have voiced the same concerns a couple months ago. I was trying to get in touch with a local club here in central Florida and although they showed a web site address it hadn't been updated for a couple years. They are only accessible on Facebook which I will not patronize for a variety of reasons many of which are only now becoming apparent. A simple web site would be really nice for those of us who wish to retain some sense of personal security. I have even tried getting in touch through the local shops here in town. To be fair, after voicing my concerns here on TMP I did get some response from a club based out of Orlando. I appreciated getting some input from them and am now on their e-mail list. Orlando though is still over 60 miles away and I am looking for some local gamers, if any. But regardless many gamers do not know about TMP and, like me who just discovered TMP a couple months ago, are stumbling around trying to make contacts.

poiter5009 Feb 2019 9:21 p.m. PST

Many years ago, all we had was either the local Library or a listing in a gaming related magazine which often went out of date due to changes in management or the magazine didn't update it. Then we moved to websites and forums, many of which have now fallen by the wayside as technology and social media evolves. If you choose not to use Facebook, then you risk losing those contact points, so that is the risk you must accept. As a former President of 2 local clubs I know that the info rapidly goes out of date and new committees are sometimes unaware of where their info is posted. Most clubs are not going to buy a phone purely for the purpose of providing a contact point.

The H Man Supporting Member of TMP09 Feb 2019 10:22 p.m. PST

Good to hear some more comments.

I'm just encouraging clubs to make themselves more contactable, especially if they are going to advertise their club on lists or whatnot.

An email address pretty much covers all the computer savvy and a free one is too easy to set up. If the club does have a web site, email addresses can be attached to that domain name also, ask your provider.

Thanks for the support vonswartz. It's good to hear others stories on the issue. But we can't be the only ones.

I know the web site issue first hand. A nonwargame club I an in stopped updating their site and turned to face book, which I don't use. I couldn't get up to date info, then to make matters worse the site got hacked or bought by some asian outfit (going by all the character writing all over the site).

A phone is only one option. I feel buddying with a hobby Shop may be the best idea if things are that tight, financially at the club. Then again, bring in more members = make more out of membership fees.

I feel I should not have to be doing others Jobs for them. So, if you see this topic and you feel your club is lacking contact details, bring it up at the next club meeting, perhaps with those people in charge present. Perhaps you could offer to take the task on your self and sort things out.

French Wargame Holidays25 Apr 2019 11:08 a.m. PST

Lots of Australian clubs on facebook, I know of 11 at least in the greater Sydney basin and canberra region

The H Man Supporting Member of TMP25 Apr 2019 8:02 p.m. PST

Cheers.

Most Facebook club pages are public, so can be seen by non users. Though it still depends in what info they choose to put on it as to how contactable they are. Emails or website links which then have emails occur and are helpful. Good on them for that.

The Tin Dictator14 Jun 2019 9:24 p.m. PST

Here's a list of cons world-wide.
link

I had a club list but it seems to have been taken down now.
There's usually a list of UK clubs in MW magazine.
But that's no help to the rest of the world.

The Tin Dictator20 Jun 2019 3:24 p.m. PST

Here's the club list.
link

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