Long story short, some of us from an LGS are looking at starting a gaming club. There are a lot of reasons we’re looking to do this, no one in particular, and overall we feel the pros outweigh the cons. The pros are pretty obvious, basically do what we want, when we want and how we want to. I’m simplifying of course. The cons are finding a place for the club, the expense involved in such an endeavor and having enough members to cover that cost while hopefully making a bit of a profit to contribute towards the club.
This is an idea a few of us have had kicking around for a while. There’s a gaming club in Massachusetts that we visit when they run tournaments and some of us have admired the club atmosphere. It’s a very different thing from what you see at a gaming store. The people who play at a club are paying for that privilege and in turn want to provide the best gaming experience possible. A club can enforce rules that a gaming store could not for fear of alienating clientele. It’s just a very different animal.
That being said, I have no doubts a fair amount of clubs get started and fall flat quickly. Without proper organization and structure it could just fold fast; it’s like a business really. So I’m curious how many of you out there are members of a gaming club and how do you find the experience? Do you have any tips for a club looking to start up? What are the most common issues you see in a gaming club?