Bob, Brennan, Tyler, Rod, Bethany and Chuck, from left to right, way back in March 2010.
A year ago today, some gamers met at the Langdon Street Cafe in Montpelier. Our goal: to create more occasions to meet up and play the games we all like so much. And not only did we put on game days, but we traveled all around the state to do so, doing our best to spread the tabletop fun to the disparate game-playing communities of Vermont.
Since then we’ve hosted three game days: the Summer Game ‘n Grill in Burlington, Fall-loha in Lyndonville and Winter Weirdness in Barre. We held tournaments of Dominion, Small World and Ticket to Ride, recognizing the top players with prizes. We played a ton more board games, plus role-playing games like Fiasco and Gamma World. All in all, those three days made for a really fun time.
So naturally we’re going to do it again. The fourth game day of our seasonal cycle, Spring Meltdown, is mere days away from kicking into gear in Middlebury. And after that, our sights are already set on the second Summer Game ‘n Grill, bringing the fun — and flame — to the Vermont side of the Upper Valley.
This first year proved the model of traveling game days. We’ve consistently pulled in thirty to forty people every time. As word spreads from gamer to gamer and we begin to revisit regions — starting with Burlington in the fall — it can only get better!
In short, if you thought 2010 was a good year for playing games and making friends in Vermont, wait until the rest of 2011 unfolds.