Thank you everyone who participated in our 2nd Anniversary Raffle held on June 1st. We were able to raise $220 towards the club which we turned around and donated $110 to the Waterville Branch Library to thank them for their continued effort to helping grow our club. We also would like to Congratulate Will H for winning the unopened copy of Gloomhaven and Chris G for winning the 1yr free basic membership.
We learned a lot from this raffle and hope that future events like this will be more fruitful for the club as we look for better ways to get the community involved. THANK YOU ALL!!!
Coming up on July 20th, we will have a "RED, WHITE, BLUE = FREEDOM" or "The American Dream" themed game day where we will be playing games to celebrate our country's independence. Bottom of the 9th, New York 1901, Ticket to Ride, Dream Home, Welcome to..., and many more just to name a few. As always, this event is free to the public and doesn't not require the participants to have a membership with the club.
Hope to see new faces out to the join us for gaming. See you all at the tables and Happy Gaming!
~Anthony, Club President
Good Morning Gamers! As previously mentioned, the club is holding a raffle to celebrate our 2nd anniversary and we wanted to provide you with as much information as possible for our decision to purchase tickets. Here are the details:
WHO: Black Swamp Gamers will be selling raffle tickets for $5 each in which half of our total sales will be donated to the Waterville Branch Library. They have helped us so much over the last few years, we wanted to show our thanks and support to them by giving half of what we raise to their worthy cause.
WHAT: The raffle has 2 prizes that are possible to win. 1st drawing will be for a copy of Gloomhaven which is a campaign style, dungeon crawler board game that comes with many characters to play and almost infinite dungeons to create. This game has been listed on boardgamegeek.com as their #1 game for the last few months now and shows no sign of it being surpassed for quite some time. It is listed as a $100 value. Our 2nd drawing prize is a 1 Year Basic Membership to the board game club. A club membership allows the recipient to join us on all member board game days and events, allows them to start receiving points towards our rewards system, and grants them access to borrow games from our ever growing on-premise library. This is also a $100 value.
WHERE: The drawing will be held on June 1st, 2019 at 7PM from our club location which is our PUBLIC GAME day for anyone to come in and join us for gaming. That day ALSO happens to be International Table Top Day, made famously by the good people at Geek & Sundry (use the following link to learn more about it). Need not be present to win the prizes as long as all our information is on the stub that is drawn.
WHY: We wanted a way to give back to the people who have supported us over these last 2 years and a raffle seemed fitting. The game and the 1 year membership were donations from outside parties that wanted to give back to the club. The money we are raising for the Library in the process is going to benefit them in so many ways to help group the community through programs that the library can offer. They have helped us many times over the years so we wanted to show our thanks!
HOW: purchasing raffle tickets is as easy as a few clicks! either use the following link right here --> https://bit.ly/2Cowqhy OR at the top of this page, on the right side is a DONATE button that will take you to the same paypal page. IN THE COMMENTS WHEN DONATING THROUGH PAYPAL, provide your name, phone number, email, and how many tickets you would like to purchase.
Good Afternoon all! As always, sorry for the late updates to our website blog. We are still trying to come up with a better way to post in one place that will update both our Facebook and website in 1 action. Someday we'll come up with a good solution so we thank you for your continued visits.
We have been rolling smoothly through the months and we're excited for whats coming up. We had some great turn out in January for our Birthday Party public day. We also have started a new rewards system in February that seems to have taken off a bit more which is nice. Rewarding our paying members with a chance to pick a free unopened game I feel is a great way to help keep our members returning more often to try out different games with us. Our Scrabble Sundays have also seemed to pick up more traction
Coming up in April & May we have some new public day themes we are excited to reveal so PLEASE be sure to check out our facebook for when those events are posted!
ALSO, June 1st will make the club's 2nd year being in Peddler's Alley in Waterville and we wanted to make the occasion with a special raffle to help show our appreciation to our members can community. The club will be selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a copy of GLOOMHAVEN!!! They will be going on sale beginning of April and our goal is sell at least 100 tickets. They will be $5 per ticket. Gloomhaven has been ranked #1 on boardgamegeek.com for about a year now and this game is valued at $100!! We are also raffling off a 1yr free basic membership, also valued at $100. All ticket purchased go directly to keep the club running.
Thats all for now folks. Come up to the club and visit us sometime, we love playing new games and seeing new faces. Thank you for your continued support and Happy Gaming!!
Well, July to December…… time really flies quick! Sorry for the lack of updates on the website as it has been a crazy last few months at the clubhouse for us as we are trying to manage some new processes with our officers to better organize our ideas and issues. But anyway, here is a little recap on what’s been going on with Black Swamp Gamers, a “year in review” so to speak...
- August, September, October, November - Public Game days - We have seen a slight increase in attendance to these functions and we are extremely grateful for everyone who has come out to game with us! It’s always a pleasure when we see a new face with a new game. For our travel themed day, we got to play games like Concordia and Ticket to Ride while we talked about where we went over the summer with our families. On our Halloween themed day, we finally got to see Fury of Dracula to the table and played the new Edgar Allen Poe game "Masque of The Red Death". In November, we relaxed with a few cold drinks and played our party favorites like "Curses" and "The Walking Dead". Coming up in December, we will be having our Cookie Sale on the 21st to help raise money for the club then just casual gaming that Saturday.
- Oddmall Convention, Glass City Con, Game Room Demo Day – This year BSG took part in more local event to try and get the club a little more exposure. We had table space at both events in which our officers brought some of their favorite games to share with anyone who wanted to sit down and play. The highlight was Game Room Demo Day as it is literally one full day of anything board games at a local retail shop in Toledo. Matt, Anthony, and Kyle had 3 tables set up and handed out ticket to people who played our games then they could turn the tickets in for a chance to win hourly prizes. Met lots of interested people who felt our club was a great way to help grow the table top gaming community.
- International Gaming Week with Waterville Public Library – This year, we have done 2 outreach events at the local Waterville Branch Library to help spread the word about table top gaming. Both events happened to fall on “international gaming” days. The officers were able to bring games to the table that we considered to be “gateway” games like Munchkin and Ticket to Ride. We also were able to get children involved as well with games like Animal Upon Animal and Junk Art (dexterity games that were visually appealing and easy to understand).
- The best is yet to come – One of the hardest things the club has to face every month is the possibility that we may have to close our doors. It’s a sad but true reality that we are trying to take head on to ensure that everyone one of our members has a great experience with BSG. With that, we will be looking at better way over the next few months to make sure our paid members are REALLY getting their moneys worth. We also plan to start an incentive points system to help bring in more members by provide discounts to already paid members for any new person they can bring to the club. In the long run, these new members will in turn help us reach our larger club goals like the possibility of getting larger gaming space, more games for the shelves, and better refreshment options. Every person counts, and we want to make sure you continue to enjoy your time with us.
If you have ANY questions at all about the club or our events, please feel free to reach out to us through email firstname.lastname@example.org check us out on our facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/BlackSwampGamers and Thank you again for your support!
Happy Holidays from all of us at BSG and as always, Happy Gaming!!
Good Afternoon Gamers! Thank you for coming back to see what we have been up to. July has been a great month for the club. We got to see some new faces at your Co-op public game day and played Buffy, Elder Sign, and Letters From Whitechapel. We received some great feedback from our guests. BSG is also now on an app called "GameFor" that we recommend to all our guests, if you are just looking for ANY games going on in the area, its a great resource to find people. Many of our recent guests came from that app and from some pretty far distances just to play so we are excited to see who else is willing to join us in the future.
Our next game day should be a good one as well - Travel Themed! Come up to the club and play a game that you bought this summer, tell us about your adventures using a game like Trekking The National Parks, or where you went with King of Tokyo, or how you go there with Ticket to Ride. We would love to hear your stories and get to meet/know you better! See the details in the flyer below.
We ALSO have a fun new Sunday even coming up August 5th, SCRABBLE SUNDAYS where we are only playing competitive games of Scrabble. This event is also free to the public. We can always use more players for we hope to see you out for that. Game play starts at 12Noon and ends around 3PM.
As Always, Happy Gaming All!!
Good Afternoon everyone! Sorry for the delay in posting to the website. It has been quite a busy few months for us at the club and now finally have some time to play catch up. In May, we were able to renew out lease with the space we are in so that was big. We made it through the first year!! We also gained a new officer to the club, Kyle who will be our Lead Events Coordinator. He will be tasked to come up with more Saturday events for the club to run while also looking into getting our club name out there more by registering for local area conventions. In June, some of our members were able to experience Origins Game Fair in Columbus, OH. The club now has some new games to play from the convention like Star Trek Ascendancy, Tiny Epic Galaxies Expansion, and many more!! June also we enjoyed our themed Saturday on the 23rd which was worker placement games. We played Dice City, Stone Age, and a few more while we had guests.
Coming up in July, we thought it would be nice to go with another growing category, Co-op games!!!
We also plan to have a Scrabble Sunday planned again as there has been some interest growing for it. Plan for that on July 8th from 12Noon to 3PM. This is also a public event so no membership is needed.
If you would like to make a donation to the club, you can now easily do so with the donate button to the right of this post. All contributions go directly toward helping the club with getting new games, refilling our drink and snack bar, etc. Thank you in advance for helping!!
Good Morning All, sorry for the delay on getting this posted. Just a reminder that summer is right around the corner so that will come with some weekday gaming becoming available. We will still do our Friday (6pm-10PM), Saturday (1PM-10PM), and Sunday (5PM-8PM) along with a few more days in the week when there isn't a D&D session going on. Be on the look out for those posts coming soon :) For the rest of May, we have a few more events going on that we would like to share!
May 19th 3PM - Old School Gaming will be having their free board game day. head on up to their shop across the street from TGIFridays on Airport to play any games they have on their demo shelves or one that you would like to share with others.
May 26th -1PM - The clubhouse will be open for our public theme day for this month, looking to play games that have a "spring" season theme to them. Arboretum, Photosynthesis, Lotus, and others will be at the table. We will have snacks and drink for free to hand out as well. Bring friends and family and see what the club is all about!
Lastly, to round out an amazing year at the clubhouse, we will be holding out bi-annual members meeting for ALL PAYING members. We will discuss whats been happening within the club, our funds, our officer changes, and most importantly, getting your feedback on how we can make this next year even better. PLEASE try to join us for this meeting on THURSDAY May 24th starting at 6:30PM.
As always, Happy Gaming All :)
Good Evening everyone! There is lots to talk about for the month of April so lets hop right into it:
See you all soon and Happy Gaming!!
Join BSG in raising money for Food for Thought to help hungry families in our community!
Bring your family or friends for an evening of board games for a good cause! Donate to play.
Food For Thought provides groceries and fresh fruits and vegetables for more than 450 families each month in low-income neighborhoods across the region. They also make more than 15,000 PB&J lunches each year and distribute them downtown every Saturday morning.
Can’t attend? You can make a gift to Food For Thought here: https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/i6royqi3XRTC_CQraJKa9A
Why is March Hungry? After end-of-year giving, winter is still in full swing and pantry supplies start to dwindle. Families in our community experience the harsh reality of hunger and food insecurity at all times of the year. You can make sure that putting food on the table is one less worry for our neighbors in need. Learn more: https://feedtoledo.org/
Can't donate cash? We will also be collecting supplies for Food for Thought's weekly lunch pack nights.
List of PB&J Supplies:
Because our volunteer numbers fluctuate, we like to have both individually bagged items (chips, goldfish, cookies), and larger items that we can break down into smaller portions (bulk or family sized items). We ask that all items be shelf stable due to cold storage limitations.
Chips (corn or potato or veggie, plain), Pretzels, Popcorn (already popped)
Fruit Snacks, Dried Fruit
Plastic Sandwich Bags (Zip-Closure)
Cases of Bottled Water
Paper Lunch Bags (Standard, Not Large Size)
Creamy Peanut Butter
Fruit Jellies & Jams
Loaves of Sliced Bread (White, Wheat)
Good Afternoon all and sorry for such a long time between posts. I just wanted to reach out to everyone and let you all know that we are still here and kicking. We have a pretty busy holiday season and flew through January with 1 public day. We hosted a birthday get-together for our Vice President which was a big success.
Coming up in February, we plan to have a Valentine's Day themed day on Saturday the 17th. This is a public event so anyone is welcome to join us. An officer will be there to open the doors at 1PM. We hope to have more planned days coming up here in the future as soon as we get our bearings straight as we are looking at bring on some new officer positions to help us better organize our Online/Internet presence.
Our hours also recently changed where we are no long hosting a Monday game day but have opened up EVERY Saturday for for members now so we are gaming all weekend long! For more details, please reach out to us.
Hope you all are doing great and got some fun games over the holiday. Stay warm and come see us sometime soon and as always, Happy Gaming!!
~Anthony - Club President
Donations & Payments
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