Yes We Catan! Tabletop group brings gamers together

Gather up your wheat, sheep and ore, and roll for initiative: it’s game time.

The St. John’s Tabletop Community, a local not-for-profit social club for fans of tabletop gaming, will be celebrating a year of geeking out with a gaming tournament and get-together on February 16th.

The group, which has been having bi-weekly meetings at Coffee & Company since January 2012, set out to build a lasting community where everyone could feel welcome and participate. Tabletop gaming includes board games, card games, dice games, tile-based games, and other games that are played on a table. The most popular of these is Settlers of Catan, which has sold over 18 million copies worldwide.

“We’re a group of geeks who just really enjoy the social aspect of gaming,” says group founder Jason King. “This is from people playing family games Monopoly and Scrabble to more competitive games like Catan and Arkham Horror.”

Tabletop gaming groups aren’t a new thing.

“I moved to Edmonton for a while and met with a group of roleplayers. Other gamers, basically. They did something similar: coffee meet-ups with some light geeking,” says King. “So when I moved back to St. John’s I wanted to meet new people.”

From there, King posted an ad on Kijiji to gauge interest, and after an initial coffee shop meetup, the group gathered at King’s home. The group now gathers twice a month.

“We have, on average, ten to twenty regulars that show up to our meetings, and just over 100 people in our Facebook group,” says King. “We had 45 people show up to our first [group] event in September and we only see it growing.”

“It’s all about keeping social gaming away from just computers and experiencing fun interactions with others in person.”

The St. John’s Tabletop Community One Year Anniversary Super Geek Out will be held on February 16th. For more information, check their Facebook group.

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