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Weekly Game Night (Wednesday)

Beantown Gamers
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Nov 15 6:45PM - 11:00PM

Welcome new members! Please note, RSVPs are required to attend this 35-person, multi-site game night. The open RSVP spots on Meetup are for new members.

We are a casual group of people who enjoy playing complex board games -- the kind of board games that make you think. We play a variety of games, most of which are Euro style games of medium complexity. Games often last 90 minutes or more and involve juggling a lot of rules and factors in your head, to decide what to do. However, there's also plenty of laughter, friendship and/or trash talking involved. If that combination sounds up your alley, we hope you'll join us.

Our weekly meetup is in a TERRIFIC space for games steps from the Kendall Square T, with easy parking, and lots of room to spread out in. Full directions are below. The building door does get locked in the evening, but there is plenty of foot traffic in and out.

Our meetups happen once a week (alternating Mondays and Wednesdays), from 6:40 pm onwards. Our group has been running since 2007, and we have about 35 attendees each week, including regulars and new members.

1. Due to finite space, you must RSVP to attend. If you are having a hard time getting a spot, please send a message to the organizer and we will try to work something out!

2. We ask new members for a one-time donation of $5 towards our site fees. After that, all game nights are completely free! Please make sure you find the organizer to say hi and drop this off.

3. Please save loud and/or big games (like those with real-time arguing) for when the room is less full -- typically we thin out slightly by 10:00. This allows us to accommodate more people, and play a greater variety of games.

We play whatever people bring, which typically includes a lot of Euros. Here's a "tip of the iceberg" look at a few games that have been popular lately:

7 Wonders, Terra Mystica, Race for the Galaxy, Splendor, One Night Werewolf, Le Havre, Hansa Teutonica, Machi Koro, Concordia, Super Big Boggle

As you can see, there is some real variety. (We do play some light games, but if that's the main thing you want to play, please try our Light Game Night instead!) Our regular attendees bring about 20-30 games between them, so there's always a lot to choose from. But if you have a game you like, just bring it with you!

If you haven't played these kind of games before, but think you'll like them, you're welcome too! But be aware that you are NOT likely to find traditional American games (like Monopoly, Sorry, Risk, or Poker); heavy strategy or negotiation games (like 18xx, wargames, or Diplomacy); or pure abstract games (like Chess).

Finally, a note about Settlers of Catan and Ticket to Ride. These are traditional "gateway games" that many people play when they first discover Euros. Although you will occasionally find those games at our meetups, many of us have played them to death and have become more interested in games with a little more complexity to them.

OUTBOUND (from Boston / from Park Street)
Take the Red Line to Kendall Square station. Exit at the gates at the front of the train. Cross the street. (If you take the escalator up, turn around first to see the street.) After crossing, proceed behind the T entrance (perpendicular to Main Street). If there is construction in the way, you can take a 1 minute detour by turning right and following the curved street there, which comes around to the back of the T entrance. Building E25 is the brick building a quarter block down, across from the parking lot.

INBOUND (from Alewife / Porter / Harvard / Central)
Take the Red Line to Kendall Square station. Exit at the gates at the rear of the train. Take the stairs or elevator straight up. Proceed straight ahead (perpendicular to Main Street). If there is construction in the way, you can take a 1 minute detour by turning right and following the curved street there, which comes around to the back of the T entrance. Building E25 is the brick building a quarter block down, across from the parking lot.

FROM BOSTON (or Memorial Drive)
1) Take Massachusetts Ave heading north (cross the river if coming from Boston). Memorial Drive is the first cross street past the river; go past it.
2) Take the first right, onto Vassar St. (Vassar is the first right after Memorial Drive.)
3) Take the first right, onto Main St.
4) Pass two signals and a giant crosswalk, then turn right onto Wadsworth.
5) Take the first right, onto Amherst St., and then make an almost immediate left onto the raised parking lot. (There is a gentle ramp.) An MIT parking permit is NOT required in the evening. To reach game night, walk along Amherest St, then turn right on Carleton St. Building E25 will be on your left, just before Cartleton St zigzags left.

FROM CAMBRIDGE (or points west)
1) Take Massachusetts Ave heading south.
2) Take a left onto Vassar St. (Vassar is the last left before Memorial Drive; there is a railroad crossing there.)
3) Take the first right, onto Main St.
4) Pass two signals and a giant crosswalk, then turn right onto Wadsworth.
5) Take the first right, onto Amherst St., and then make an almost immediate left onto the raised parking lot. (There is a gentle ramp.) An MIT parking permit is NOT required in the evening. To reach game night, walk along Amherest St, then turn right on Carleton St. Building E25 will be on your left, just before Cartleton St zigzags left.

Once you enter, Room 119 is just past the stairs on the right. We ask new members for a one-time donation of $5.00 that goes towards site fees.

Feel free to email with any questions -- we hope to see you at a meetup soon.

How to find us:Walk a quarter of a block from the Kendall T, in the opposite direction from the Marriott Plaza. We're in the big building on your right (across from the parking lot). When you enter, our room is just across the foyer and on your right.

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