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  • #5317

    Anonymous

    Greetings to one and all

    Myself and a few other students are considering starting a gaming society at Letterkenny Institute of Technology. We are not restricting ourselves to digital gaming, we plan to do board games aswell (great for an afternoon in the pub).
    Just wondering if anyone has any experience within a similar society and what we would need to do to make it a success for the new year

    Thanks

  • #31613

    Anonymous

    I ran the games soc in trinity for a good while, and as long as there are a few folks who are interested in doing some work from time to time, it’s not that difficult. The main problems is when you get a bunch of gamers together – they want to play games, not work :(

    I presume the IT provides funding, a room, a suitable time to recruit new members etc. Does the college have a policy on societies using college computer facilities for gaming? You’ll need to draw up a constitution most likely, though these are generally a 1-2 page document with a simple list of committee positions and a goal for the society. It is generally preferred if they are not presented on the back of beermats.

    You may need to hold elections (aka a pissup), and this can be a good way to get the initial membership up. Free beer attracts students I hear…

    A ps2 or other console is a good way to get a regular membership going, people can get over their aversion to gamer nerds if there are a few games of tekken going on. Just stick the DnD players in a different room.

    I can definately provide large stacks of old mtg cards too if you want to subject people to that nastiness :)

    Dave

  • #31618

    Anonymous

    Make sure you have plenty of tissue for all those nose bleeds. Oh and plenty of inhalers.

    EDIT: Damn Germans wont let me fleece their bandwidth – what is the world coming to…

  • #31619

    Anonymous

    Was that an attempt at a nerd joke? I expect more from our third annual “funny guy” :(

  • #31626

    Anonymous

    Well I’ve been Secretary for the Games Society here in DCU for the past two years and was recently elected its Chair so if you have any (computer) games related or organistional questions just drop me a PM. One of my committee is also an active member in the DCU STOCS society which cater for the D&D, Warhammer & board gaming crowd so again, drop me a PM and I’ll put him in contact with you if you want any advice. :D

  • #31627

    Anonymous

    was auditor of netsoc in UCC last/this year.

    all we did was play games. few all nighters.

    didn’t bother advertising at all. just make sure you start early in the year and at your first event show a film or something. don’t bring a ps2 and two controllers for twenty people.

    i started this year with FF7 advent children which attracted the gamer i was into. people with respect for character and storyline, not some irrtating FPS doug.

    i’ll talk about my experiences more some time when i don’t have an exam tomorrow.

    amazingly enough there are no nerds in my soc. they’re all taken by warps! (war and roleplaying society).

    next year we’re having some kind of jamboree. at the moment its called a conference and the provisional date is jan 19th 20th. we’ll see what we can get done this summer for it. but until i start sending out invites. i must study.

  • #31629

    Anonymous

    Our Compsoc (encumbent management is unwilling to come clean to the IT department by calling it what it is) is basically a twice weekly meet up for CS source in one of the IT labs. If the computers in the room that the techies gave us were good enough, we’d have more variety, but the CS-heads in the society will always play CS.

    The computers (and the management) are up for an upgrade/reshuffle next year, so things’ll improve.

  • #31630

    Anonymous

    Our Compsoc (encumbent management is unwilling to come clean to the IT department by calling it what it is) is basically a weekly meet up for CS source. If the computers in the room that the techies gave us were good enough, we’d have more variety, but the CS-heads in the society will always play CS.[/quote:6ce8534af2]
    Ah yes, the Carlow boys. Ye’ll all get getting a mail off me at some stage in the near future. However, ditch that Source and get back to 1.6 plz thx. :D

  • #31631

    Anonymous

    Somehow you’d quoted me before the page was done loading my post!? And I’m on a 1mb connection!?

  • #31632

    Anonymous

    Heh, usually the second you hit Submit the post will go through. You however won’t see it until your page refreshes.

    That and I’m ninja. 8)

  • #31634

    Anonymous

    A ps2 or other console is a good way to get a regular membership going, people can get over their aversion to gamer nerds if there are a few games of tekken going on. Just stick the DnD players in a different room.
    [/quote:a38efb04f0]
    Dunno about you, but I’ve been in societies were nerds AND cool dudes actually mixed (nerds would be on the PC, cool dudes would watch demos on the Amiga… that was back in 94) and I would rather be part of one where it happens. I hate all that intolerance bullshit (not from you, eh, I mean in general). It’s OK in American teenage movies, but if we can keep it out of here, I’d rather. Thanks.

    Still, if we could keep the computer/console guys separate from the proper gamers, that would be nice.
    :mrgreen:

    I can definately provide large stacks of old mtg cards too if you want to subject people to that nastiness :)[/quote:a38efb04f0]
    Oh I got those, no worries.
    And Legend of the Five Rings, and Pirates of the Spanish Main, and Mechwarrior (the new one with the Clix system) and I honestly don’t know how many roleplaying books (GURPS Discworld, GURPS Transhuman Space, tons of World of Darkness…)
    oh and Munchkin, Citadels.
    And that’s just the ones I own and have here with me… :P

  • #31635

    Anonymous

    i started this year with FF7 advent children which attracted the gamer i was into. people with respect for character and storyline, not some irrtating FPS doug.
    [/quote:13d6b65d3b]

    That’s the spirit. I’d rather show games that are actually sort of scary (as in, scare away people who won’t make the effort of trying something new). I don’t want to attract the main fucking stream and have a club filled with shams who only want to play Pro Evo Soccer, or whatever that game is that they’ve had running in the canteen all year long!
    though I wouldn’t say no to a bit of King of Fighters, or Dead or Alive, once in a while… but you got to keep things a bit, I dunno, up to certain standards?

  • #31637

    Anonymous

    Our Compsoc (encumbent management is unwilling to come clean to the IT department by calling it what it is) is basically a weekly meet up for CS source. If the computers in the room that the techies gave us were good enough, we’d have more variety, but the CS-heads in the society will always play CS.[/quote:0fdcaf0ec7]
    Ah yes, the Carlow boys. Ye’ll all get getting a mail off me at some stage in the near future. However, ditch that Source and get back to 1.6 plz thx. :D[/quote:0fdcaf0ec7]

    Oh yeah, and I’d like it if we could keep CS only players out, too :mrgreen:

  • #31638

    Anonymous

    Honestly if you want your society to thrive I really wouldnt have that kind of attitude. From past experience trying to focus all your attention on one kind of gamer is doomed to failure. You’re much better off having a little bit for everyone initially. Doing so will result in those who are interested in specific areas approaching you and offering to help out organising those activities. Sooner or later you’ll have a nice structure set up where you can delegate tasks to people who have strong interests im their area and hence make sure that all areas of gaming are covered. :D

  • #31641

    Anonymous

    I’ve been in societies were nerds AND cool dudes actually mixed[/quote:c8a527b47c]

    Nerds and ‘cool dudes’? What is this, the breakfast club?

    Well, all I can say is, I’m Ferris Bueller:
    “The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, waistoids, dweebies, dickheads – they all adore him. They think he’s a righteous dude.”

  • #31647

    Anonymous

    15,000 students in ucc… only one functioning technological soc.

    Netsoc in ucc is a redbrick, games soc, computer faculty soc, Business information Systems soc anything and everything to do with

    its a start up and i was the only one on the committee.

    there are over 90 functioning societies in UCC so most of those who were willing to help got involved in other socs. and most students are really lazy.

    next year we’ll be having a ball and a conference.

    this year it was just me on the committee…. seriously. next year there are 6 or seven willing individuals.

  • #31648

    Anonymous

    next year we’ll have a website. hopefully

  • #31654

    Anonymous

    Nerds and ‘cool dudes’? What is this, the breakfast club?[/quote:71f5de8c7b]
    Actually, yes, I think that’s quite a good comparison :P
    The good old days, anyway…

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