A group of local people who spend their free time away from computer screens preferring to play board games on tabletops, will hold an open day this Saturday.
The North West Table Top club are a committed group of gamers who have stepped away from technology and embraced the traditional hobby of playing board and war games.
One of the members, Alan Bates, said that at the North West Table Top Club they play a range of board games like War Hammer as well as family style board games like Ticket to Ride.
“It’s an alternative day out,” he said. “We are based at Illico, the dance and fitness studio on Spencer Road. “The group is cross border and cross community and we have people travelling from as far as Lisburn, Coleraine and Letterkenny to take part. Tabletop games continue to grow and become more and more popular.”
The North West Table Top group previously operated out of Magee College however they took the decision to relocate to Spencer Road to allow members under the age of 18 to join.
“We meet every other Saturday,” explained Alan. “It’s a real family friendly environment.
“One day you can be fighting a game in the depths of space and the next you are re-enacting the battle of Trafalgar. We have people of all ages in the club, from the more mature right down to nine and ten year olds.”
This Saturday (October 17) the club will be holding an open day when they hope to encourage new members to come and try out the games for themselves.”
“We already have 20-30 regular members,” continued Alan. “There’s everything from the war games, board games, mini games and card games. Lots of the people who come bring their kids with them. If there’s a game someone really wants to play we’ll do what we can to get it.”
Alan said that the group is a real departure from electronic gaming.
“At the group you won’t find any computers or consoles. Sitting in the house wearing a headset and mic is just not the same as a playing these games and trying to work out what your opponent’s next move is. We can play against each other or sometimes we work as a team playing together against the game.
If you fancy having a go at some board games come along on Saturday. The open day starts at 1 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m. at Illico.
Even if it has been years since you last played a board game, come along and try it.
Normally the charge is £5 but on Saturday the event will be running for free so people can have a chance to sample the session.
However there will be a bucket collection for the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice. For more information contact the Northwest Tabletop club on their facebook page.