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D&D General Would you fequent a gamer's hangout/bar?

They can work - and pre-Covid many of the local pubs used to find that although they weren't run for gamers having gamers take over one of their rooms was an excellent reliable source of income on week nights - and give warning to saturday groups if you've hired the function room out. It's really a case of knowing your audience.

One thing you definitely want to do if the whole place is for gaming is keep the place fairly quiet - no ambient music and padding on the walls (we're not talking library here - just sound damping). If there are RPG conversations and the like then no one wants them to fight to be heard at their table.
 

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J-H

Adventurer
Probably not. I have two small children and not a lot of spare time.
I also don't like to spend a lot of money on eating out, and I don't drink alcohol, so I would not be a profit-generating customer.
 

Marc_C

Solo Role Playing
That is pretty much our local gaming club. They have private rooms for RPGs. As soon as the restrictions are lifted they will serve food & alcohol.

Would I frequent it? Depends of who is there! Hygiene is sometimes an issue. I'm looking at you smelly cat-piss-man. :p


Seriously, I organized many tournaments for wargames from 2000 to 2016. It was fun era but too demanding. I don't frequent them anymore. We play at our homes instead. But I buy from them because I want them to stay open. I drop in from time to time for a chat with the more interesting employees.
 

R_J_K75

Hero
Hygiene is sometimes an issue. I'm looking at you smelly cat-piss-man.
I played at a game store for awhile and there were a few people over the years that showed up pretty ripe. I failed my save vs. death more than a few times. One of the drawbacks of playing with random people you dont know well.
 

Matchstick

Explorer
Last time I was there my local gaming store had worked out a deal with the restaurant next door so that gamers could submit an order to the restaurant and the food would be run over. They shared a wall and literally ran a wire through the wall from the restaurant and hooked up an ordering machine to it in the game store.
 




Lanefan

Victoria Rules
If there was a gamers' pub in town I'd go to it, provided it wasn't a complete hellhole, not specifically to play or run games but just as my local watering hole to hang out with friends for a beer. And that's the trick, I think, to making these places work: focus more on the pub/social aspect and don't even really try to provide space to play, as you're just asking for conflicts between people who are there primarily to play and thus want to hear each other clearly and those who - like me - just want to hang out and party.

There is (or was?) a great game-oriented pub in Vancouver called the Storm Crow, but nothing in Victoria.
 

el-remmen

Moderator Emeritus
I am halfway with Lanefan on this issue. I am much more likely to go to a pub to just hang and drink beer and maybe play some casual games and shoot the naughty word but unlikely to run actual D&D or other RPGs there (I prefer privacy and all my minis and battlemats). I also think fostering a gamer hangout vibe without necessarily requiring any gaming is a better business model for continued patronage. But I do think it should offer places to play for other folks to enjoy.
 

R_J_K75

Hero
just as my local watering hole to hang out with friends for a beer.
If I had even a penny for everytime I told myself Im just going out for "A" beer Id be a very rich man. That never works, and more often than not whenever I say that the birds are chirping when I get home.
 

Lanefan

Victoria Rules
If I had even a penny for everytime I told myself Im just going out for "A" beer Id be a very rich man. That never works, and more often than not whenever I say that the birds are chirping when I get home.
It's that whole redefining of terms thing that seems to come up so often in these threads.

Here I'm redefining the word "a" to mean "a not-zero number that could be whatever number I feel like that night". :)
 

Nope. I don’t have enough spoons for a public place like that. But anything that promotes the hobby in a healthy way is cool with me.
 





pming

Hero
Hiya!
A friend and I were talking about what would be the ideal adult gamer hangout. A business with private rooms for groups to use with nice gaming tables and TV's/monitors for GM's to use if they want, an area with good wargaming tables, a card gaming area, and possibly a small arcade with classic video games and /or pinball. Snack-type foods, maybe burgers/hot dogs/etc, and drinks (beer, but not liquor).

Would you and your group frequent such an establishment?
Sure would...on one condition: Anyone wishing to enter must past a "smell test". If any rank BO is detected...no admittance!

I have been to ONE game convention in my life (one in Calgary, Alberta). Towards late afternoon it was impossible to enter the wargamming room without having your eyes water, your nostrils burn, and your stomach dry-heave from the pungent aroma. I likened it to what it would be like going to one of the layers of the Nine Hells. Actually, scratch that. I'd prefer sulfur and brimstone!

^_^

Paul L. Ming
 

jasper

Rotten DM
A friend and I were talking about what would be the ideal adult gamer hangout. A business with private rooms for groups to use with nice gaming tables and TV's/monitors for GM's to use if they want, an area with good wargaming tables, a card gaming area, and possibly a small arcade with classic video games and /or pinball. Snack-type foods, maybe burgers/hot dogs/etc, and drinks (beer, but not liquor).

Would you and your group frequent such an establishment?
WE have one in town which serves liquor and did get their food license. Good thing age 21 limit kept the pre 18 years out. And we could have adult situations in game play. Bad. Not enough dms to keep tables small. Bad lightning in the old store. Noise occasionally was a problem like during a video game contest with gaming in same room. Bad bad thing. I don't need to drink and some days the smell would trigger me.
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
We had such a place - a bar/restaurant with loads of dedicated gaming space, and a pretty impressive board game library. They tried so hard to survive covid, and got pretty innovative about it - they were the first restaurant around here I know that, back when basics like flour were hard to find, would use their restaurant suppliers to fill the gaps. Unfortunately, the pandemic killed the place.
 

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