Lee Goes Clubbing: UAA’s Game Club plays on despite troubles

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Do you like Dungeons and Dragons? Magic the Gathering? Board games? How about Cards Against Humanity? If you said yes to one or more of these things, then Game Club at UAA is the place for you.

When I first heard of the game club, I thought it was solely going to be about video games. Boy, was I wrong. UAA’s Game Club caught me completely off guard when I first walked into their meeting area in the Student Union. Firstly, there were two tables put together and on those tables were a plethora of playing die, decks of Magic the Gathering cards and plenty of players having quite a bit of fun.

I also saw a table with materials for playing Dungeons and Dragons. Upon that sight, I realized this club was not just for electronic gaming, but also table-top games. As an avid D&D player, I can tell you that this is going to be a club that I will frequent. In addition to D&D and Magic, the club does play other games. James Stubblefield, a long time member of Game Club, lists some of the recent games played in the group.

“Smash [Brothers], Magic, Monster Hunter, Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, board games of any sort really, most things. Lots and lots of things. My favorite is Magic,” Stubblefield said.

For those interested in Game Club, it is a rather inviting group of people. Not only do they play less involved games, they will also teach you to play new games or more complicated ones. So, if you are interested in D&D, Magic, or any other game you’ll most likely find someone at the club willing to teach you how to play. Or at least, if they don’t know or have never played, they are open to discovering a new game with you too. Kevin Sutton, a dungeon master at Game Club, explains the openness of the club.

“We play D&D every week. We have about eight people playing right now, so a lot… We play Cards Against Humanity sometimes, we play other games too. If people bring games we’ll play those. If someone comes up, and they don’t have any experience, we’ll teach them how to play. It’s nothing structured or formal, we’ll just teach them how to play the game,” Sutton said.

I did learn from the club’s ‘unofficial’ president, Ryan Richter, why the club does not have any posters and why he bears his title.

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“Our previous club president kind of fucked us. He lost all of our resources for the club, meaning our board games that he had when he was moving. He bailed as Club President two weeks before the semester started and did not tell any of us that we did not have our paperwork in or a faculty adviser set up, and we could not get any paperwork in or an adviser set up in time to become an official club. We don’t have a faculty adviser yet, but we do have everything else lined up for next semester,” Richter said.

Even though this club isn’t totally registered for this semester, it looks like a lot of fun. As an avid nerd for games of all types, I highly recommend this club. Who knows, maybe I’ll see some of you there.

UAA Game Club meets every Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m in the Student Union. Happy clubbing everyone!