- To provide a board gaming environment for gaming enthusiasts.
- To promote playing games of all kinds.
- To have fun.
- To learn, share, grow, compete, and bond with others.
SERVICES TO COME:
- Open gaming space.
- Use of games and gaming equipment.
- Discounts on gaming purchases through local
- Bi-monthly newsletter featuring club happenings, special events, local convention
information, announcements, new games, variants, club member information, replays and
- Personalized membership card.
- Club bulletin board.
- Club T-shirts.
- Club flyer.
- Discounts on future conventions sponsored by GCOM.
MEMBERS (Past and Present):
- Membership is free.
- Bring your own games.
- Positive Mental Attitude - P. M. A.
- Sportsmanship, fair play, flexibility, open mindedness, patience and communication.
- Snacks and beverages.
- Games Club Of Maryland (GCOM) was officially founded in May of 1996.
GCOM foundations started with a small group of friends getting together every
now and then to play games back in the mid 1980's. The group consisted
of Michael Reiner, Keith Feldman, Bill Few, Jeff Flancer, Keith Levy and
others. In 1987 the group began to get together on a more regular basis,
playing every few weeks. In 1989, the group started to play on a weekly
basis on Tuesday evenings. Other regular players at that time were Brian
Fender and John Kinnear. Games regularly played at that time were Risk and Axis
and Allies. In 1991, the gaming group began to play on a bi-weekly basis
and started playing every other Wednesday evening. In 1992, Keith Levy,
being challenged by the lack of enough players showing up on a regular basis,
went to his first outside source to recruit gamers. Keith filled out an
opponents wanted card at the local Game Keeper store. About a month
later, Travis Burns and Chris Stockwell answered the ad. They were the
first gamers from an outside source to join the group on a regular basis. At
about the same time the group discovered the game Titan, which quickly became
the popular favorite.
- It was through an inquiry to Avalon Hill, on further explanation of the
rules for Titan, that became the turning point for Keith Levy and for the
club. The inquiry was forwarded by Don Greenwood to Bill Scott.
Bill, being one of the founders of the Titan National Tournament, introduced
Keith to the convention circuit. Keith went to his first gaming convention,
AVALONCON 1993, through Bill's recommendation. Bill also recommended a
subscription to the General magazine. Keith subscribed shortly thereafter
and took out his first opponents wanted ad in Volume 28, No. 4 in early 1993.
Even thought the phone number was printed incorrectly and
the ad ran in two issues, Keith still received some response. Jim Sparks
and Tim Rothenhoefer were among the first players responding to the ad to join
the club on a regular basis. From this point forward Keith continued to
run ads in the General on a regular basis to increase the size of the club.
- The gaming club slowly continued to grow. In 1994, Keith answered an
ad in the General from Robert Waters, the new editor of the magazine. Robert
(Bob) along with his coworkers, Ben Knight, Mark Simonitch, and David Hiller
joined the club on a regular basis. having insiders from Avalon Hill
greatly expanded the exposure of the club to new games. The club was now
playing new and different games on a regular basis. This feature became
another turning point for the club. A diverse field of games led to
steady and consistent growth of new members and kept the interest of older
members intact. The club had now become large enough where there was a
consistent base of regular gamers that played in each bi-weekly club
- In 1995, Keith game mastered his first gaming event. At Prezcon
'95, Keith was GM for the Risk tournament. Later that year, in November
1995, with an invitation from Brian Sutton, Keith helped co-sponsor T N T '95,
the Titan National Tournament. At around the same time Keith decided
that the gaming club should have an official name of some kind. Keith
wanted to give the club a name that best represented what it was all about.
Keith decided he wanted to use the word GAMES as an acronym for the club
name. Undecided as to what the acronym should stand for, Keith decided to
be geographically specific and call the group GAMES of Maryland.
- Keith sent out his first ad advertising the gaming group as a club to the
General magazine in October of 1995. As it turned out, the General
issue containing the ad didn't hit the newsstands until March of 1996.
- In February of 1996, Keith Game masters two events at
Prezcon '96. Keith was awarded BEST GM for running Risk and History of the
World. Keith also made up a score sheet for tournament play of History
of the World. Keith submitted the score sheet with an accompanied
article to the General magazine, which was published in Volume30, No. 3.
In March of 1996, just prior to the first club ad hitting the new stands,
Keith decided on a new name for the gaming group. GAMES CLUB OF MARYLAND
was born. Being serious about the name of the group and keeping future
interests in mind, Keith decided to officially register the club name.
In May of 1996 GAMES CLUB OF MARYLAND became an official trade name.
- ADDENDUM, 9/30/2003:
GCOM History 101
The First GCOM location was at:
7310 Kathydale Road. Baltimore, MD. 21207 - The home of GCOM Founder,
Keith Levy at that time. Not actually being in Baltimore City, Pikesville
was the closest town.
-And here is a bit of history that probably no one remembers. The name
Games Of Maryland in the link you found below is NOT a mistake. This is
the name I gave the club in March of 1996. I changed it to Games Club of
Maryland one month later in April. I registered the name "Games Club of
Maryland" with the State of Maryland as a trade name in May of 1996; hence
our offical Founding Date of May 1996.
The E-mail adress that you found, firstname.lastname@example.org belonged
to none other than Rich Shipley. I did not have a computer or e-mail
access at that time and I do not even recall the fact that we/Rich had
e-mail acess that early in our existance. Maybe Rich can fill us with
some more information if he remembers it. I was making phone calls
(yes the telephone) to tell members of upcoming meeting dates.
I find it amazing that the notes show some our are base foundations
have not changed to this day.
"Notes: We meet every other Wednesday evening. Focusing on multi-player
games such as Titan, History of the World, Die Siedler Von Caton, and
others. Players of all levels welcome. Willing to teach and learn new games."
...and Seven years later:
- We meet every other Wednesday evening at GCOM-Reisterstown
- Focus on multi-player games.
- Die Siedler Von Caton. This title looks like one that most of our current
locations still play.
- Players of all levels welcome.
- Willing to teach and learn new games.