GCOM FAQ / Help!
This page contains questions and answers regarding anything related to GCOM (locations, meetings, events, websites)...AND some step-by-step instructions on how to do certain things within the site.
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General Questions About GCOMWhat is Games Club of Maryland?
A group of gaming enthusiasts based in Maryland that provides many services to the gaming community and the general public.
Our welcome statement summarizes what we are about:
We affectionatly refer to Games Club of Maryland as GCOM for short.
Copied from our bylaws, our stated purposes will also give you a good idea of what we are about.
"The purpose of GCOM shall be:
What games do you play?
We promote the playing of games of all kinds. We mostly play boardgames like Risk. We play a lot of European-style games. We also play card games, tabletop games and sometime miniatures. We love to teach and learn new games. Go to Games We Play for our top ten list of games that we are currently playing, and for our game inventory.
I am interested in playing. What do I need to do?
Since we have over thirty locations, you will need to decide which location you would like to attend. Go to: Locations and call or send an e-mail to the Host of the location you are planning to attend at least a day or two in advance.
Some Hosts do not mind if you show up unannounced, but it is always best to make contact with the host beforehand. This is also a good way to find out what games they might be playing in advance.
Do I have to be a member to play?
No. GCOM is open the General Public. Membership is not required to play at a gaming session at a regular GCOM location.
How do I become a member?
For complete membership information go to: Members.
To become a GCOM Associate Member (FREE membership):
- All the above infomation is not given out to any outside companies.
*Your name,city and membership status will appear on the GCOM website.
You're a member for life. Some of the member benefits are:
How much does it cost to join?
For complete membership information go to: Members.
Where do you play?
GCOM has over thirty locations throughout Maryland, DC, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and North Carolina. Go to our locations page for a complete location listing and map.
About half of our locations are in the home of the Host listed for that location. The rest are in retail stores, community centers, and churches.
Who do I contact for more infomation?
For an alphabetical list of appropriate contacts and some pictures, Go to out GCOM Contact Info page. All questions can either be answered by, or you can be directed to the appropriate person, by contacting the GCOM President Michelle Hymowitz at email@example.com.
I am interested in opening my own Games Club Location. What are the requirements?
Contact the GCOM President, Michelle Hymowitz, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Game ReviewsWho can post a game review?
Any GCOM member can contribute a game review. As far as who can actually do the posting, the answer there is: anyone who has permission to login to the GCOM website. It will appear under the name of the person doing the posting.
How do I post a game review?
I know this may sound funny, but write your review first and have a digital copy available. When you get to the step where you're actually adding the review text, remember that you're logged in. Logins will timeout. You wouldn't want to type the entire review into the textbox then submit it only to have the system redirect you to the login page because your session timed out!!!
I want to post a review for a new game, but I can't find it in the database.
Please email the game admin and tell him what game is missing and who published it. I will add it and send you a response email to let you know. It's a simple process that only take a couple minutes. Usually I get to them within a couple hours of the request (unless I'm at my day job!)
I posted the review, but the "Publisher" doesn't show up.
Mostly likely it's because there isn't one entered for your game in the database. We weren't tracking publishers when the games were first loaded when the new GCOM website started in August 2002. Since then, as new games have been added, I have included the publisher. Just email the webmaster and I will add your game's publisher.
Website Logging In/OutOn the login page, what does checking the "Remember My UserID" checkbox do?
Checking this checkbox, then successfully logging in, will cause a cookie to be written to your PC. The next time you go to login, your user id will appear in the appropriate box and the "Remember" checkbox will be checked.
Help! I've forgotten my password!
First, you must know what your login is. Since most users don't do any kind of data entry or post reviews/tales on a regular basis, it's not really that surprising. If you don't know your login, you will have to email the webmaster to get it. USUALLY, your login is the email address you provided when you became a member.
If you do know your login, follow these steps:
An email will be generated immediately and sent to the email address you provided. Exactly how long it takes to get there varies somewhat depending upon the current load on the website's (and your) mailservers (which is a good bit lately considering all of the email worms travelling about these days).
Since all user passwords are now stored in encrypted form in the database, this is the only way to retrieve passwords.
ONE FINAL NOTE: If you didn't provide an email address when you joined, then you won't be able to use the Forgotten Password procedure. Your login then is usually your first initial and last name...but not always...
I am sure my userid and password are right, but I can't get past the login page! (7/30/2006)
If you have followed the forgotten password procedure and confirmed your userid and password are correct, then read on.
Every once in a while, something “cycles” on the server on which our website is located. While it's doing that, even if you provide the correct uid/pwd, you end up back at the login page. Since our current ISP -- iHost/enom -- has yet to address this issue, we just have to grin and bear it. The best thing to do is if that keeps happening, just wait about half an hour and try again.
If you're even slightly unsure that you're not providing the correct userid and password, there is a way you can check. Follow these steps: