- To Have Fun, Learn, Share, Grow, Play.
- To provide an open board gaming environment for gaming enthusiasts and any other interested parties.
- To promote playing games of all kinds.
- To teach, bond, compete and communicate with others.
- To provide services which promote the board gaming hobby
Services to come:
- Open Gaming space.
- Use of games and gaming equipment.
- Club Flyer.
- Club bulletin board.
- Quarterly newsletter featuring upcoming sessions, club happenings, special events,
local convention information, club member profiles, announcements and philosophies.
- Discounts on conventions sponsored by GCOM.
- Invitations to special events.
- Web page.
- Personalized club business cards.
- Club t-shirts.
- Other services yet to be discovered.
- Membership is free.
- Bring your favorite games.
- Positive Mental Attitude - P. M. A.
- Sportsmanship, fair play, flexibility, open-mindedness, patience and communication.
- Snacks and beverages.
- Active members. Gamers that are currently active in the club and come to gaming
sessions on a regular basis. They come to gaming sessions at least once a month.
- Members. Gamers that come to gaming sessions a few times a year.
Attendance is about two to three times a year. Most of these members were active
members in the past.
- Past members. Most of these gamers were active members in the past. Some
have moved out of town. Some have had schedule changes and some have lost interest.
- Honorary members. Four of these gamers, Charles Hickok, Ewan Mcnay, Justin
Thompson and Jon Zug, traveled long distance to attend Games day '98.
Justin and Jon are organizers of the Prezcon Convention. Charles and Ewan are
History of the World players from Prezcon. Three, Wayne Smith, John Wasserman and
John Renard had significant involvement in gaming with Keith in the early days before
there was organized group playing. Bill Scott introduced me to conventions and
communication with the outside gaming world. If it were not for Bill there may
have never been a games club.
History Update from 1995 to present:
- In August 1995 Rich Shipley joined the gaming group. Rich had a large
collection of new games, which he continually brought to the gaming sessions.
Having a supply of different games to play on a regular basis was great succuss in
keeping attendance levels high and in bringing new gamers to the club. Club
session attendance remained steady throught 1995 to 1996.
- Once advertisement in the General began on a regular basis membership gradually
increased. Regular members Dave Hammond and Ben Knight remain tireless in
their efforts to consistently introduce new gamers to the club. Attendance
levels average at around ten to twelve gamers per session through to March 1997.
- In April 1997 Games Club of Maryland moves. Rich Shipley and Ed Rothenheber
are gracious enough to have Games Club of Maryland sessions at their homes while
Keith Levy is waiting for his new home and the new Games Club of Maryland to be
built in Reisterstown. Gaming sessions are fewer, during the transition.
Brian Sutton starts to have regular gaming sessions at his home on Tuesday evenings.
Brain asks Keith if he can use the name, Games Club of Maryland. The second
location of the club is born in Laurel. Rich Shipley starts to have monthly
gaming sessions on Saturdays in Joppatowne. Rich wanting to have a name for
his gaming club, Keith suggest using Games Club of Maryland. The third
location of the club is born in Joppatowne.
- In June 1997 the new home of Games Club of Maryland is complete. Regular
gaming sessions resume in full force in July 1997. Despite the further traveling
distance of fiftieth minutes further away for ninety percent of the members
attendance is not adversely affected. Not one member is lost due the move.
Games Club of Maryland members are a dedicated group of people. Regular
attendance remains at about twelve gamers per session.
- Games Day '98, Games Club of Maryland weekend open gaming session, on May 2nd and
3rd, 1998, is a success. There was a total of twenty eight gamers in
attendance, with four people from out of state. A new attendance record was
set at twenty two during Games Day. In late May 1998, Keith buys a Maryland
state flag, one of the symbols to stand for Games Club of Maryland. The flag
currently flies during Games Club of Maryland sessions. After a long absence
of advertising in the General, due to the club move, ads start to run for new
- A web page for the club is created through the help of Rich Shipley. The page
is published over the internet on July 1998.
GAMES CLUB OF MARYLAND
9 Augusta Wood Ct.
Reisterstown, MD. 21136