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The Game Goes On Mike Baker CSRA Coordinator
This issue of the CSRA Gamers Association Newsletter brings us to the end of three years for the CSRA Gamers Association. We have accomplished many of our original goals. Of course, there is always room for more growth and improvement. We have brought in a number of new gamers in every geographic area that we reach. We have new young people and adults who have discovered what a great hobby gaming is. We have seen old gamers come back to play and enjoy the hobby. Great job, everyone! New games and game groups continue to show up and add to the mixture of universes and worlds we like to game in. We have seen RPG gamers try out tabletop and board games and we have seen hardcore wargamers check out RPG’s. It seems as if everyone has tried at least one Collectible Card Game or Living Card Game, and Magic continues to be a hit at every store in the area. One of the brightest stars in the CSRA sky has been the integration of activity with Rob Davis’ Gaming Group. This awesome group of gamers has brought new faces and renewed enthusiasm to our Association. These guys and gals have jumped into everything from starships to WW2 armor and allowed us to have many more folks to play and have fun with. Thanks for all the great work, Rob! We have seen a growth in local shops and a strengthening of local, game friendly venues. Common Grounds Coffee House remains a haven for twice weekly gaming in Barnwell, SC. The addition of Arsenal Games and Hobbies in its location near Grovetown and Martinez provides a number of gamers with a local option for gaming in that area of Augusta. AGH has also been a real mover in promoting historical and family gaming the Augusta area. The Augusta Book Exchange’s new location on Ft Gordon gives us an opportunity to reach out directly to our gamer brethren in uniform. Paul Rogers is working hard to transform what was mainly a comic store into a full service gaming and comic venue where our GIs who can’t get off post can find a gaming hangout. The recent addition of Rob Davis as the manager of the Augusta Book Exchange on Bobby Jones Expressway will provide a new impetus to growing gaming in this area of Augusta. As I write this, it is possible to game any of 6 nights a week in Augusta. Thanks to you, the CSRA gaming public, we are in what can be arguably described as a Golden Age of Gaming in the CSRA. I can’t wait to see what next year will bring! With the management shifts of the past two years, the CSRAGA is now firmly at the front of the direction in which Siege
of Augusta is going. Starting with Paul Elkin and continuing with Norm Schwartz and myself, Siege is transforming itself into a full featured convention where gamers of all types are welcome and encouraged. This year’s annual CSRAGA Tanksgiving event at Augusta Book Exchange saw some 25 people playing all kinds of tank games covering topics from Steampunk, to Grav Armor, to WW2 tank battles. Meanwhile, Arsenal Games and Hobbies ran events covering mecha (walking tanks!) and WW2 armored combat. Even the Barnwell crowd got into the act with a great German vs. Soviet all tank battle the Monday after Tanksgiving. Tanks, I mean Thanks to everyone who came out and took part! There are challenges for the upcoming year. We need to consider gaming not only as a hobby, but also as an outreach to bring folks together around the game table. It is a great vehicle for learning about art, strategy, history, and leadership. We need to continue to bring in new gamers from folks we meet and know. I would like to see a stronger community outreach to bring more families into our group. If young people are sitting around a game table, they are much less likely to be out getting into trouble. We need to encourage new gamers and young gamers to take the lead in putting on games and events. This is a great chance for them to learn networking and planning skills that they can use anywhere. We need to support as many gaming events as we can, and let the local merchants and the association know what types of events that we want to see run at our stores and venues. This is a hobby and like any other endeavor will reward us as we put effort into making it happen. This has been a tough year economically for all of us including our local vendors. These wonderful gaming places we enjoy depend on our patronage to remain available to us. As you come to the end of the year, remember to buy local as much as you can. As has been seen from the press from Augusta Book Exchange and Arsenal Games and Hobbies, there is quite a bit in the way of gaming material that our local merchants can get for us. Give them a chance first before you click that online order button! As a leading voice in the CSRA gaming community, I am grateful and excited about where this group has come from and where it is going. Merry Christmas and Good Gaming!
Store Addresses Arsenal Games and Hobbies Belair @ Oakley Plaza, 198 South Belair Rd, Martinez, GA 30907, 706-364-2772 www.arsenal-games.com Augusta Book Exchange Gordon Highway 1650 Gordon Highway, Augusta, GA 30901 (706) 793-7796 www.comics-n-games.com/ Augusta Book Exchange Bobby Jones 592 Bobby Jones Expressway, Augusta, GA 30901 (706)860-6553 www.comics-n-games.com/ Augusta Book Exchange Fort Gordon PXtra on Ft. Gordon (706) 790-9888 www.comics-n-games.com/ Common Grounds Coffee House 1458 Jackson St, Barnwell, SC 29812-2121 (803) 259-1488 Arsenal Games Weekly Events Every Thursday, “Thursday Night Magic”, 5:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. Every Friday Evening, Star Fleet Battles 6:00 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. hosted by Zeke Carpenter-Hyland Sundays in December 1:00 P.M. to 5:30 P.M. Augusta Book Exchange Gordon Highway Weekly Events Every Monday Board Game Night Every Friday “Friday Night Magic” Every Saturday Open Gaming Every Sunday Yu Gi Oh Augusta Book Exchange Bobby Jones Exp Weekly Events Every Tuesday Family Game Night 6PM to 9PM Every Friday Open Gaming until 10PM; Kids D&D starts at 6PM Every Saturday Open Gaming until 10PM Every Sunday Open Gaming until 6PM Common Grounds Coffee House Weekly Events Monday Board Game Night 5PM to 8:30PM Friday Miniatures Game Night 5PM to 9PM December 4th, 2010 Rob’s Gaming Group Bi Weekly Games Day 11AM to 7PM Augusta Book Exchange, Gordon Highway December 14, 2010 to February 15, 2011 Tuesdays Legends of the Old West Campaign hosted by Skyler Lott 6PM to 9PM Augusta Book Exchange, Bobby Jones Exp December 18th, 2010 CSRA Gamers Association Meeting Augusta Book Exchange, Bobby Jones Expressway
December 24, 2010 Christmas Eve Augusta Book Exchange Gordon Highway and Bobby Jones will close at 4PM. December 25, 2010 Merry Christmas! All Game Stores Closed December 31, 2010 New Years Eve Augusta Book Exchange Gordon Highway and Bobby Jones will close at 4PM. January 1, 2011 Happy New Year! All Game Stores Closed New Games Shipping in December! Dystopian Wars The proprietors of this wonderful tabletop game - SPARTAN GAMES – are, they inform me, most jubilant to announce the launch of Dystopian Wars, which is the company’s third major game to be based around its easy to master Exploding D6 rules system. The game embraces the exciting idea of Victorian Science Fiction and the established genre of Steampunk to create a visually impactful game setting, and will be packaged in the company’s now established format of a boxed Battle Group which can be easily expanded upon using blisters containing upgrade models. When Dystopian Wars is released in November 2010, FOUR great nations from this war ravaged world will be available: Kingdom of Britannia, Empire of the Blazing Sun, Prussian Empire and Federated States of America. But these are not the only nations to wage war across the oceans and lands. At the heart of the conflict is the youngest nation of Earth, the Covenant of Antarctica. Get all the details here http://www.spartangames.co.uk/dystopian_wars.html Wings of War WWI Revised Deluxe Set Fantasy Flight Games Wings of War Miniatures Revised Deluxe Set is the perfect place to start playing Wings of War, the action-packed game of aerial combat and World War I dogfights. This deluxe set includes complete rules for Wings of War, a full set of player boards, maneuver and damage decks, tokens, and four beautifully-painted and historically-accurate miniatures, based on four major planes from WWI: the Fokker DR I, Albatros D.Va, Sopwith Camel, and Spad XIII. This is the perfect starter set for new players of Wings of War. For veteran players interested in the Wings of War Miniatures Revised Deluxe Set, this set includes convenient, comprehensive rules, including rules from the expansion sets, and the planes feature four new color schemes never-before-introduced to Wings of War. January 8 This is the deadline to register to run games at Siege of Augusta, and the deadline for vendor registration. PASS THE WORD!!!! January 21-23 Siege of Augusta, Double Tree Hotel, Augusta GA Our own regional convention! Make plans now to attend all three days! Featuring video, card, board, and of course Miniature games. Website: www.siegeogaugusta.com Also find us on Facebook! We are taking preregistrations now! Send ideas and articles to firstname.lastname@example.org We are always looking for artwork, articles, and event ideas!
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