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The League of Extraordinary Gamers (LXG) is an incorporated association, established in Brisbane in April 2004. The founders of the association have over 20 years of experience in running similar clubs and organising special events such as conventions, tournaments and in-store game demonstrations. LXG was set up specifically to create a more family-friendly association, whereas previous Brisbane games clubs were more focussed on gamers 15+ only. The goals of the new association, written into its constitution, were:
-to establish a club venue for persons interested in all aspects of tabletop and electronic gaming
-to promote those gaming interests to the wider community, particularly the educational and social values of playing board games with friends and family
The games played at LXG are diverse and include familiar classics, such as Chess, Scrabble and Monopoly, through to relatively new innovations, such as miniature battle games, role-playing, eurogames, collectible card games and computer games.
As well as running a monthly all-day games day at our current venue (Cavendish Road State High School Assembly Hall) LXG runs internal tournaments in different games for its members and two major annual events open to anyone – Legends of Winter (held in August) and Legends of Summer (held in February). In addition, LXG runs an annual gaming ‘holiday’ called Winter Retreat, where gamers of Brisbane relax playing games over a long weekend at a country recreational camp.
In 2007 LXG won a grant to establish a games library valued at over $16,000. We now have the largest games resource in Australia that members can borrow from.
The LXG web-site and forum can be viewed at: http://au.geocities.com/qldlegs/
The purpose of this email is that we have been speaking to a number of games distributors about how we could assist in promoting tabletop games across Australia and we are very interested in helping to create a number of LXG clubs across Australia to progress this. We are therefore looking for individuals who would be interested in forming an LXG in their own state capital. We are more than happy to assist with ongoing advice on setting up your club, establishing your club as as an incorporated association, applying for grants to build a games libray and providing templates for stationery, posters and flyers.
So, if you are interested in setting up a family-friendly club devoted to games, contact me and we can help get the ball rolling.
The Hobart Games (of) Societ (HoGS) is an as yet not registered association established in Hobart in 2004.The founders of the group have over 20 years gaming experience but little experience building clubs, organising special events such as conventions, tournaments and in-store game demonstrations. HoGS was set up specifically to create a more family-friendly association whereas existing Hobart games groups were focussed on teenagers.
HoGS runs two monthly games nights, and has tried with poor success to organise an annual winter games retreat.
HoGS has struggled with numbers. Attendance at games nights varies from an all time low of two to an all time high around 20 averaging between 6 and 16 at most events. 100 or more people have been involved, but commitment is diverse and ranges from a core group or reliable gamers who make up the half dozen at ever night, through those who come ever other time or once ever few months to once or twice per annum.
Many of the more causal visitors play games at home and/or in their own groups outside of HoGS nights mainly because of children and families (i.e. they stay at home and invite friends over rather than come out). We see HoGS therefore as an open community in which people get to now one another and discover and share games which they take to these satellite events and into their general lives.
In 2009 we have maintained thus far reliable enough attendance and are for the first time requesting a gold coin donation with each visit, that we are discussing registering as an association (again) with the specific intent of attracting grant money for a games library and gaming resources (venue, tables etc). In 2005 we applied for grant money under the umbrella of the University Sports Association but were unsuccessful (annually taxes from poker machines are distributes to social groups that compete with them in Tasmania). We were significantly disadvantaged at the time by lack of demonstrable numbers and registration.
Hobart has a considerably smaller population to draw on than Brisbane (all the more so when the greater metropolitan areas are considered), so I would love to get a picture of numbers that LXG manages to draw.
I would alos be eager to see the LGX constitution as a pro forma for us (called the Rules of the Association here).
We have also found local games stores not wildly supportive. Willing to post flyers and distribute cards, but not advertise events that compete with their Warhammer agenda for example.
And in general it would be great to be in touch. One of our more ardent members is from Brisbane (heck I grew up there too) and knows Brisbane gamers quite possible who are involved with LXG, I shall ask.