Building a Gaming Community
Updated: Oct 12, 2018
You and your best friend buy into a game. You both love the game, play it over and over, but you wish you could get games in with other people too so you can add variety to the game play. You would even love to have the options for playing in campaigns or leagues. What you need to do is build a gaming community.
Building a gaming community is one of the best ways to not only have a blast with the game that you love, but to also build friendships. The great thing is that you only need a few things to get your gaming community built.
The first thing you want to do is find a game store that has a game room and a free night to host your gaming community. When you find a place, ask the store if you are allowed to post flyers in their game room about your designated game night, the game details, and the time. Even create a Facebook Group and you can keep in touch with your gaming community throughout the week.
Next you need to make sure you are there on your designated game nights. If you have some friends helping you start the gaming community try to get them to show up each week as well. When other people start to see that there are always people playing the game you love they will realize that if they get into that game they know they can find someone to play with. There is nothing more discouraging for a gamer when they pack up their game, head to the game night, and no one is there.
Another thing you want to do is to become a cheerleader for the game. Talk the game up to people. Express your passion for the game to not only your fellow gamers but to other gamers that stop by to see what you are playing. Positivity is contagious. When gaming communities lose their cheerleaders they start to dwindle. Get others excited and try to keep them excited. If they had a bad experience with a game, give them reasons why the next game won’t be a bad experience.
This brings me to another important point. Be friendly, especially to new players. Focus on teaching new players the game and don’t focus on beating them in the game. Discuss the game, give them tips, and even allow them to win. Having a rude person showing someone a game can instantly turn that person off from a game. A rude person in a gaming community can disrupt the community rather quickly and stunt its growth.
With these simple tips, a game store, some time, and enthusiasm, you can start to build a gaming community for the game that you love. You will be able to gets lots of gaming in and you will build friendships that will last a lifetime.