Moved, But Not Deterred At Day One Of Auckland’s Board Games Event

The first day of Auckland’s board gaming event, Board Games by the Bay, didn’t quite go as smoothly as anticipated — but it was still a day of gaming, conversation and good times.

A booking mix-up meant our venue was double-booked… and we were out on the streets. Salvation was just 100 meters away: a church hall we hastily co-opted! We’ll be back in our original venue tomorrow.

Over 75 people came by to enjoy good company and a fun, friendly gaming environment. It’s a welcoming way to introduce friends and family members to modern board games; or to see if it’s something you’d like to try.

Event organiser David Taylor said, “There were lots of prizes given away from Pixelpark, Dr Wood, Treefrog Games, SchilMil Games, and others. Lots more prizes to give away tomorrow.”

In addition to those sponsors, thanks to St Heliers Presbyterian Church for accommodating us at such short notice, and thanks to all attendees for their patience and flexibility.

[box]We’ll be back gaming today, Sunday 22 July, from 9am to 6pm at Tamaki Ex-Services Association Hall, cnr Turua Street and Polygon Road, St Heliers, Auckland.

All welcome, $10 at the door.[/box]

Board Games by the Bay is New Zealand’s fastest-growing group of gaming meet-ups. There are upcoming board game events in Tauranga and Hamilton. More information about Board Games by the Bay is available here.


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  1. Mark Burrows on July 22, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Thanks for a great day on Saturday. There seemed to be a really good turn out. (Shame I couldn’t get the Sunday off work!!). Really enjoyed playing some new games with different people. Good luck for Sunday, hopefully back in the usual venue!

    • David on July 23, 2012 at 9:17 am

      Thanks for the feedback, Mark, and we’re so glad you were able to make it!

      Sunday went really well – we’ve now outgrown our original venue which is a wonderful problem to have, so next year we’ll be bigger and better!

      We’re officially in recovery mode at the moment, but will be raring to go by the time the Tauranga event arrives (with more prize support, Going Cardboard on the big screen, and a heap more gaming)!

  2. Dan Nickoley on July 22, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Well done adapting to a challenging situation. Full credit! The new venue was great, and everyone really enjoyed themselves.

    I’ve written up a geek list of my experience. Enjoy 🙂

    • David on July 23, 2012 at 9:23 am

      Hi Dan! Thanks for your feedback! We had a great time, too – despite the whole sickness thing – and we’re really looking forward to seeing these events contue to grow.

      We hope to see you at the next one! 🙂