Bored with your board games? Maybe it’s time to switch up your gaming crew! The Kansas City Board Games and Stuff Meetup group may be just what you’re looking for.
What is the name of your group?
Kansas City Board Games and Stuff
What is your name and what is your role in the group?
Patrick Ballou, Organizer
How would you describe your group?
Looking for some board gaming goodness, a group to hit the newest superhero or Kaiju flick with, or a pub quiz team? This is the group for you! We have a lot of regular activities centered in the center of KC and the Overland Park areas, but we want to expand into Independence and North KC. We’ve expanded to include a lot more activities than board gaming alone! Some examples: First Friday Art Crawl, Blue Man Group, Cirque Du Soleil, and Worlds of Fun.
When was the group founded?
June 16, 2009
How long have you been a member, and what made you want to join the group?
January 23, 2014 and I took over the group on April 3, 2014. I initially joined so I could play more board games and meet others with similar interests. I then took over the group due to the previous organizer stepping down and my interest in expanding the group membership and activities. I’ve met some fantastic folks in my time in the group and I’d love to bring more people into this welcoming community we have created.
How big is the group?
We have over 2,500 members.
How often do you meet?
We have meetups at various times throughout the month. The event that I most regularly attend is the Thursday night meetup.
Where do you meet?
We meet all over town, but the Thursday night meetup is at Paul and Jack’s. Tasty food and drinks and they treat us well.
What do you do at meetings/events?
We play an ever changing selection of games, catch up with one another, and plan other activities for the group!
What do you love about the group?
The people. They are welcoming and happy to share their gaming passion with others!
Tell us about a particularly memorable moment in the group.
Looking at the membership at the end of the first year after I took over the group was very exciting! We had 607 members when I started and just one year later we were at 1,417. In that time, I had also added a lot of wonderful people to my own personal friend circle from the group that I don’t think I could do without!
What future plans lay ahead for the group?
We hope to expand to new locations and include more types of events. I’d love to have more events for parents and people into word games as well as more standard American style games.
Where can someone find more information about your group?
Anything else you’d like to share?
We are always happy to have new members, new games to learn, and new events! When someone joins the group, I hope they have a warm welcome and want to come back again soon. We are a very diverse group with varied opinions, lifestyle, hopes, and dreams. Games link us together and through playing together, hopefully we can better understand not just our differences, but our sameness.