Friday Update – 12th May

Every week, the club’s committee meets to discuss what has been going on at the club, and how to improve things. And every week, after that meeting, an update is posted, sharing the latest news with all of the club’s members, keeping them appraised of developments and in-the-loop regarding upcoming events!

Without further ado, let us launch into what’s new this week!

Magic league

We have decided to go ahead with the running of a Magic: The Gathering league. This is a fantastic opportunity to get into Magic or learn how to make a deck if you haven’t done either of those things yet. If you’re a veteran magic player, it’s an amazing opportunity to show off your skills and maybe help a new player or two along the way!

This league is going to start on the 5th of June and will run for four weeks. It will feature really great prizes. Possibly the best value-for-money event we’ve ever done. Look out for the upcoming blog post about it!

Return of the Sign-In Sheet

You’ll all be happy to hear that we’ve (finally) sorted out the sign-in sheet, and it should be available for your ticking pleasure on Monday. We added a few new names to it, too, so you might find you don’t have to write your name on it anymore!

On that note, we’re now properly keeping track of IoUs, so it is vitally important that you know how to mark yourself as taking or paying back an IoU. If you are taking an IoU, you must circle the section that says “IoU“. If you wish to pay back an IoU, you put however much money you are paying back into the IoU pot (which is the unmarked purple money pot, soon to have a distinguishing marking on it) and then you must mark “Paid <number> IoUs” in the notes section on the right hand side of the sheet.

IF YOU DO NOT MARK IoUS AS PAID THEN THEY WILL NOT BE REMOVED FROM YOUR RECORD AND THEY WILL BE CONSIDERED AS A DONATION TO THE CLUB!

Tuck shop survey

Thank you to everyone who has responded to the survey regarding the tuck shop so far. This survey is still open to responses, so if you haven’t shared your opinion yet, it would be very helpful if you could complete the tuck shop survey!

The results so far have been helpful and like I noted in my previous post, we have already responded to the requests. However, I wanted to address some points raised by some of you:

  • Some people suggested that the tuck shop serve alcoholic beverages. This is never, ever going to happen. Not only because we don’t want to, but also because alcohol is completely banned on the premises.
  • There were a few suggestions for things like sandwiches, fruit, meat, and things along those lines. We don’t want to stock any items in the tuck shop which are likely to quickly go off. The tuck shop makes us a small amount money compared to the effort required already and mainly exists as a convenience, but the addition of perishable goods would likely make it run at a loss, so it’s not something we’re going to do at this time.
  • There were also a few suggestions to run the tuck shop on a trust basis. Some of our older members will remember that it once was like that. We had to change it to require a committee member to run it because a significant amount of goods and money were being stolen from it. We don’t have the manpower to monitor the tuck shop all night long, so we came to a compromise. Again, we are not willing to return to this system as it would likely make the tuck shop run at a loss

Thank you for your feedback so far, it has been invaluable.

Final Fantasy TCG draft

Everything is falling into place for the Final Fantasy draft on the 24th of May. We’ve set the date and the location and we’ve bought the cards. We’re now going to set-up the event on Facebook and get some numbers, and hopefully get some sign-ups in advance. Keep an eye out for the dedicated post for this event, coming soon.

If you’d like to take part, please get in touch and let us know so we can reserve you a spot. There are only 8 spaces available and it’s possible that they will go fast, so please get in touch!

Meeting minutes coming soon

Apologies to anyone who is looking for the minutes for the last three meetings we have had. The new secretary (Mathew Shaw) is just getting to grips with his new duties. The minutes of the past three meetings will be going up in one blog post very shortly. The Friday update blog posts can essentially serve as more ‘user-friendly’ minutes until then. Apologies for the inconvenience.

Notice board update & committee poster

Some of the more perceptive among you may have noticed we have dramatically updated the club’s notice board with the latest news. More importantly, we have installed a poster identifying all of the Committee members and pointing out who to speak to if you have any questions!

It’s not likely anyone reading this would need that poster, but it’s helpful for new members who don’t really know anyone yet.

Additionally, we’re planning on getting committee name badges very soon.

Publicity

We have begun reaching out to local schools, the University, the College and youth groups to spread the word of the club. We’ve had some promising interest so far, and we’re planning on presenting the club at extra-curricular fayres and freshers fayre this year to try and get the word out and get some more interest in our club.

Hopefully, this means that we’ll see more new members showing up to play games with us!

New useful blog links

A couple of helpful links have been added to the blog. One of these is a list of Facebook groups used by the club to discuss and organise games. The other is a link to all of the official documents that the club has, such as the rules, the code of conduct, the constitution, etc.

Both of these links are beneath the About heading, if you click on the little arrow.

Signing off

That’s us for today. Stay tuned as I’m expecting there to be a flurry of blog posts shortly about all the various events we’re planning!

And remember, if evil without end is going to descend upon the works of man, only your gaming tomes hold the answers on how to stop it. Don’t believe anyone who says otherwise!

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Alastair Campbell

Alastair is the gaming club's chairman, and also manages and runs the D&D Adventurer's League program, hosting three groups of players every two weeks. He is a self-proclaimed expert in D&D 5th Edition. In his spare time, he plays more D&D.

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