The one thing many gamers share with each other is dealing with the struggle of getting a gaming group together. Filling a 4-6 player game isn’t always a walk in the park. What if there were a group of like-minded people who always found places to meet up, week to week, to play all sorts of games? [toggle Gaming] organizes events that are built around bringing people together to share their love for tabletop gaming. Our flagship event, Tabletop Tuesday, brings 90-120 gamers together each week.
This whole thing started in 2013 because Kevin had a hard time getting people to play games with him. He had recently gotten Andrew into the hobby, but they were both looking to play more often, and it was difficult to plan nights to fill a table. Eventually, Kevin decided to start going to a public place where he and his friends could relax, have a couple drinks, and play some games each week. After a few weeks of planning and notifying friends and coworkers, he and Andrew packed up some games and went to the first Tabletop Tuesday.
July 16th, 2013 marked the first-ever Tabletop Tuesday. Kevin and Andrew were surprised and delighted that a dozen or more people had come out to join the games. What happened in the following weeks was not expected: the friends and coworkers who came began to tell their friends, who told their friends, who told their friends, and so on. New faces began to arrive, old faces returned, and people at the bar began noticing when Kevin and Andrew unloaded their games. Some were gamers, others were just interested, but all were invited to join. Those who did told their friends too.
Attendance grew at an exciting rate. Tabletop Tuesday was bringing in upwards of 50 gamers each week within a year. Word continued to travel via Meetup and Facebook, and we continued to grow.
The founders of [tG], Kevin and Andrew, believe that the tabletop gaming should be shared with as many people as possible. Their personal collection of over 300 games formed the basis of the [toggle Gaming] library, which has continued to grow via donations from generous game companies and from the community itself. In keeping with our founding vision, our events remain completely free.
The trouble used to be getting enough people together to play a single game, now the only trouble is trying to figure out what to play next!