I recently attended the Dallas Games Marathon this past weekend. The marathon runs from Friday to Sunday, although I only attended Saturday. It takes place monthly in Dallas at a storefront location that looks like it was converted from a dance studio.
The day I attended was fun. Although I only knew one person there, I met several very nice people and played several different games. Towards the end of the day I participated in a Thunderstone tournament in which I placed fifth. My one issue was that in lacking anyone I knew, I didn’t have a good manner in which to go find food and not being from the area, I didn’t want to simply wander around. Luckily I had brought some snacks for myself, and there were some treats for sale cheaply at registration.
The game selection at DGM is more than adequate with their own library plus the boxes of games actual attendees bring. The space is enough to run many board games. I kept likening the entire thing to attending a scaled down board game geek con.
Overall it made me wonder why such a thing hasn’t popped up in other cities prior. A group forming to rent out a commercial space for the use of gaming on a regular basis. I’m sure it is somewhat expensive depending on the rental prices but it seems like forming a gaming guild and renting a space for local games to come and play, for a modest fee that helps cover cost, would be an incredibly useful service. A once a month marathon or so, and then space that could be rented out for groups who want a non-living room space to do stuff in on a regular basis. I wonder how feasible of an idea this is somewhere other than in Dallas.