Ever get the feeling your particular game community is dead or dying? Is it hard to find others to game against or difficult to find people to play a specific scenario or campaign? We here at Military Gamer Supply want to help you meet up with others that play your way because we know that all of our communities have gamers in them, they just need help meeting up sometimes.
We know what the sales numbers look like and who is playing what, so we’ve set up a few different ways for you to find others so you don’t feel like ‘no one ever plays X’ ever again. We also want you to know that we’ll use our powers for good and help you get your community to bounce back in case it falls into a rut. Sometimes all it takes is spreading the good word that people want to get in a game or two and suddenly we achieve our store’s number one proverb and mantra, “activity begets activity.”
We know we’ve pushed Discord before and there’s a big reason for that. It’s like a massive group text that you can customize how you get notified. Imagine that your favorite texting app and TeamSpeak 3 had a baby. It’s okay, I’ll let you hang on to that oddly erotic moment for a bit. You good? Great. In Discord you can have it your way (please don’t use it as a sexting app for the community, srsly). You can use it for texting or for voice chat or why not both? It’s great for reaching out to an entire game platform because you can use what Discord calls mentions.
Mentions are a great way to customize your request and reach all the right people to set up a gaming night for you and your friends.
By using the @role, where role is replaced by a specific usergroup, you can message all your potential opponents in @malifaux or @warhammer_40K. We can even go more specific than that and set up @warhammer_40K_casual or @warhammer_40K_competitive to help cater to your wants and desires for a game or three.
Discord is also in real time and it doesn’t hide messages unless you set it up that way so you have less chances of missing an impromptu, wholesale evening of slaughter.
You can get to our Discord server by visiting our Discord page under the Services tab or by clickity clicking on this here URL:
2. Facebook Group(s)
One of the most used methods we’ve seen around the community is to join up with the various gaming groups on Facebook. There are way too many to list all of them, which is why we prefer Discord since all of our communities are right there and if you’re like most of us, you game across multiple platforms. Still, the specific Facebook groups out there can be very helpful to get advice and buy/sell models or cards you don’t use anymore. For our own, Military Gamer Network, we do allow sales posts, but we just ask that you coordinate with us first so we can make sure people aren’t getting scammed and heck, we might want to buy it from you right then and there, too.
The great thing about some of the other Facebook Groups is that if you just want to stay close to home and game at another store we don’t have to have that awkward moment about people posting about other stores on our Group. We’d love to be the sole destination for gaming in your lives, but let’s face it, we understand.
Most people hang out on Facebook because it’s the place where most people believe most other people live. Ultimately, not everyone is on Facebook, so we try to make sure people have access to other methods for gathering information about us and community activities. Another benefit of being on Facebook is that you can reply to others and let them know where and when you’ll be set up for a game. We do have other avenues of advertising games, but they lack that bit of interaction (we’re working on it, we promise!), which is why Facebook Groups come in at number two on our recommendation list.
Check out our Facebook Group at: http://www.Facebook.com/groups/militarygamernetwork
For more general gaming across the city check out El Paso Wargames and RPGs at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1450889591857327.
If you’re on Fort Bliss you can also check out our location on post at:
3. Facebook Events
Our Facebook Page, Military Gamer Supply, has events that are set up specifically for tournaments and regular game nights. The nice thing about the Facebook Events are that they can send you reminders and should pop up on your phone as a ‘nearby event’ if you’re looking for something to do. We rate them behind the Groups because we hope that people are regularly paying attention and these are a little less negotiable on time since they’re already scheduled.
These are, however, the best way for you to increase your chances of finding likeminded folks ready to throw down with you. The problem we encounter is that Facebook doesn’t play fair when it comes to listing events and serving them up to people on their timelines. If you go hunt them down from our Facebook Page, though, they’re ready for your brain to ingest all the goodness and allow you to plan out your life accordingly to make sure you find people to play with and against.
4. Website/Google Calendar/Newsletter
Most of our other social media pages and platforms feed to and from our website and integrate with our Google Calendar and Newsletter. Like Facebook Events, they are generally static posts, but we’re working on pulling comments into the website to make it more interactive allowing you to RSVP or ask for more information and to get a sense of how many people are showing up.
Check out our Events Calendar, which is an embedded Google Calendar, that you can add to your own Gmail or Android Phone account (heck, you can even add it to your iPhone if you have a calendar app) to get notifications for events and include directions to the store that will even pull up traffic reports and let you know when you need to leave to make it on time (the future is now!).
Want to get something going on the regular? Let us know and we’ll make sure we add it so others can find out about the gaming night you want to get going.
Our periodic SITREP (Situation Report) or Newsletter draws from articles on our Website and events on our Calendar, so make sure you sign up HERE to receive our latest news and stay in the loop.
5. Just Show Up
Nothing beats just showing up during our peak hours and letting it be known that you’re taking all challengers. We typically see most of our tables filled with games going on ranging from Dungeons and Dragons to Warhammer 40K, Magic: The Gathering, random Board Games and just about anything else you can think of. The best part? We’re willing to put out more tables and everyone knows we’ve got the space to make it happen.
You guys make everything happen. If you ever want to pump some life into your favorite gaming community, please let us know and we’ll figure out how to support you. We do have leagues, tournaments, events and regular nights for all sorts of games. You guys make this whole thing happen, so we want to do everything we can to make sure you have plenty of team members and opponents to help you game your way.