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RochGamers attended WBC in 2017

By Mark Gartland

Chris Crane won 1st place in Empire of the Sun.

James Fardette won 4th place in Circus Maximus.

James Morrell won 1st place in Command & Colors: Napoleonics.

Bill ONeal won 1st place in Command and Colors: Ancients.

Bill Peeck won 6th place in For the People.

Chris Thibault won 2nd place in Command & Colors: Napoleonics. He also won 3rd place in Empire of the Sun.

Jeff Yerden won 5th place in Ivanhoe.

(Updated )

RochGamers attended WBC in 2016

By Mark Gartland

In early August, several RochGamers once again attended the World Boardgaming Championship—now held in Seven Springs Mountain Resort near Pittsburgh, PA.

Jeff Heidman took 1st place in Virgin Queen 2nd place in Here I Stand.

Jack Morrell once again won 1st place in Command & Colors: Napoleonics. He also won 2nd place in Battlecry and 3rd place in Command & Colors: Ancients.

Bill ONeal took 1st place in Command and Colors: Ancients and 5th place in Pay Dirt.

Bill Peeck won 1st place in Washington's War, 5th place in Wilderness War, and did very well in the 18xx tournament.

Derek Pulhamus won 3rd in Combat Commander: Europe.

Mark Sciera took 5th place in Wooden Ships and Iron Men.

RochGamers attended WBC in 2015

By Mark Gartland

In early August, several RochGamers made their annual trek to the World Boardgaming Championship in Lancaster PA.

Here is what we know (so far) about outcomes of the competative games: Jack Morrell won 1st place in Command & Colors: Napoleonics. Congratulations, Jack.

Change of Date for March 2015 Meeting

By Mark Gartland

The March 2015 meeting will be pushed out to the 4th Saturday of March—the 28th. Please note this change. Millennium Games and Hobbies is hosting a big event on March 21 and the Rochgamers do not wish to get in their way.

RochGamers mentioned in the Rochester City Newspaper

By Mark Gartland

Last December, our meeting was visited by Adam Lubitow and Matt Deturck of the City Newspaper. They mentioned us in an article, which is now on their web site.

Change of Date for January 2015 Meeting

By Mark Gartland

The January 2015 meeting has been pushed out to the 4th Saturday of January—the 24th. Please note this one-time divergence from our normal schedule. Millennium Games and Hobbies is hosting a big event on January 17 and the Rochgamers do not wish to get in their way.

Bill Peeck has updated the 2015 Rochester Board Gamers flier. If you are working from an old one, please download this update.

Change of Venue for September 2014

By Mark Gartland

September's meeting will be located at the Hidden Valley Homeowner's Association Clubhouse, located at 199 Hidden Valley Rd, Rochester, NY.

The time will be 10 AM to 9 PM. The cost will be $5.00 US per person, payable to Stephen Cuyler or Bill Peeck. Bill emailed details of this one-time-for-September-only change to all members of the RochGamer's Yahoo group on August 12. Please refer to that email for further details.

RochGamers attended WBC in 2014

By Mark Gartland

In early August, several RochGamers made their annual trek to the World Boardgaming Championship in Lancaster PA.

Here is what we know (so far) about outcomes of the competative games.

Jeff Burdett Labyrinth (Victory!)
Stephen Cuyler
Grant Ladue Wilderness War (Victory!)
Frank Mestre
Carl Moon
Jack Morrell Command & Colors: Ancients (5th place), Command & Colors: Napoleonics (2nd place)
Bill Peeck Santa Fe Rails (2nd place), Enemy in Sight (2nd place), Washington's War (6th place),
Wilderness War (4th place), Enemy in Sight (2nd place), Santa Fe Rails (2nd place)
Deric Pulhaumaus
Bill O'Neal Command & Colors: Ancients (2nd place), Command & Colors: Napoleonics (3-4th? place)
Rob Winslow Santa Fe Rails (3rd place)

Change of Venue for September 2013

By Mark Gartland

September's meeting will be located at the Hidden Valley Homeowner's Association Clubhouse, located at 199 Hidden Valley Rd, Rochester, NY.

The time will be 10 AM to 9 PM. The cost will be $5.00 US per person, payable to Stephen Cuyler or Bill Peeck. Stephen emailed details of this one-time-for-September-only change to all members of the RochGamer's Yahoo group on July 10. Please refer to that email for further details.

RochGamers attended WBC in 2013

By Mark Gartland

In early August, the following RochGamers attended the World Boardgaming Championship in Lancaster PA. Here is who attended and what tournaments they competed in.

This list is incomplete and may contain errors. If you can offer any corrections, please email them to mark_d_gartland@yahoo.com

Seth Bell El Grande, Galaxy Trucker, Liar's Dice (Final round)
Jeff Burdett Here I Stand, Virgin Queen, Andean Abyss (Third place), Labyrinth
Mike Cardwell (no tournaments)
Stephen Cuyler Command & Colors: Ancients, Santa Fe Rails, Ra the dice game, Wars of the Roses (2nd place finish), Naval War
Mark Gartland Formula Motor Racing, Galaxy Trucker
Jeff Heidman
Dallas Hoag Command & Colors: Ancients
Hayden Hoag Igloo Pop (Victory!)
Renee Hoag Liar's Dice (2nd round)
Kevin Jackell
Grant Ladue Ace of Aces
Frank Mestre Warparty (Victory!), Enemy in Sight, Circus Maximus, Formula Motor Racing
Jack Morrell Formula Motor Racing, Command & Colors: Ancients (Second round), Command & Colors: Napoleonics (Second round), Overthrough Memoir '44, Memoir '44 (Third round)
Bill Peeck Santa Fe Rails (semi finals), 1830, 1856, Union Pacific, Empire Builder, Naval War, Enemy in Sight, Twilight Struggle, Here I Stand, Washington's War
Deric Pulhaumaus
Bill O'Neal Command & Colors: Ancients (Victory!), Paydirt, White Star Rising
Josh Ostrander Formula Motor Racing, Galaxy Trucker, Dominion, Last Will, Liar's Dice
Chris Rericha Galaxy Trucker, Circus Maximus
Mark Setara 1830, Empire Builder
Rob Winslow

RBS plans to outlive the mayan calendar

By Mark Gartland

Bill Peeck has posted a new RBS Flyer with twelve meetings planned for 2013. All meetings are planned for the third Saturday of each month. (No surprises there.) Bill plans to attend each meeting, in complete disregard for the wishes of the ancient Mayans.

RBS celebrates its 10th anniversary

By Mark Gartland, with thanks to Bill Peeck, Jack Morrell, and Bob Titran for their informative after-action reports.

The August meeting of the Rochester Board Gaming Society had 50 people in attendance, celebrating the group's 10-year anniversary. Bill Peeck and Stephen Cuyler brought celebratory sandwiches and drinks. Many games were played, and fun was had.

The meeting drew gamers from all over western NY. At least 5 gamers came from Buffalo. Another 4 came from as far as Syracuse. This is fairly normal for our meetings. People bring the fun from all over.

Millennium Games & Hobbies hosted us as they have for the past 10 years. (Thank you Travis!) Millennium's move to its new location is complete. August marks the second month when we have been able to enjoy the clean, well–decorated atmosphere of the new facility. And, may I say, it looks fine.

Millennium changes hands

by Mark Gartland

On Friday, Feb 19 of this year, Ed Fear sold Millennium Games & Hobbies to Knight Life Enterprises, a privately held corporation wholly owned by Travis Severance and Robert Harrington. Travis plans a lot of changes for the store, and the RochGamers have seen some of these changes take place over the last couple of months.

Travis and Robert run two separate retail stores that share brick and mortar space in Henrietta Townline Plaza and share cyberspace at http://www.cyberstormgaming.com. Travis runs Millennium Games & Hobbies, which has been in business for a good number of years. Next door, Robert runs the brand new Cyberstorm, which provides a location for computer gamers to meet and play group-oriented computer games. Cyberstorm is located in the 6300 square feet of retail space that was formerly a Dollar General. This space has been vacant for the last few years, and the RochGamers were often allowed to hold our monthly meetings there. That had to stop while Robert was doing his renovations, and our meetings were moved back into Millennium's 9600 square feet of space during that time.

I asked Travis about his plans for Millennium. He plans to move his store next door into the newly renovated space and share it with Cyberstorm. He said that Cyberstorm's business model requires only a fraction of the space it occupies. Millennium can likewise make do with less space if its stock were displayed more efficiently. To help make this relocation possible, he is moving one of the walls that separates the two spaces. This will enlarge the new space to 8400 square feet.

When the RochGamers met in May, we witnessed evidence of the wall being moved. We also got a chance to hold our meeting in Cyberstorm. Robert allowed us to play in the half of the store that Millennium is going to occupy. Robert's half is already fully decorated, and I found it to be stylish and modern. The Millennium half is still being renovated, but I anticipate that it will look great.

I asked Travis, "What do you foresee for the future of RochGamer's monthly meetings in Millennium?"

Growth of numbers, hopefully. I think board games are one of the fastest growing hobbies out there. The [Boomer Generation] was full of collectors. They liked to collect stamps, coins, baseball cards etc. The generation coming up is more about experiences. They want to get out and try something that they haven't ever done before. Well, if you look at a new board game it is exactly that, a brand new experience. While every experience isn't your favorite, at least you can say you tried it. I may like to hang glide but I would never want to go BASE jumping. The new space will be much cleaner and player friendly. We are in the process of getting the space finished as well as adding in some extras to make the environment more inviting. The new space will be very different from what people are used to with Millennium. Rob worked in the construction field for several years before opening Cyberstorm. His work is very eye appealing and practical. My hope is to continue to have RBS be a large part of our gaming community. I enjoy the weekends when they are here because they all have a ton of passion for what they are playing. I can understand and respect that and sometimes need to see it in action. When your hobby becomes your way of living it's easy to forget sometimes how much fun this industry is. Sometimes I have to sit down and play a game or two. I feel very fortunate to be able to have that with the business that I am in. Not be tacky, but it truly is what I have wanted to do for the better part of my life.

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