some "modern" boardgaming in the Balto-to-NoVa metro area
[ now with added areas of Virginia and Pennsylvania ]
Usual Full Disclosure and OPT-OUT Directions
The writer maintains a list of email addresses that reach
over 300 people who play 'sociable strategy' games (also
called 'German-style', or 'Euro-', or 'designer', or 'modern'
boardgames) in the Balto-DC-NoVa metro megalopolis. To
minimize spamming, the list is used only in bcc, and only to
announce upcoming gaming get-togethers (definite, or being
planned). If you want an address added to the list, send an
email from that address to salvatore_b@...
saying "add me" (but of course remove the spam foiler). If
you are receiving more copies of such messages than you would
like to, please inform the writer (at the same address) about
email addresses that you would like to get removed from the list.
Table of Contents
Top o' the News
Upcoming Special Events
(Wargaming) Call to Arms
NoVa sociable strategy gaming
Maryland-suburbs-of DC sociable strategy gaming
Top o' the News:
Don't forget to schedule a FedGovPlayDay (Monday, Oct.9)
or a FifthDay (Sunday, Oct.29 or Monday, Oct.30) event!
i'm updating this push too often -- from now on, if you send in a
correction, don't expect to see it before the next month's issue.
New listing: miniatures group every other Friday night in
Beltsville -- see the MD non-GCoM section.
New special event, #6.5, "The Wake" -- October 28.
Annapolis session now on second rather than third Saturdays.
Please note, right after the Special Events section, a
"call to arms" for local wargamers (one listing added)
and two sessions for longer non-combat boardgames.
Dawn Patrol is moving from Germantown (MD) to Falls Church
(NoVa), but continuing on Sundays, probably 1pm--6pm; get
in touch with salvatore_b@...
course remove the spam foiler) for contact info.
In the Special Events section, there's info
on The Wake; on WAM V; on TerpCon (updated); and more.
Upcoming Special Events
FedGovPlayDay, Oct.9: Bring a copy of Power Grid, Attika,
Puerto Rico, Caylus, Antiquity, Thurn Und Taxis, Ticket
to Ride (Maerklin or Europe), or whatever to Other Realms
in Gaithersburg (directions further along) on Monday, Oct.9!
from 10am until 8pm.
8th Annual day of open gaming at the Center for Naval Analyses,
off Seminary Road (firstname.lastname@example.org
), October 28.
There are usually as many as 30 gamers, playing wargames, Euro-
games, miniatures, etc. There's no charge, and you come and go
as you please. Doors open at 9:00am, and usually close around
10pm, but gaming will move to NoVa Comics and continue there
until well after midnight.
Fifth-weekend gaming at Other Realms in Gaithersburg on Sunday,
Oct.29 from 10am to 10pm, and at Borders in Germantown on
Monday, Oct.30 from 6pm to 10pm.
EuroQuest 4 http://www.gamesclubofmd.org
Timonium, MD; Nov.9--12
Note: there is a separate "mini-con" for Breakout:Normandy,
"D-Day IX", being held at the same time at the same site:
TerpCon, on the College Park campus of the University of
Maryland, Saturday, November 18. For information, email
; also, games sign up webpage is
WAM V ("Winter Activation Meeting five") is Jan. 26-28,
2007 (with optional opening mulligans on Jan. 25) in Timonium,
MD. It is a convention for two-player historical "card-
driven" conflict games. Paths of Glory, Wilderness War,
and Twilight Struggle are featured tournaments. See
Enlightenment X (Age of Renaissance mini-con) is March 23-25,
2007, in Timonium, MD. See
In 2007, the annual "Games Days" offered by the Games Club
of Maryland will occur on the first weekend in May. See
A CALL TO ARMS!
I know many wargamers in the NoVa area, where i lived back when
i was primarily a wargamer, some 20 years ago, and several of
them are in the bcc for the monthly push you are currently
reading. The DC and NoVa Wargaming Meetups are not very active,
as far as i can tell, so i am offering this push as a clearing-
house and a matching venue and as a supplement for the Meetups
-- anyone who wants to start or advertise a wargaming session,
or who is looking for opponents, or who knows someone who fits
either of those descriptions, please feel free to send me the
relevant info and i will post it here. As always:
(but remove the spam foiler)
Alex Brown (alex@...
) wants to play short war-
games (2-4 hrs) on Tuesday nights. Alex lives in Takoma Park
and is willing to either host or travel.
Dawn Patrol -- will be meeting Sunday afternoons in NoVa to
play World in Flames, East Front (blocks), and other large
multi-commander wargames, especially of WW2 -- also Seven Ages.
Will definitely be looking for a recruit by the Fall of 2006,
Would like to play Axis and Allies, any day of the week;
live in Alexandria. email: j-mauger@...
-- a contact for possible gaming.
I live in Manassas, VA. I like old SPI games and monstergames.
My favs are War in Europe, War Between the States, VG Civil
War, VG Pacific War, SPI Battles for the Ardennes (but not DG
version), and SPI Battle for Stalingrad. I have ordered DG War
in the Pacific.
Gary Robinson (chuft@...
) has just moved into the area
and is looking for both wargamers and German gamers in D.C.
He lives in the Cleveland Park/Van Ness area close to a Metro
stop -- could host on weeknights, and host or travel on weekends.
bill salvatore is looking for opponents for Russia Besieged.
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Longer games that include combat but are not focused on it:
I was wondering if you could add an entry for an Advanced
Civilization group that tries to meet four times a year to
play the game in the DC Metro area. (With announcements for
other games that will generally take place during the year)
The Chess & Go Club at Lakeforest Mall
701 Russell Avenue in Gaithersburg, MD
Omar Pancoast, Club Coordinator
(301) 963-9122 / OPancoast3@...
Chess & Go players meet in the food court:
M--F 6p--9:30p; and Sat./Sun. Noon--4p(or later)
and other boardgames have been seen in play, also.
bill salvatore is looking for opponents for Russia Besieged.
regular gaming and upcoming local events,
in conjunction with the NoVa/DC/Balto Boardgamers:
all "sociable strategy" / family board and card games:
.."beyond Monopoly" games
..A House Divided, Memoir '44, Blue&Gray Quads,
Up Front, Napoleon (blocks), Tigris and Euphrates
..Ticket to Ride (U.S, Europe, Märklin)
..Settlers of Catan (& the franchise), Carcassonne (& the franchise)
..Puerto Rico, Caylus, Power Grid (several maps)
..St. Petersburg, Palazzo, Princes of Florence
..Balloon Cup, San Juan, Tichu, Lost Cities, Tikal, Alhambra, Jambo
..Einfach Genial, Octiles, Quarto, Chess, Go, Xiangqi (& Shogi?)
(Don't hesitate to ask about longer games and miniatures, also!)
Longer wargames -- advertise in the Call to Arms.
Longer boardgames -- advertise right after the Call to Arms
Miniatures -- Winchester Table Top Gamers; & there's a
first-Friday session every month in Germantown
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Card-Gaming: the area has several very active Meetups, especially
Spades, Oh Hell!, Poker, and Mah-Jongg -- ask
(but of course remove the spam
Role-Playing: the area has several very active Meetups for
Dungeons and Dragons -- for directions, ask
(but of course remove the spam
Northern Virginia section
First Saturdays at Game Parlor in Chantilly (see below)
Third Saturdays at Game Parlor in Woodbridge (see below)
Visit NoVaG.org (NOT! ".com") occasionally. They say that
they meet every Friday night at the Game Parlor in Chantilly.
The closest other thing that the sister Game Parlor in
Woodbridge has to anything that works for us "Modern
Boardgamers" is an Axis and Allies Night every Thursday at 6pm.
Washington Gamers' Association,
First Saturday of every month at 10am
Game Parlor in Chantilly, 703-803-3114, gameparlor.com
(anomalously, a GCoM event!): Chantilly
Host: Thomas McCorry. E-mail: tmccorry@...
Game Parlor, Sully Place Shopping Center, 13936 Metrotech Drive,
Chantilly, VA, 20151. Phone: (703) 803-3114.
Sessions every Tuesday from 6:00 PM to ~10:00 PM (No new games
started after store closes cash register at 10 PM).
nova comics www.novacomics.com novacomics@...
6324 Springfield Plaza Springfield, VA 22150
703-912-6682 they have gaming saturday nights,
with inexpensive refreshments and a large assortment of
"house" games for you to try out, which they are also eager
to teach. and they are very welcoming of new faces, drop-
ins, whatever -- do give these nice folks a try! Also,
gaming maybe on Sunday afternoons -- call a few days ahead.
Winchester Table Top Gamers
Meet first Friday of month at the Berryville, VA VFW
Post. Free and open to public. Boardgames,
miniatures, and card games. Check message board for
updates. Also, The Game Haven in Winchester and JCC -- i need
a member of WTTG to email me contact info for these two sites.
3rd Sat. of every month (usually even-numbered months in
the Broadwater Dr. area of Fairfax, odd-numbered months
in Franconia); please email karen@...
703-246-8989 beforehand to ask for an invitation and directions.
Many Sunday afternoons/evenings, especially during Redskins season,
in the Kingspark/Burke area; email salvatore_b@...
(remove the spam foiler) to request an invitation and directions.
The writer also knows of sites in NoVa (on Tuesdays, some
Fridays, and most Saturdays) that meet at private homes --
(remove the spam foiler)
and he will forward requests for info to the appropriate hosts.
-- Gaithersburg(20879) www.other-realms.com 301-990-0019
Other Realms (game store), 18226 Flower Hill Way
Third and fifth Sunday of every month, 10am--10pm
In conjunction with the Montgomery Gaming League
; remove the spam foiler)
This session usually has 6-8 attending. Directions:
From the Washington Beltway (495), get onto 270N, take 370E exit
Take Shady Grove Road (East) exit
At the 4th light, turn left onto MidCounty Highway
At the second light, turn right onto Woodfield Road
At the second light, turn right onto Flower Hill, then take
first right into shopping center containing Giant Food
Go left at top of T and park in lot on left
Other Realms is a few storefronts to the left of Starbucks
Boardgames "Meetup" on the second(?) Tuesday of every month
in Silver Spring at 7pm. Session on Tuesday, July 11, 2006,
will feature, among other games, team play of Wits&Wagers.
For info, message Dominic Crapuchettes, Meetup's "Organizer"
for these sessions, at
It appears that this is mostly a well-attended Trivia get-
together, but there is a regular game of Wits&Wagers.
Some social gaming clubs (co-)organized by John Goon(*):
- Takoma Park Intergenerational Strategy Games Club
Host: John Goon, 301-315-8297, spineyone@...
Co-host: Mary Feldman, Mkfeldman@...
Victory Tower Retirement Center,
7051 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, MD
Sessions every Tuesday from 7:00pm to 9:15pm
Pictures from 1st-anniversary session (April 20, 2006) at
- Bauer Drive Strategy Games Club
Host: Todd Heidenreich 301-519-7386 todd@...
Bauer Drive Community Center,
14625 Bauer Drive, Rockville, MD
Sessions every Thursday from 6:00pm to 8:30pm
- Beltsville Strategy Games Club
Host: John Goon 301-315-8297 spineyone@...
Beltsville Community Center,
3900 Sellman Road, Beltsville, MD
Sessions every Monday from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
- Greenbelt Strategy Games Club
Karen Haseley's email is khaseley@...
Karen Haseley, CTRS 301-397-2208 (x2054)
Greenbelt Community Center
15 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt, MD 20770
Greenbelt Youth Center, Greenbelt, MD
Sessions every Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
or maybe 7pm--9pm (call to get latest info).
[For info about John Goon, see Laurel entry.]
JOHN CAMARANO has a group of gamers that meets at his house in
Beltsville, MD every other Friday night for 4 hours or so to play
a variety of miniatures games. Everything from colonial to sci-
fi with an emphasis on WWII, and open to trying new things if
someone wants to run something else. email Flashman1889@...
Some other regular sites and times in Montgomery County
(all Games Club of Maryland -- www.gamesclubofmd.org/ -- events):
Co-host: David Fair 301-528-0862 dafair@...
Host: Bob Jones rcrbjones@...
Borders Bookstore, Milestone Center, 20926 Frederick Rd.
(southwest corner where 27 crosses 355)
Every 1st, 3rd, & 5th Monday evening, 6pm--10pm.
This session usually has 8-12 attending.
- Potomac(20854) 240-777-6960 (phone at PCC)
Host: Doug Hoylman 301-986-1373 dhoylman@...
Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Road
Sessions every Wednesday from 7:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.
- Rockville "South"(20852) Cell: 240-461-7534.
Host: Steven Quade (301)592-1377 gcomquade@...
Co-Host: Doug Hoylman 301-986-1373 dhoylman@...
Dream Wizards, 11772 Parklawn Drive, 301-881-3530
The last Thursday of every month from 7PM to 11PM
- Silver Spring "Downtown" (20910)
301-592-1377, Cell: 240-461-7534
Host: Steven Quade gcomquade@...
Co-Host: Ethan Goffman egoffman@...
Summit Hill Apartments, 8500 16th St. (across from Apt G28)
Every Friday from 7:00 PM to 12:00 Midnight.
- Damascus(20872) 301-253-6273
Host: David Fair dafair@...
Co-Host: Noreen Fair noreen.k.fair@...
25604 Coltrane Drive, Damascus, MD, 20872
Every Friday (except the last Friday of the month)
from 7:00pm until about midnight or later
- Middletown (21769).
6518 Morningside Court, Middletown, MD; 301-371-8752
Host: Scott Fisher scfishman@...
Co-Host: David Fair dafair@...
Sessions are on the last Friday of each month at
- Rockville "East"(20850)
Host: John Goon 301-315-8297. spineyone@...
Co-Host: Todd Heidenreich todd@...
Pump House Community Center, 401 South Horner Lane
Sessions every Friday, from 7:30pm to 10:30pm.
- Silver Spring "Long Branch"(20901)
Host: John Goon 301-315-8297 spineyone@...
Long Branch Community Center, 8700 Piney Branch Road
Sessions every Thursday from 6:30pm to 9:15pm
- Laurel Community Center Games Club
This group meets every Thursday from 6 to 930 pm in the pre-school
room of the Laurel Community Center, 7901 Cypress Street (the first
traffic light intersection north of Contee Road and Route 1). The
club is free and open to all ages thanks to a generous donation of
space and monies from the City of Laurel Recreation Department.
There are two on-site storage boxes of games that include Chess,
Carcassonne, Lost Cities, Ingenious, Ticket to Ride, TransAmerica,
Rummikub, Blokus, cards, dice, and the Settlers of Catan. In
addition, members often bring their own favorites for show and play.
Other games played to date: Twixt, Niagara, Tayu, Razzia, Loot,
Cribbage, Hoity- Toity, and more. For more information, contact
John Weber at 301.776.2280 / jcw222@...
or John Goon at 301-613-8297 / spineyone@...
John Goon: American Go Association -- Community Outreach Coordinator
Founder: Arthur Lewis Go Club, Rockville Go & Chess Group,
Hillandale Go Club, Beltsville Strategy Games Club,
Long Branch Strategy Games Club, Laurel CC Games Club
Takoma Park Intergenerational Strategy Games Club,
Games Club of Maryland Supporting Member
PO Box 1745, Rockville, MD 20849-1745 spineyone@...
H: 301-315-8297, W: 301-394-4288, C: 301-613-8297
Other GCoM/GCoV/GCoP sites:
Host: Bob Suckling. E-mail: jrobert.suckling@...
Co-Host: Eric Haas. E-mail: erichaas@...
1111 Aldino Stepney Road, Aberdeen, MD, 21001-1404.
Phone: (Eric Haas) 443-629-0368.
Sessions about every four weeks on Saturdays, noon--midnight.
- Alphabet Soup
Host: Halmer Haag. E-mail: halhaag@...
Baltimore Science Fiction Society Building,
3310 East Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD.
Phones: 443-280-1913, During Event: 410-563-2737.
Open gaming sessions on the second and fourth Sundays of
the month from noon until 6 PM (or later sometimes....).
For Directions Go To: http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm
Host: Pierce Ostrander. E-mail: vpo3@...
Co-Host: Ruth Ostrander. E-mail: rvostrander@...
Bay Ridge Christian Church, 1045 Bay Ridge Rd,
Annapolis, MD, 21403. Phone: Church #:410-263-2992.
The SECOND Saturday of every month, from 6pm to 11pm
Host: John Goon. E-mail: jgoon@...
Co-Host: Martin Lucey. E-mail: mbl117@...
Beltsville Community Center, 3900 Sellman Road,
Beltsville, MD, 20705. Phone: 301-315-8297.
Sessions every Monday, 6:30pm - 9:15pm (but call to check)
Host: Karl Musser. E-mail: karl_musser@...
Beans In the Belfry Coffeehouse,
122 West Potomac St, Brunswick, MD, 21716.
Phones: 301-834-4111, 301-834-7178.
Sessions are on the third Saturday of the month, 1pm--7pm.
Host: Michelle Hymowitz, michelle@...
Co-Host: Halmer Haag, halhaag@...
10802 Green Mountain Circle, Columbia, MD, 21044.
Phones: 410-884-2860, Cell # 301-775-0666.
Sessions every other Friday at 7 P.M. until 2 A.M.
WEATHER POLICY -- if Baltimore County, Anne Arundel
County, or Howard County cancels schools or closes
schools early, then gaming here is also canceled.
Host: James Sparks. E-mail: sparky@...
Contact Jim via email for games and exact cyberspace location.
Jim's Webpage: http://www.moranga.com/
Sessions every Tuesday at 9 P.M.
- Fairfax City - GCOV
Host: Mark Guttag. E-mail: mguttag@...
Co-Host: John Vasilakos. E-mail: djvasil@...
9850 Fairfax Square, Apt. 234, Fairfax, VA, 22031.
Phones: 703-591-6709 (Mark), 703-642-5291 (John).
Gaming sessions every Friday from 7:30 PM to Midnight.
*New Location - Glen Burnie
Host: Ed Sloman. E-mail: ed@...
Co-Host: Matthew Boles. E-mail: matthew@...
Games and Comics...and Stuff, 7452 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd.,
Glen Burnie, MD, 21061. Phone: 410-863-7418 (store Phone).
Sessions are on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month, 6 PM--10
Host: Rich Shipley. E-mail: rich@...
Co-Host: Jamie Tang. E-mail: jat@...
1241 Linkside Drive, Baltimore, MD, 21234. Phone: (410) 825-4065.
Sessions first Saturday of every month: Noon--10 pm.
Host: Brian Sutton. E-mail: suttons@...
Co-Host: Ed Rothenheber. E-mail: rothenheber_ed@...
9225 Fairlane Place, Laurel, MD, 20708. Phone: 301-604-0050.
Gamers regularly Play Titan by Avalon Hill at Laurel.
Call and leave a message if you are a new attendee planning to come
Sessions every other Thursday at 7 P.M.
Host: Rick Bynaker. E-mail: rick@...
Co-Host: Mike Gibbs. E-mail: mike@...
12828 Fantasia Dr., Herndon, VA, 20170. Phones: 703-356-1627,
Sessions on the 5th Saturday of every month at 1pm - 1am (about
three months or so). Upcoming Schedule: Sep 30, 2006.
Host: Michelle Hymowitz. E-mail: michelle@...
Co-Host: Eric Hymowitz. E-mail: hymie@...
2862 Aspen Hill Road, Parkville, MD, 21234.
Phones: 410-663-8337, Cell: 301-775-0666.
Sessions the third Sunday of every month: 12 Noon until 8pm.
Host: Doug Hoylman. E-mail: dhoylman@...
Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Road, Potomac, MD, 20854.
Phones: 301-986-1373 (Doug), 301-983-4471 (PCC).
Sessions every Wednesday from 7 P.M. to 10 P.M.
Host: Keith Levy. E-mail: gcom@...
9 Augusta Wood Court, Reisterstown, MD, 21136. Phone: 410-833-4395.
Sessions every other Friday at 7:30 PM.
Host: John Bradford. E-mail: Kattinmagi@...
Illusions Games & Comics, 726 S. Salisbury Blvd,
Salisbury, MD, 21801. Phone: 410-742-0172.
Sessions 1st, 3rd, and 5th Saturday of each month, 3PM--9PM.
Host: Scott Buckwalter. E-mail: sbuckwalter@...
16316 Yeoho Road, Sparks, MD, 21152. Phone: (410) 472-6930.
Sessions on the 2nd Saturday of the month from 1 pm to late
Host: John Roberts Jr.. E-mail: jprpater@...
Jerusalem Lutheran Church, 1372 Bachman's Valley Road,
Westminster, MD, 21158. Phone: 410-848-4290 (During game-time
Sessions mostly 1st, 3rd, and 5th Tuesday of each month at 7p.
- West Chester - GCOP
Host: Karl Kemmerer. E-mail: gameskeep@...
The Games Keep, 9 North Five Points Rd. 2nd floor,
West Chester, PA, 19380. Phones: 484-905-5533, 610-505-6144.
Sessions are on the fourth Saturday of the month.
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