On the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato, there are numerous Recognized Student Organizations available to join. These organizations vary from recreation to political, to academic, but they all are great ways to make friends. This week we will be shining a light on the Board Gaming Club, as they have been a consistent part of the CSU scheduling for years.
The club is pretty standard as far as they go. People meet every week, play some games, and just hang out. Often, the numbers of the actual members fluctuate every week, but about 15 or so show up for every event. The games played vary from classics, like Clue and Monopoly to brand new hits like Secret Hitler and Codenames.
Club President Lidia Vassar said, “We honestly just play whatever people want to. Most days we stick to the same games, because that’s what the regulars like, but we’re open to anything!”
The club has tried to be more inclusive in recent weeks by adding video games to their collection of games, but they don’t have the funding necessary to get newer consoles like the Nintendo Switch.
“Yeah, we kinda really think something like that would be pretty awesome. It would be a great way to get newer members, and also Smash is tight,” explained Vassar. “We are currently looking into getting some sort of funding so we can, if not a Switch, get at least something a little more exciting and new.”
If being awkward and not accepted into the group is a worry of yours, don’t worry. Vassar said, “Yeah no you’ll be fine. Trust me, we take anyone and have a bomb time no matter what. I mean, like we wouldn’t take anyone. Like, Hitler wouldn’t be allowed to join. So as long as you aren’t Hitler-bad, you’ll probably love it here!” This appears to be very true, as the group’s events were light and very relaxed with a whole lot of laughter.
The events start every Friday from 6 p.m., and go on to around 10 p.m. The president ended saying, “I know it isn’t a crazy party, but if you’re looking for something fun to do on a Friday night, even for just an hour or two, you should come and check us out! You won’t regret it, and you might have a new thing to look forward to every week. I hope to see you there!”
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