What are your experiences gaming in college?

If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently?

What advice would you have for gamers new to the college gaming scene?

I’ve been thinking a lot about my past years as college gamer.

They were some of the best (and occasionally worst) experiences in gaming I’ve had. I met new people, made friendships which continue to this day. Some how I got enticed into becoming an officer of the university gaming club (well, one of them, anyway).

What would I do differently? Not become an officer. It was too time-consuming. And I had to deal with a number of issues like making sure the tabletop roleplayers, the wargamers, and the LARPers all got along.

And somebody, it seemed, always wanted to get money from student government and club dues to go to Gen Con–for the club officers, not the average club member.

My advice: Most dorm rooms and floor dens are terrible for gaming. Find an out-of-the way spot–a meeting room, or a classroom–if you can, and only tell your close gamer friends about it.

Form a gaming club only as a last resort.