Time is a funny thing.
When you don’t pay attention it passes in the blink of an eye. In 2009 TGA opened in the heart of Perth to a record club attendance and now six years on sometimes it is hard to believe it has really been that long. The Perth gaming scene has changed a lot during the clubs time. Almost every part of Perth has some form of club or group for the hobby. Perth now has more gaming stores spread across it than ever before with people being able to shop, hobby, and play in events seven days a week, sometimes starting just after the midnight hour. It truly is a great time for gamers in Perth right now.
I know for people who have been a part of the club since the beginning it has offered opportunities that probably would never have happened based on timing and opportunity, a testament to the club’s Fusion Initiative idea and the community that backed it. The club was created initially to offer Sunday gaming to those who wanted it and through all it’s time the club has seen some pretty impressive events, tournaments, and first times for Perth tabletop gamers.
With summer upon us and the festive season approaching it is about this time that TGA winds down to avoid the heat to which our hall is unable to deal with and re-open in March the following year. Thanks to our recent survey complete we can let everyone know what is happening with the club in 2016.
During 2014 the club attendance average started to wane due to the increased number of opportunities in the form of events held on weekends, and life in general. We knew that 2015 would be a pivotal year for the club and made a decision to monitor it month by month, something we have never needed to do before. In the beginning of 2015 we decided to use the club’s funds to subsidise free casual entry for as long as we could to encourage more people to visit and enjoy the club.
Unfortunately this had not made a single difference to the overall attendance levels which meant that the other forms of raising funds were insufficient to make up the losses. Without numbers a club will struggle and our recent survey has confirmed the trend will continue which means that unless something amazing happens it will be highly improbable that TGA will be able to operate in 2016.
Therefore, it is with a truly deep feeling of regret we announce that Tabletop Gamers Association’s last official day is this coming weekend, Sunday 8th November 2015.
It is fitting that on this day their will be an Epic: Armageddon tournament of ten players who are part of a group passionate about this particular game and have been a noticeable part of the club for many years. We will also have tables available for casual gaming if you would like to come by one last time. On behalf of Cameron and me, we thank you all for the experience of being able to run a club that has rewarded us with so many friends and knowledge of our favourite hobby.
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