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Students encouraged to get away from computers

Friday, October 26, 2007  
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By Alana Duffle

“Go fish.”

“Checkmate.”

“King me.”

All of these are terms students may soon hear if they are on campus Friday nights. 

The new Eagle Gaming Group first met last Friday. They will continue to meet on Fridays to play different games.  These games include, but are not limited to, Dungeons and Dragons, Catan, Magic, Risk, Robot Rally, strategic games, Railroad games (like 1830) and many other card games.

“We will try new games, too.  For example, I found a new game called Pangea this summer.  It’s like Risk, but it’s played on a continent that is breaking up over time,” Associate Professor of Computer Engineering Pat Smith said.

The EGG is a group of people who enjoy playing tabletop games.  There is a major advantage to playing tabletop games instead of video games. Instead of interacting with a television or computer, tabletop games allow players social interaction.  The EGG formed so people who enjoy playing games can have a regular time, place and group with which to play.

“Eagle Gaming Group is a group of college students who just hang out and play tabletop games together,” Sophomore Garrett Keck said.

Smith and some of his students came up with the idea for EGG.

“As I got to know my students, I found that many of them enjoyed games of all kinds, and we decided to form a group that would play games.  The original motivator was to find people who could play pen and paper role-playing games, but we enjoy other games too.  Everyone decided to form a student group that would play all these games,” Smith said.

The purpose of the EGG is to have fun.  This will be an ongoing group that will continue to play throughout the year and possibly through the summer.

“When we started the Eagle Gaming Group, I was really looking forward to a chance to get away from everything.  It’s a chance to just sit down with some other people, get away from the computer and such, and just take a break from the week.  Since we started playing over the summer, I have been able to show some people new games, as well as learn about other games that are a lot of fun to play.  I’ve also made some new friends.  It’s an experience I wouldn’t trade for anything,” Junior Mike McTee said.

All equipment for the various games will be provided, and there is no cost to be a part of the EGG.  There will be many different games, and people can come and go as they please.  EGG is an excellent opportunity for those who like games, or just need something to do on Friday nights. Geoff Dolinger, Mike McTee, Garrett Keck, or Pat Smith are available to answer any other questions students or faculty may have about EGG.


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