Why do we need games? I ask Dave Sinclair, who runs the Lewes Boardgame Club and Trinity Gaming Café every first and third Thursday evening of the month, at the Trinity Centre, St John sub Castro. “Because they provide opportunities for us to have fun with other people in the real world”, he says, [as opposed to virtual] “which are today so often lacking.”
Dave describes the scene: the café area and hall given over to tables with different games in progress. “Last Thursday we had two Dungeons and Dragons campaigns going, a game of Warhammer, a few card games, like Pokémon, consoles set up and being used, and several boardgames…”
Currently, typically, between 30 and 35 people turn up, including about eight under 18s. “We’d welcome more: anyone who’s interested.”
The Café is the new incarnation of what started out as the Lewes Boardgame Club, created by Rob Whitford, which used to meet at St Mary’s Social Centre. It runs from 7.30 till late (“because some games are long!”) with a tuck shop to fuel the evening.
Dave works as Youth Minister for the Trinity Church, but stresses “everyone is welcome; this is not a ‘church only’ club. I have always been a gamer. I like strategy. All sorts. Computer games, boardgames, you name it. I hadn’t played D&D before, but am getting into it now…”
The Trinity Centre, St John sub Castro, 7.30-11.30pm, February, 6th and 20th.