Note: If in doubt, you’re always welcome to contact us directly through the ‘Contact Us’ page (linked on the right), the forum or the society email address (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Q: Who are you?
A: We’re a friendly, relaxed group of (mostly) students, brought together by our love of games.
Q: What do you do?
A: Play games. Often we get asked what kind of games, and the simple answer is ‘all of them’. A complete list of our board games is available in the link on the left, but we also play card games, computer games, role playing games, and are generally willing to try anything we can get our hands on. We also have Socials a several times a term, and often head to the pub after our gaming events.
Q: ‘Socials’? What are ‘Socials’?
A: ‘Social’ is a term used across Durham University to refer to scheduled society events that involve heavy elements of sociability. They can vary from a bar crawl with ongoing theme throughout the evening, to trips to Newcastle where we buy games, eat out and head to the cinema, to more outlandish activities like our trip to Wet’n’Wild last year. Socials are always good fun, and are an excellent way to get to know the other members of the society when they’re not trying to beat you at Magic or convince you they’re not a Cylon. Unless that’s the theme of the social of course…
It is the responsibility of a society’s Social Sec to plan and organise Socials, and in pursuit of originality they are perfectly willing to throw any and all sense and sanity out the window. Gamesoc usually has between 2 and 4 Socials a term, depending on commitments, and ‘Geeksoc’ (a collection of societies with similar focuses) usually has 1 big social as well.
Q: Do I have to be a member to come to sessions?
A: No. Though if you come to more than a few, particularly past the first few weeks of the year, it’s generally considered common courtesy to join.
Q: Then what does being a member mean?
A: To quote the constitution, it gives: “the democratic right to attend, speak at and vote at any and all General Meetings of the Society for which they are in attendance.” The term ‘General Meeting’ refers to those meetings where formal business is conducted; e.g. termly reports from the exec, election of new exec, etc. Joining also makes us like you.
Q: How do I join?
A: Come along to any of our sessions and ask. Technically it’s the treasurer’s job to deal with that though, so Saturday’s probably your best bet. Yearly membership is £5, and ‘Lifetime’ membership is £8. Where ‘lifetime’ is defined as ‘until you leave Durham University’. Make sure to sign up to the mailing list to keep informed!
Q: ‘Mailing list’?
A: The mailing list is the main method the society uses to inform its’ members of what’s happening. Every week, the President uses tech-magic to send an email to everyone on the mailing list, containing everything relevant to our goings-on.
Q: Will I have time for this?
A: That really depends on you. Nothing we do is at all compulsory – the exec are obliged to turn up to most things simply because they are the exec, but nothing’s ‘enforced’. You’re perfectly free to come to as much or as little as you like.