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New Venue for Meetings and Sessions

Y17 Room

As an avid role-playing game player for many years, finding a place to conduct game has always been a great challenge for me – especially a place that could be used for holding long-term games (around the ball park of once every-other week).

Since the early days of holding games at the home of different players, the group decided to move the meetings to public places (of course, one of the reasons for doing so is to avoid the occasional intrusion of family members who don’t play the game).

However, public places is not without its downfalls; restaurants such as McD’s is not the best place for an 8-hour long adventure; likewise, small restaurants with separate tables might get a bit awkward for customers staying for both lunch and dinner (not to forget about the $$$ issue).

Perhaps its one of those outrageous lucky shots from outrageous fortune, my players notified me about the reopening of the city-owned Y-17 Youth Activity Center.

What’s so cool about the center? Well, for starters, the gaming area (it’s actually a library + game for kids) consists of 3 classroom and 1 central area surrounded by shelves of books. The good thing for people playing games like DnD: if you get one of those classrooms, you won’t have to fear the wandering trespassers that will look at the gathering like some sort of cultist event.

Furthermore, the fee for an entire day is pretty affordable for a location downtown (Yes, the place is at the intersection of Renai and Linshen – near the Presidential Office and within walking distance of both the CKS Hall and NTU Hospital MRT stations. For a pack of 10 tickets, the price comes to about NT$150 per individual for a day (10AM-8PM). Even better; there’s relatively few people there on weekends, as most summer classes take place during regular weekdays and few gamers know about the venue (at least for now).

How about adding in a whiteboard in the classroom, which could be used for map drawing? With the quiet environment and the wide-open space with comfy chairs, I think the price of NT$150 for an entire day is a great deal!

For those of you living in the Taipei Area and is on the lookout for a great gaming venue, try here: http://www.y17.com.tw/index.php


July 16, 2009 - Posted by | Role Playing Games

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