“Life is more fun if you play games.” — Roald Dahl
I often say that the PHP Community is not all about PHP and work, its about community, friends and good times. As an expat recently arrived in Amsterdam I found lots of comfort in the group and made new friends that have grown into my closest circles. I also found that when life decided to give me a hard time, these same people were there to lend a hand.
The is the spirit of community and is what I like to grow and care for wherever I go, its not about learning its about sharing good times and knowledge with a group of like minded people.
In keeping with this we had a wild idea one day, let’s all get together to play games! Aisha quickly volunteered to be the champion behind the idea and we started working out details. We quickly settled on Café Batavia 1920 as our first venue since they have an awesome back room that would be perfect for this.
Turns out we have loads of games so we picked a few of them and in the beginning of october got together for the first Geeks & Games meet up. And it was amazing, the back room echoed with laughter all night, the beer kept coming and we had fun all night, from 19h to 3am.
We also welcomed a few members who had never come to any meet up, even a recently arrived expat from South Africa. It was really great to off these newcomers with the same network and friendliness that i got from the group.
Between games of CAH, Munchkin, Mascarade and Tsuro we had a night full of healthy competition and complete and utter madness. We made new friends and we strengthened already existing friendships, at least that is how it felt to me.
So having decided this was a success, we came to the one obvious conclusion, DO IT AGAIN!
In december we will meet again (reserve the 12th/December!), and hopefully settle into a pattern every 2 months.
User Groups! This is an amazing way to strengthen the unity of your group and introduce new members into the fold, if you want to try it, feel free to get in touch with us and we can share our experience.
Companies! Do you want to associate your brand with bonding and network building? We would love to have a company sponsor drinks and snacks and be part of this unique experience. Get in touch on our website.
Wanna be a champion? Our community is built on the back of volunteers and enablers, if you have an idea you think would work for the group, come join us in making it happen, we will provide you the man-power (and women-power) and support as long as you are willing to captain the boat.
Thank you all who made this possible, see you next time!
I AM THE PEASANT!