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From Isabel Drost-Fromm <>
Subject Re: On geeks growing up - wrt. ApacheCon
Date Tue, 04 Mar 2014 11:38:30 GMT
On Mon, Mar 03, 2014 at 11:52:26AM -0800, Roman Shaposhnik wrote:
> Has anybody ever tried open gaming/hacking area at these types of
> conferences? Do these two mix well? ... is where I learnt the rules to play Go - OMG is that
really going to be 10 years ago this December? I'm getting old!

The caveat with board games at events is that you need a large enough number of interested
people to get by-standers interested and engaged. At the above event there always were a handful
of people playing in the evening close to the bar in a chill-out area (= some kind of cosy
seating, appropriate music, drinks* on sale), so getting involved was as easy as walking by,
watching two people play and getting invited to get an intro.

What is slightly easier to get going is to allow sponsors to bring typical startup equipment:
table tennis, foosball table, bean bags etc. (logistics left to the sponsor potentially in
turn for a sponsorship package discount, works best with local sponsors who don't ship the
stuff over half the continent).


* meaning mostly this:

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