Friday Night Magic Runs off Roleplaying – Help Me Bring it Back

I went by the biggest of the local gaming stores recently on a Friday evening. I was horrified to find not a single RPG being played on, of all days, a Friday evening. What’s the meaning of this? I used to recall a time when there was several small groups that would meet there on Friday evenings to play. Not to mention all the miniatures games that used to get played on Fridays there as well. Out go the Roleplayers and in their place was a room filled with Magic the Gathering players.

I am all for the continuation and the expansion of the hobby in all directions, but to the exclusivity of just one aspect? I totally get the MtG players pay money to play and Roleplayers are, at best, paying for  the table space and maybe some snacks. The same can be said for all other forms of gaming. Now, I am not saying this was a conscious decision by the store staff, nor do I believe that is the case here, I am just reeling that nothing is played but MtG on Friday evenings at the store. I have friends that do play at the store on other days of the week and they say the RPG community is thriving on most days with the exception of Fridays. So, it would seem that MtG is so invasive and popular locally that it has choked out other forms of gaming. To be fair, there were two guys playing a boardgame; even they looked out of place among the throng of MtG players. Having been part of this industry for many years I fully understand that MtG sales are higher than any other product category in most stores. Therefore, MtG sale are paying the bills!

This is where I would like your help! I would want reignite the local RPG scene at this store on Friday evenings. The other RPG groups at this store seem to have many of the mainstream games covered on other nights of the week. I guess I really do need to take stock of what is actively being played and move forward from there. I would be remiss if didn’t mentioned that I do have my reservations about putting in the effort; I have been down this road in the past. I know the store owner would support any effort I put into this, but I am still leery at best!

Goal Summary:
Reestablish a thriving Friday night RPG community
Introduce the local community to indie & other non-mainstream RPGs

Available Assets:
The store carries lots of indie & other non-mainstream RPGs
I own lots of indie & other non-mainstream RPGs

Perceived Hurdles:
Limited space available
Local reluctance to non-mainstream games
Wrong atmosphere for RPGs

How would you approach this situation?

~ Modoc

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. shane00mail says:

    Reblogged this on R.P.G. (Runkle Plays Games) and commented:
    Great Points and a good Read. I have over the years mostly just come to accept that Friday Night Magic becomes the Card Flipper invasion. But There use to be some great groups in many stores that would get together on Friday nights and play long into the night.

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  2. Jack says:

    Reblogged this on Tome and Tomb.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Reblogged this on MEASURELESS EONS and commented:
    The horrors of Friday Night Magic … 🙂


  4. As noted, Friday Night Magic. A sponsored WoTC event, so no D&D push. Plus RPGs take hours to play. If everyone shows up to play at 6 PM, assuming an average 4 hour game session, the store has to stay open to 10 PM+. Not unreasonable, many stores stay open to midnight or later, but it can be an issue.

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    1. modoc31 says:


      thanks for the comment. You make a good point about RPGs being a more lengthy game and in most cases this is true. My local store stays open past midnight on most Friday nights, but other stores may be different.

      I just find it frustrating that other gamers can’t find a place to play in this particular store on a Friday either because the MtG players have taken up all the table space or the noise level. The noise level makes it hard to play and concentrate on RPGs especially if you have to yell for your players to hear you.

      I know WoTC is a sponsored event and does draw a crowd and that is going to be the ever present issue, they spend money even Friday to play in drafts and standard events. RPGers will buy or pay for little.



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