Friday means Gamers Guild, Gamers Guild means community

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Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 at 9:39 PM

From 7:30 p.m. until the wee hours of the morning on Fridays, a congregation of selfproclaimed nerds can be heard on the third floor of Edinboro University’s Pogue Student Center. Around the corners of the intricately designed rooftop level, students can be seen wearing a variety of gaming-related apparel, fingers fast at work on controllers, devices, or dice.

The sounds of fighting games float down the hall, carried by the victory yell of a lucky “Yu-Gi- Oh!” player and quieted only by a louder yell — one of defeat — as someone’s precious Pokémon falls in virtual combat.

These are the student members of The Gamer’s Guild, one of the largest and most expansive organizations recognized by the student government association, and they’re ready to play.

Including new games like “Super Smash Brothers” on the Wii U, to classic tabletop card games like “Pokémon” or “Magic the Gathering,” the guild offers students an opportunity to try their hands at the multitude of games they have present on a weekly basis. There’s something for everyone, members of the club assured.

“It’s a completely open club, no dues, no GPA requirement, no specific majors,” said Zachary Demmel, president of the guild. “It’s also something that encompasses so much interest, as gaming in general is huge.”

“Even if you don’t know how to play a game, people will jump at the chance to teach you how to play something new so they can have someone to play with,” he said.

Beyond the games though, lies a club that exists to bring people together.

“The biggest thing is that guild is a family,” Demmel said. “People can come into guild and honestly get help with just about everything, from classwork to personal issues. Guild has helped me and countless others grow as people.”

“Unfortunately, when I took over, Gamer’s Guild was almost dead,” Demmel said. “The attendance was down because Pogue started closing earlier and they kept giving us days that wouldn’t work.”

Since then, Demmel worked tirelessly to ensure the guild could stay in Pogue at the time members were used to, to improve numbers, morale and interest in the group. After that, he focused on increasing the member-base and ensuring that all members were connected in some way.

“As president, it is my goal to be the face of the guild, get to know as many people as I can, and make people feel welcome,” a trait that Demmel shares with incumbent PR representative for the guild, Shiane Dunlap, a freshman at the university who has been involved with the guild since her first week on campus.

“I found Gamer’s Guild during club rush, and that was an experience in itself,” Dunlap said. “Seeing a man in full garb next to the Gamer’s Guild table with a spear [laughs]; since that point on I was going to guild every Friday. It helped me open up and talk to people.”

As PR rep, Dunlap hopes to continue on with the open nature the guild is known for — accepting anyone, and everyone, regardless of their experience, taste in games, or majors.

“I hope to bring new people in and make them feel welcome, help people find new friends and find resources they need for the school year,” she said. “The openness we all have towards everyone is unique. There’s a lot of communication, and everyone that presents ideas is heard — it’s probably one of the friendliest places I’ve ever been.”

Among the card games, the boisterousness inherently connected with competitive game playing and club auctions, members can be found simply having a good time and unwinding after weeks of classes and work.

“It’s a place you go to, have fun, and leave happy,” Andrew Poll, future president of the guild said. “It’s like a really nice, free, T.G.I Fridays you can come to, without the appetizers.”

“What people think guild is, it can be,” he said. “Guild is a relaxed place where people can unwind and be with their friends and make new ones. As president, I want people to interact with each other and open up so they can try new things.”

“It’s more of a family than an organization,” Dunlap said. “The family of the 21st century is made of up friends more than blood relatives, and here I’ve seen people of all different backgrounds choose to make friends at guild. People make connections here that they can keep for a lifetime, and that’s what’s most special about it.”

For more information on the guild, they can be found (with open arms) every Friday on the third floor of Pogue — embracing their hobbies, their passion for games and the bond that they have formed as a group.

Britton Rozzelle is The Arts Editor for The Spectator and he can be reached at ae.spectator@gmail.com.

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