BY BLAKE BILLMAIER, Webmaster
If you have ever walked around on the second floor of the University Center, you have probably heard the sound of dice rolling and cards being shuffled. The sounds are courtesy of the University of Michigan-Dearborn Game Club.
The Game Club meets to, as the name suggests, play games. But they do not play the usual Monopoly or Jenga type games. Their taste tends to lean towards the more advanced and sometimes outright bizarre games.
The Game Club claims over 40 members who regularly attend events and game match ups. Some of their more popular games are Dominion, Quarriors, and Dungeon & Dragons. Quarriors is a dice/card game that has been recently added to their play-list.
“Quarriors has the frenetic excitement of a dice battle game, with an added ‘deck-building’ twist: players customize their dice pools during the game using resources generated by their rolls” says gamegeek.com.
I recently sat down with a group from the Game Club and played a round of Call of Cthulhu. For this game I created a character that I would role play through the game. The Game Master would describe the world to the players and the players would describe how their characters interact with the environment. Dice are then used when an action requires skill or chance.
The game played out as a survival horror game. Our goal was to find out what was causing a series of strange and apparently supernatural events in the game world to occur, not necessarily to fight an opponent or each other. When I asked one of my fellow players about the purpose of the game, he told me that most of their games are “less about winning or fighting each other and more about finding creative ways to solve problems.”
Groups for games like Dungeon & Dragons and Call of Cthulhu usually meet once a week and games last at least a month. However, Game club also has games for gamers that don’t have time for three or four hour play sessions. Games like Quarriors or Dominion can be played in about an hour. So whether you want to play a quick card game or play out an entire Dungeon and Dragons campaign, the Game Club is sure to have something to satisfy your gaming fix.