By Hannah Pollock
Roll a six. Draw two cards. Collect $200 after passing go. Students at Trevecca can now meet up to play their favorite board games.
Pair’a’Dice Board Games, a new club allowing students to gather and play board games on campus, was recently created and started meeting in September. Junior media arts and studies major Adam Vaughn is the president of the club.
Vaughn says he has been a fan of board games for years. Last school year, he and some friends started an unofficial board game group in the McKay student lounge.
“The first time we met, it was just Andrew Preston, Nora Miller and myself playing a game called Ticket to Ride. We played for an hour and a half. I continued to go back to the lounge weekly and the group kept growing. We made a Facebook group for it to make things easier to manage. I thought about it and decided to go ahead and make it an official club,” said Vaughn.
Vaughn went to the office of student development and spoke with Steve Harris, associate provost and dean of student development, about starting the club. He was then directed to Laura Wade, ASB vice president, and they worked on a club charter and constitution.
“Essentially, students talk with me to create a charter and constitution, have at least 15 people who want to be members, and get it approved by SGA for the initial step,” said Laura Wade, ASB vice president.
Vaughn presented the the club to SGA at one of their general meetings. SGA voted unanimously to approve it.
Pair’a’Dice Board Games meets every Friday from 7 p.m. to midnight in Jernigan lobby, and sometimes the McKay student lounge. It is a come-and-go event, so students do not have to stay the whole five hours. Board games that the club plays on a regular basis include: Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, The Resistance, Superfight! and Coup. Typically, a couple of games are being played at the same time.
As president, one of Vaughn’s goals for the school year is to have some affiliation with Waggoner Library’s game night.
“The library game night was part of the inspiration for this club. I saw a bunch of students at that game night that I didn’t really see anywhere else. There’s a large community of people who like board games on campus, and I wanted to give them an outlet for that that was more regular than the game nights at the library. I know I want to play board games more than once a month,” said Vaughn. “We always try to encourage new people to join us if we see them hanging out in the student lounge and ask them if they want to play with us.”
Since Pair’a’Dice started having meetings on Sept. 23, about 20 students regularly attend, and 60 have joined the Facebook group.
“Board games take individual skill and strategy, much like video games do, but they also allow us to enjoy interacting with each other in a way that video games just can’t provide,” said Seth Conley, associate professor of communication studies and the club’s faculty sponsor.
Junior Andrew Preston is vice president of Pair’a’Dice Board Games’ and freshman Zachary Vaughn is the secretary.
Students can join the club by attending meetings on Fridays. They can also join the Facebook group online at Pair’a’Dice Board Games (TNU).