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Games Club offers opportunity make new friends, play new games

 The Northern Essex Community College Games Club is a fun and unique club that is great for meeting friends while playing a myriad of different types of games.

This past semester the games club has been meeting consistently.

As advisor Matt Gingras says, “This semester we met in C-107, alternating Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Tuesdays were in the evening from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesdays were from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.”

The games club plays many different types of games. Gingras says “I like some classics like Connect Four and Monopoly. The past two meetings I played chess with our students and thankfully didn’t embarrass myself too much. My favorite game is One Night a Werewolf, which seemed to be a good hit with the students this year, too.”

The games club also has access to multiple other types of games that students can play with one another. The games club is also a great way to meet friends and socialize.

Gingras stated, “We had a group of students that showed up consistently every week, which was good because they formed friendships. At our end of semester celebration today, we had our regular attendees come out and were able to just talk and hang out with each other.”

Like everything else, the NECC games club was somewhat affected by covid. Gingras said, “Thankfully we always had students that showed up consistently to hang out and have a good time, so we weren’t impacted this semester too badly outside of that.”

Gingras was very happy with the space that the club was able to create for NECC students. He said, “This was a weird semester, where NECC was mostly fully back, but COVID was still obviously around. The club provided a space where people could hang out, play games, and have fun for an hour a week. My co-advisor, Stella Vlahakis, and I used some of our budget on snacks, water, and Gatorades so there would always be something to drink or munch on, too.”

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