With the sound of rolling dice in the background, the Mount Pleasant Gaming Association celebrated its 27th anniversary last week.
In honor of the special occasion, MPGA President Dion Campbell gave a speech about the history of the group and all of the good times the club members have shared.
“I got into tabletop gaming a long time ago as a kid,” the Mount Pleasant senior said. “It allowed me and my family to sit down and do something constructive together.”
As a four-year veteran of the club, Campbell said the games they play are a great way to connect with people.
Members of the club gather every Thursday to play role-playing games, like “Dungeons and Dragons,” as well as board and card games. The meetings run for several hours and usually involve multiple groups playing various games.
St. John’s senior Jonathan Wadsworth, who has been in the club for two years, was recently elected as the vice president of the MPGA. Many of the members know him by the name “Boone Timberwood,” a nickname inspired by one of the characters he plays in the roleplaying game Pathfinder.
Wadsworth’s uncle got him into tabletop gaming when he was in middle school and he has been playing ever since. He said he enjoys many games, but his favorites include Pathfinder and the strategic board game Warhammer 40,000. For him, the best part of playing these games is meeting new people and taking part in interactive storytelling.
“I really enjoy the story of the games,” Wadsworth said. “You get that here every week.”
Because new members have joined the club this year, Campbell wants to expand the scope of the MPGA. He plans to organize more special events such as group trips to gaming conventions.
Vestaburg sophomore and MPGA Secretary Sarah Otto joined the group her freshmen year. The thing she enjoys most about the club is the sense of camaraderie and the friendly atmosphere that playing together brings.
“It’s very casual, very relaxed,” Otto said. “We aren’t too strict about the game rules. If you do something wrong, you just fix your mistake and move on.”
One of the MPGA’s oldest members, Mount Pleasant resident Jeremy Kelley, 39, joined the group in 1995 when he was a student at Central Michigan University. He has continued to come to meetings ever since because he enjoys the mental challenge.
“There’s the social aspect, but it also exercises your creativity, like a book,” Kelley said.