Our community is growing healthily and steadily on the Discord server, and in the meantime we council members have been busy in the background! We have been working behind the scenes on what comes next. Let us explain what we have done, and what we plan to do in the near future.
You probably already know what we plan to do in the long term: create and nurture a great tabletop community, and then create a tabletop paradise here in Berlin, which in our mind means: renting the perfect space to enjoy our hobby.
Now… that’s a nice vision, but you might wonder how we plan to get there! This is what we want to discuss today. Onto more details!
Here is our roadmap:
- Step 1: Create a good platform for the international tabletop community in Berlin
This is “done”: the Discord server has gathered over 150 members in just a few months! These people enjoy various aspects of the tabletop hobby, which to us is really nice.
On top of the Discord server, there is also a Facebook page, an Instagram account and hashtag (#TTT), and guest posts posts on this very blog. These are all part of our efforts to provide supports for the local community to gather and share our love of tabletop.
We are very proud and happy to see how our group has grown! We enjoy the platform on a daily basis – and hope you enjoy it too! This is at core of why we exist, and we will of course continue our work to support it, and make it the best we can for our community.
- Step 2: Create a legal non-profit organization for the community
To be able to do anything “legally”, our community needs a legal entity. In Germany, the standard way to do this is to register a club, by creating a so-called e.V. (“eingetragene Verein”). So, this is what we have been working on over the past few months.
One core aspect of creating such an entity is to come up with by-laws, which in a way are the “constitution” document of our club. In German, this is called Satzung. The Satzung makes explicit the purpose of the organization and how it operates.
We are now done writing ours – including a review with a notary to check for all legal details. We will proceed with the actual registration of this non-profit entity with the local authorities pretty soon! Keep your eye out on Discord and this blog, we’ll keep you posted!
- Step 3: Start activities as an official club
Once the club is official created, we will open the possibility to join as a member. Of course, in the very first days, this will be more a symbolic thing. What we offer is more “join and create and shape this thing with us” rather than “sign-up to get access to a well-established club”. We nonetheless plan to have activities as soon as possible!
What activities? Among other things, we plan to organize various types of events: gaming days, tournaments, demo days, workshops, masterclasses, group orders, the sky is the limit! In general, we plan to keep building our community and supporting it to thrive. This on Discord, but also in real life – as soon as the ongoing pandemic lets us get back to it … Yes, it will happen sooner or later, and you can believe that we are on the starting blocks!
We want to create merchandising items for the club in the near future: t-shirts, dice, mugs and tabletop rulers with ITGC Berlin branding. These will let you proudly display your support of the organization, and yes, financially support our efforts toward creating an awesome organization focused on tabletop gaming.
- Step 4: Find a physical space and move in
The search will happen in parallel with points 2 and 3: the quest for the venue is a long term effort!
Where, how and when? We have looked around, we have some ideas, and we have been playing around with various scenarios to explore what could be possible, to find ways to make it work in real life. This work is happening within the Council and every member is welcome to get involved as well: just get in touch with us if you want to be part of the early and detailed work of building and refining these scenarios.
Of course, there are limits to what we can financially afford, but what we are looking for is:
– A physical space located in a central, well-accessible by public transport, safe location
– A club focused on (miniature) tabletop gaming and hobbying around it: competitive and narrative gaming, painting, modelling and everything that has tabletop and miniatures as common denominator
– An open place devoted to diversity, both in people and in game systems
– We want to find the right balance to start reasonably and grow sustainably with our community
What exactly this all means in practice is probably what we all members of the Verein will be discussing in the near future, so get ready to join us! In the end, this is all about getting a nice group of people to hang out with and share the great hobby of tabletop gaming with.
Got any questions? Something we didn’t cover? Once again, we’re here: just reach out to people with the “Council-member” role on Discord, or ask away on the #suggestions channel on our Discord. Ultimately, you can send us an email via tabletopgamingberlin(AT)gmail.com.
May you always roll 6s*!
ITGC Berlin Council
*or the best result in your selected tabletop system