Some time ago, I wrote about the plans to organize a regular, RPG-themed pub meeting. Yesterday we finally had our first meeting and it was a great success. More people than we anticipated attended (we were 20 people including Mirko and me) and everyone seemed to have a great time.
But let’s start at the beginning: The preparations went pretty well until the last day. Since I wanted to talk about the Dragon Age boxed set and the free Dungeonslayers RPG I already had prepared a Powerpoint presentation that included great artwork, music and even some videos to set the mood. Alas the presentation didn’t run on my netbook, so that I had to switch to another notebook at the very last minute. After the technical issues had been solved my nervousness set back in. I felt like I was about to go though an exam or something. I have to admit I am not used to speaking in front of that many people.
We started the meeting by Mirko giving a short speech and some funny video I found on YouTube. Alas my notebook decided to crash in the middle of the movie, which really didn’t improve my mood. And then the great moment came: I had to deliver my presentation. And guess what, after a few sentences my anxiety was gone and I could share my enthusiasm for roleplaying games with the audience. Aside from a few specific questions everyone was listening quietly. Between the two presentations we had a break where everyone ordered drinks (much to the delight of the landlord). A few people approached me and asked a couple of questions about Dragon Age and some other games.
After the official part of the meeting everyone enjoyed their drinks, discussed their favorite hobby and made plans for the next meeting. We also decided to set up a discussion forum for the people attending the pub meetings. I have to admit I am more than happy with how everything turned out and I am looking forward to the next meeting in April.
For more details on the pub meeting, you can check out our German blog.