How some gamers are REALLY antisocial about playing other people, trying new games, and don't seem to have the slightest interest in doing anything outside of what they already are.
Take this from personal experience. Playing in a tiny group in a private venue is a guarantee of eventual no gaming.
But as I may have mentioned I love AT 43. I love it like.. a lot.
People who are willing to try the game usually really really like it. But it has been hard to get people to try it.
Thankfully I have been a playing at Arkham Asylum the last few months (even if the guy I went down with to try to recruit folks has gone MIA) since one of the clerks really enjoys trying new games (he isn't from the region which is why he is actually SOCIABLE to a larger degree than the regular New England Gamer) and it helps him from the tedium of endless D&D 4th ed and Magic games.
Its also good to have potential product diversity too. You never know when an existing market may cool off or even go out completely.
Thus the last 2 weeks we have played AT-43.
People really wanted more info. Instead of being put upon for people asking questions, I was happy to answer as much as I could, even if it slowed the game down.
And as I was consistent, now there is even more interest and more desire to show off the game.
So this week I had a light scenario to show off the game, using smaller, simpler forces.
I prepared as much as possible before the game with prebuilt armies, and even a little scenario. If I was capable of getting my butt out of bed on time and stop looking at stuff for random reasons I would get even more going better and faster.
(Today's stupidity was half awake model kit investigation and reorganization. No I do not know why I needed to spend a good 30-45 minutes in my undershorts looking at my model kits instead of just getting up and getting ready to go.)
The scenario I came up with was pretty good and lots of people were oohing and ahhing over the game. And some folks even LIKED the idea of prepainted figures since Arkham doesn't really have a big active minis group.
Third biggest Friday Night Magic participation in the country most weeks, but not much minis gaming.
So the lack of Games Workshop fanboyism and painter elitism actually HELPED in this venue.
Of course, exploding zombies is always popular too...
(Zombies from underground grates try to blow up my poor Fire Toads. Durka Durka Romero Jihad.)
So people are asking for more demos so they can give it a shot.
Thus I am building some simple forces for next week if my casino overlords don't have me scheduled to work.
I showed off my UNA, Oni, and Red Blok armies, so this week I will show off my remaining two:
The Therians, commanded by Nina Zero, Atis Astarte, and Sigma Urash. 2000 points in 4 units.
And the Karmans, also with 2000 points of HOT. MONKEY. LOVIN. Also 2K points in 4 units.
But because its a demo and training game I am trying to make it smaller forces as to not overwhelm people or take too long to play.
So let's see how it goes.
But what am I learning of getting new players of the gaming sort?
1: Play multiple times consistently at a PUBLIC gaming venue.
2: Be friendly and welcoming, and willing to answer questions.
3: Keep games smaller and simpler as to not be overwhelming.
4: Be willing to offer interested parties the chance to play, if not this time, the next one.
5: Have plenty of things folks can look at.