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Board Gaming Club promotes more than fun and games at GRCC

The Board Gaming Club's president, Daniel Brechting playing the game Photosynthesis during one of the club's weekly meetings. (Tessa Osborne/The Collegiate)

By Tessa Osborne

In room number 55 on floor G2 of the Main Building at Grand Rapids Community College, the student led Board Gaming Club gathers to play anything from role playing games to party games. The group meets regularly at 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays to play.

Daniel Brechting, 19, of Sparta is the president of the Board Gaming Club. When it comes to his experience with GRCC, he feels there’s a disconnect between students and student organizations on campus.

“I feel like people just come to (GR)CC to get their classes out of the way, then they go home and it’s kind of a like glorified high school where they don’t really interact with a lot of people,” Brechting said.

Brechting thinks that the Board Gaming Club offers something different from a strictly commuter school experience. The Board Gaming Club offers a place for students to stay at school and make connections with their classmates.

Josie Disselkoen, 20, of Grandville has been a part of the Board Gaming Club since the fall semester of 2017.

Disselkoen is thankful for the Board Gaming Club and has enjoyed meeting new people during her time at GRCC.

“I made a couple friends in (my) classes, but I feel like this (club) has been a good opportunity to get to know people better,” Disselkoen said.

The Board Gaming Club is a big social aspect for the students that are involved in it. Most of the friends that these students have at GRCC are from the club itself. Some of the games the students connect over include Photosynthesis, Azul, Monopoly and Coup. They also play big party games like Cards Against Humanity.

“Yeah, we’re edgy,” Brechting added.

The Board Gaming Club also plays Dungeons and Dragons which is segmented into a completely separate event. The club meets on Wednesdays to play Dungeons and Dragons because it is such a lengthy game and is based on a continuous story. Dungeons and Dragons is a fun game for attendees because it allows students to be creative when writing the story. The group usually meets from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday to play Dungeons and Dragons.

Students are able to join The Board Gaming Club by going to their Raider Connect Page.