Friday, 4 June 2010

The view from Arkham

Well, some of you may know a new gaming centre has opened up in Northern Ireland.  It is called Arkham Gaming Centre and it is based in the idyllic village of Gleno (or Glenoe, whenever the Stars are right!)

So what is it all about?

Arkham is about providing a safe space for gamers of all ages to come, enjoy the atmosphere, play games, learn new games and teach others.

It is based in what used to be an ice cream factory on the edge of Larne.  This has provided the opportunity for the creation of Arkham with one large room already in use and another, even bigger room being tidied up for more fun.

There are a few staff (all volunteers - including myself) and a few 'inmates' that can not always be there or can not commit to much time but want to help out.  We want to make Arkham work and expand and we are in the middle of organising a number of activities for people of all ages to take part in.

I will try to interview a few of the guys to get their angle on the Arkham vision in the next few weeks.

For me it has opened up opportunities for me to really take part in the hobby i love so much.  And before anyone says it is not all about toy soldiers!  Many of the competencies, skills and abilities we use every day are reflected in boardgames, card games, roleplaying games and tabletop warfare games.  Indeed the challenges found in these games reflect directly back to how we employ our experience and skills within the work environment such as prioritisation, information analysis, change management, decision making, strategic thinking, and tactical implementation.  This is especially applicable to those within all levels of management.

Hmmm, that gives me an idea.............

In the meantime you can follow Arkham's exploits and keep up to date with what is going on on its Facebook site
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