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magicandstuff
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 5:59 pm    Post subject: Vancouver Island Reply with quote

Anyone in the Nanaimo/Victoria/Duncan area? Moving here in a month or so.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 11:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Vancouver Island Reply with quote

magicandstuff wrote:
Anyone in the Nanaimo/Victoria/Duncan area? Moving here in a month or so.


I'm nowhere near there.

But since it's really boring at work right now . . .

I googled the area and found that it seems to be semi-rural - like my general area - but with an even lower population density.

So based on my experience here over the past several years, I would say that your best bet for finding gamers will be around the university in Nanaimo. I say this because the Vancouver Island University seems to have a student body within the same order of magnitude as the University of Tennessee Knoxville (~20,000 versus UTK's ~28,000). And close around UTK is where 90%+ of the gamers here seem to live and/or work/attend classes.

So . . . still being bored . . .

I next googled the VIU Student Union. While there is no RPG club listed, the blurb which heads the "General Interest Club" tab includes "these clubs range in size and purpose from small groups of students interested in Japanese anime and gaming to . . ." So apparently there was a gaming club of some description in the past, at least as recently as when the website was first put up in 2010*. Since Anthropology, Arts, Chess and Geography clubs are among those currently listed on the site, perhaps the fallow ground has become fertile enough to re-start a gaming group?

Unfortunately, while the website says that the Group Resources tab contains "all the files and information necessary to start and maintain a club" it's actually totally empty of content. So apparently nobody's tried to start a new club lately (at least not by using this website). This isn't too surprising, since the site's Events Calendar is also totally empty. It seems that the Student Union actually exists (electronically) only on social media. And I'm totally confused by those things, so I'm afraid you're on your own there. Wink

On the plus side, the student newspaper (The Navigator) seems quite active. It actually has a dead-tree issue remaining for the current (spring) semester, with an ad deadline of March 30 and cost for a business card sized ad of $50. The paper also maintains a website, with a banner ad there costing the same $50.

Main paper site: http://www.thenav.ca
Ad rate sheet: http://www.thenav.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/navRateSheet_vol46.pdf

I hope this helps!

Think I'll go watch a TV show on hulu.com, now . . . Cool

*I get 2010 as the creation date of the current version of the website from the copyright notice at the bottom of the home page. Of course, the text blurps could date from much earlier and someone may have been too lazy to update them from an older version. But I'm willing to give those doubtlessly-now-long-gone student volunteers the benefit of the doubt on accuracy, at least for the initial posting and immediately-subsequent corrections.
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