(Gillette, Wyo.) Magic is in the air -- or, rather, on the table -- every Tuesday night at the Campbell County Public Library. About two years ago, married couple Casey and Mike Mondle started a tabletop gaming group for adults
in the Gillette area. It's a place for anyone interested to participate in
different card or board games. You can bring your own set from home or jump
in with an ongoing game supplied by the club, like Magic: The Gathering,
Shadowhunters, or Settlers of Catan.
The Gillette club has grown to include almost 50 residents, about a third
of them mine workers. Most of their members are new to the area. Gaming,
says the Mondles, is the quickest way to meet people when you're just
moving to town. They only arrived in Gillette three years ago themselves.
"No matter your background, you can meet people with the same interests as
you," says Casey.
"Everyone can do this together, there are no barriers or differences, just
the game rules," added Mike.
Since the group meets Tuesdays, they've lost a few of their more dedicated
gamers to shift changes at the mine. Now, around half a dozen people show
up on any given night. Sometimes a family of three comes in late to play
together with other people.
Their most popular games include Ticket to Ride and Lords of Waterdeep, a
Dungeons & Dragons board game. The group has a working relationship
& Dugouts , the card shop
"We send them a lot of business from people looking to expand their
collection," said Carey. "They in turn send people our way who are looking
for other people to play."
Tabletop Gaming At The Library happens every Tuesday night from 5:30pm to
8pm in library Pioneer Room 1.
*Feature photo: Group co-founder Mike Mondle teaches Evan Bruce how to play
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