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Action Gamers (from left) organiser Ben Gutsell, Jason Skudder and Steven Carson play a Star Wars-based game at the club's weekly game night.

IT’S all a bit of fun, until your Star Wars fighter is shot down.

Then it’s set them up again, and let’s have another go.

Every Wednesday at the Club Southland function rooms, a group of Action Gamers get together to play a variety of advanced board games.

Organiser Ben Gutsell said the games were not your standard board games, but rather more sophisticated ones, some with large-scale, hand-painted models and some straight out of an off-the-shelf box.

The evening was about giving people another alternative to playing games on computers, he said.

“It’s about real people sitting in front of real people playing actual board games.”

Between 20-25 people were at the senior night last Wednesday, which has been running for a year.

Mr Gutsell said similar gaming nights were held in Christchurch and Dunedin, so when he moved down from Christchurch he decided to organise the event down here.

“There are a wide range of games, it’s not simply dice throwing.”

For some, the models, from World War 2 to futuristic and dragons, had to be painted, while others were themed games, such as the Star Wars series, Armada and X-Wing. Others were strategic games, which involved a lot of reading, mathematics and strategies, Mr Gutsell said.

“People can bring along their own games or use the ones which are supplied,” he said.

The evenings had proved so popular that a junior and beginners’ Sunday afternoon Action Gamers had also started recently.

“As well as being for children aged under 16, it is also for beginners or learners… for anyone who wants to learn to play.”

These are held fortnightly, with the next event being held this Sunday, August 13, at Club Southland function rooms, from 2pm-5pm. The cost is $2 per gamer.

For more information, phone or text Ben Gutsell on 022 309 0141.

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