What is this place?
SAGA Inc. is the University of Canterbury’s gaming club. According to our constitution, the aim of SAGA is “to encourage the hobby of gaming, including but not limited to role-playing games, wargames, board games, and card games, and to aid its members in the pursuit of these hobbies.” SAGA is a social club where you can meet other people who share the same interests as you.
What do SAGA members do?
SAGA is mainly a roleplaying and board-gaming club, although our members are likely to be into similar hobbies such as wargaming. Twice weekly, we meet to catch up and play games. The length and scope of the RPG can vary depending on what you’re looking for, be it a fun one-off game or a campaign that takes a year or two to complete. The board games vary from 30 minutes or less to all night games. We are also hoping to offer more LARPs this year, both during SAGA meetings, and outside the standard meeting times, such as during MiniCons and over weekends. In addition to our regular, twice weekly meetings, we have MiniCons and other events throughout the year such as our largest gaming weekend, Buckets of Dice, and our LARP convention Phoenix.
Where do you meet?
We will be meeting on the university campus in the Kirkwood block, on Tuesday and Thursday nights through the year. Our standard bookings are for H5, H7 and H8 – any temporary changes will be posted on the facebook page.
What does SAGA provide?
SAGA provides, first and foremost, an opportunity to meet up with gamers, but that’s not all we offer. The club also has a large and growing stock of role-playing and board games available for its members to either play or borrow. We have a Trello board set up so you can request games to be brought to SAGA, or request to borrow games, as well as a Slack for further discussions about games. The committee is always open to suggestions as to new purchases, so if a particular game caught your eye last time you were in the hobby store, feel free to tell us.
How much does it cost?
SAGA’s membership fee is $5 per year. This gets you the following:
- Discounted access to SAGA’s annual convention, Buckets of Dice.
- Licence to attend any SAGA event during the year of membership. (With member fee only expected for Buckets of Dice and Phoenix.)
- Access to SAGA’s board games and roleplaying games. You may borrow these if you wish – see the committee about terms and conditions.
For more information on any of these deals, please talk to a member of the committee.
What events should I look forward to?
In addition to the regular nights, SAGA hosts a number of one-off events. Our annual convention, Buckets of Dice, takes place at Queens Birthday weekend and regularly draws gamers form all over the country. Our annual LARP canvention Phoenix has grown large enough that we have now moved to a camp ground and is also attracting LARPers from all over New Zealand.
Our MiniCons are smaller, friendlier, less structured events designed mainly for SAGA members, with role-playing games usually coordinated through our “Looking for Group” page, and boardgames available throught the Con. There is usually a LARP run one evening. The MiniCons typically take place in the Kirkwood Village, as will most of out other events and are free for SAGA members. A small cost of a gold coin donation per event day attended is asked of non-members.
How do I keep up with the club?
How do I get in contact with you?
Please feel free to email us with any questions, concerns or suggestions: