The term ‘gaming’ when used in this context does not refer to gambling, or any pastime that involves betting money. For us, “gaming” is a group of different hobbies which share some common links: it’s about having fun, it’s social and it’s a good break from the day-to-day of the real world. Outisde of that, there is some contention over what counts as gaming and what doesn’t! The Irish Games Association is primarily involved in organising events involving non-electronic gaming: Boardgames, Collectible Card Games, Tabletop Roleplaying, Live Action Roleplaying and Wargaming.
There have been many misconceptions about gaming in the past, ranging from accusations of devil-worshipping or black magic to people thinking of it in terms of sexual roleplay. While we’ve no objection to the latter, it’s not something we allow at our family-friendly events… and the former couldn’t be further from the truth. Roleplaying is simply a social pastime, based on storytelling and imagining yourself as a character within the story. Wargaming is tactical competition; like a more complicated version of Chess. Collectible Card Games are… a bit more complicated to explain. There’s a decent article about them on Wikipedia. None of these things have any dark, sorcerous or malevolent undertones – it’s all about people meeting up with their friends and having fun.