Welcome to Saturdice!
Saturdice is a monthly board and card game event, organized by a small group of volunteers. We host this event every second Saturday of the month, from 14:00 until 22:30. The event is located in a clubhouse close to the Haarlem train station, where everyone is welcome to attend!
What can be expected?
We play a wide variety of board and card games. You'll notice a lot of modern games hitting the tables, but also the occasional classic. These range from large, complex games that can last several hours, to small games that are over and done within twenty minutes.
Not very experienced with board games? No problem! Plenty of games are easy to pick up. Games are often explained at the start, because there are usually a couple of players new to the game.
We own a growing collection of games which are available for all to play. In addition, quite a few visitors bring their own games, providing a wide selection of games available for play. What games you play, and whom you play them with is entirely up to you. Of course, there are plenty of opportunities to take a short break to talk to other visitors, or head outside for a quick smoke.
How do I join?
When you arrive, you're expected to sign in at the bar. This is where you'll pay the € 5,- entrance fee. Please note: The entrance fee can only be paid in cash. (There are several ATMs at the station.) You'll also receive 4 coins which you can spend on food and drinks. From there on, you are free to enjoy the event!
Saturdice is run by a small team of volunteers who enjoy playing a variety of tabletop games. Once a month, we come together in Haarlem for an afternoon filled with cards, dice and tokens.
In order to keep this running, we ask a small entry fee, which we use to cover financial expenses, such as rent and website costs. Any surplus will go towards expanding the selection of games that Saturdice has available for these events.
Meet the team:
'Together with some others, I've been one of the longest standing veterans to this version of the event along with earlier iterations. Personally, I've always joined not just for the boardgame aspects, but also the social aspect of the whole thing. For me, it has always been such an enjoyable experience that I try to make it a point to not miss any events.'
'Through friends I was invited to Saturdice (Formerly known as the SpellenVereninging, and afterwards known as the Board game group SV on Meetup).
To me it was a great way to meet likeminded people, and to get out of the house at least once a month. Nowadays you'll be able to find me behind the bar, and If you have any questions ever, feel free to contact me!'
'A fervent fan of board and card games, I enjoy the combination of game activities with the social aspect of being with friends and like-minded people. Owning a reasonably sized game collection, I prefer the longer strategy games that last several hours, but also enjoys smaller games, especially to break the ice. The Saturdice meets are a fixed appointment in my agenda, with very little causing me to miss an event.
I also occasionally organize other events at the Meetup group, as well as attend most of the events hosted by others. Other than board and card games, I also enjoy tabletop RPGs, game mastering a weekly Pathfinder campaign, and playing in a monthly Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e campaign.'
The event's earliest incarnation was around 2006. Back then, it was hosted in the clubhouse of the Haarlem Allotment Association WZZO. Around 2009, the venue was no longer available to us, and we were forced to seek another location. For a while, we met up in small groups at people's homes, but it just wasn't the same.
Late 2009, we found a new venue, the Haarlem NS clubhouse, which has been home to our events up to the current day. While the new location initially caused for a healthy amount of members, this dwindled over the years, and eventually became a small but devoted group of friends.
Early 2015, we tried searching for new members, and announced our events over Meetup. This has resulted in a large and active group of visitors.
The goal of Saturdice is to provide a fun, friendly, approachable, and safe experience for both ourselves and our visitors. To ensure this, we've established some house rules, which we expect our visitors to follow. Visitors who do not comply with these rules may be asked to leave the event. We reserve the right to adjust the house rules when necessary. Thank you for your cooperation!
- When arriving at the event, visitors are required to register at the bar, and pay a € 5,- entrance fee. Please note: The entrance fee can only be paid in cash. (There are several ATMs at the station.)
- After paying the entrance fee, visitors receive 4 coins, which they can spend on snacks and drinks. Visitors may purchase additional coins, or purchase additional snacks and drinks directly.
|Coffee, tea, hot water||1 coin or € 0,75|
|Juices, soft drinks||2 coins or € 1,50|
|Beer, wine||2 coins or € 1,50|
|Tosti (ham and/or cheese)||1 coin or € 0,75|
|French fries||1 coin or € 0,75|
|Fried snacks||1 coin or € 0,75|
|Garniture snacks||1 coin or € 0,75|
- A lot of the games available at the event are owned by visitors. Therefore we ask visitors to treat these games with the utmost care and respect. Please be mindful of food and drink stains. The community-sharing aspect is near and dear to us, and we will do our best to safeguard this practice.
- Do not take games outside, without the approval of the game's owner. For games that belong to Saturdice itself, ask an organizer for approval.
- We cannot guarantee the safety of your games. Placing your games on the community table is at your own risk. We will not hold it against you if you prefer not to place your games on the table.
Food and drinks
- We prefer it when visitors do not bring their own food. We're pretty lenient, and don't mind making exceptions, but please do consult with us.
- Visitors are not allowed to bring their own drinks. This also applies to alcoholic beverages. Selling beverages is part of our agreement with the establishment.
- We don't mind other snacks, such as cookies, candy and potato chips.
- We ask visitors to keep in mind that snacks or drinks may leave stains on tables, cards and other components. When in doubt, ask the owner of the game.
- The area behind the bar is restricted to staff members only. If the bar is unstaffed, feel free to tap an organizer on the shoulder, and we'll gladly help you out!
- In accordance with the law, we cannot and will not supply alcohol to minors. When in doubt, we will ask for identification.
- Sharing alcohol with underage visitors will result in you being asked to leave and not return.
- Smoking inside the building is not allowed. There is a designated smoking area outside, in the bicycle storage.
- Please don't throw your cigarette butts on the floor! There is an ashtray. If it is missing, please ask an organizer.
- Please keep the venue clean. When you're done with a game, please return any empty bottles and glasses to the bar, and deposit any trash in the bin next to the bar.
- Drinks may be taken outside, but please return bottles, glasses and trash back inside.
- Chairs may only be taken outside with permission from an organizer. Please return the chairs inside again after use.
- While not an official rule, please use your common sense when outside. We haven't received any noise complaints yet, and we would like to keep it that way.
- We aim to provide a fun, friendly, approachable, and safe experience. However, we're only human and cannot see or notice everything. If the event did not go as it should have, please do not hesitate to and let us know.
- If the behavior of a visitor becomes disorderly, destructive, or unsafe, he or she will be asked to leave.
- Theft will not be tolerated. We will contact law enforcement should the need arise.
The location does not have a proper address, but it is relatively easy to find. It is a 5 minute walk from the Haarlem NS train station. To find the location, follow these directions (or check the images listed further below):
- Start at the Haarlem NS train station.
- Leave the station from either passenger tunnel in the north direction (platform 8 side).
- Don't cross the road, but stay on the sidewalk and head left, keeping the station on your left hand side.
- Cross the road that heads into the tunnel, and continue heading in the same direction.
- About 30 meter (100 feet) after crossing the road, there should be an alley to your left. During our events, a Saturdice sign will be present here. Enter this alley.
- After passing through the gate, immediately head to your right.
- You'll see a white building, as well as a bicycle storage on your right. Our entrance door is on the right side. Welcome!
The following images depict the route, so you can confirm that you are on the right track (click to enlarge them):
The bus stops are on the south side of the NS station. After exiting the bus, walk around the NS station, and follow the directions above.
Not a problem. We have a lot of bicycle stands at the clubhouse itself. Parking here is free, but at your own risk. Alternatively, there's a guarded bicycle storage at the NS station.
Unfortunately, there's no on-site parking. You may be able to park your car across the street, but there's a decent chance that most spots have already been taken.
We recommend you park your car at Parkeergarage Stationsplein instead. The car park is on the south side of the NS station. When you leave the parking garage, walk around the NS station, and follow the directions above.
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Frequently asked questions (F.A.Q.)
Is it required to sign up beforehand?
No, but we would appreciate it if you did. This helps us estimate the amount of visitors we can expect. If the event has already started, the sign ups are closed (due to technical reasons), but you're still welcome to join us.
Where are the entrance fees being directed?
The entrance fees primarily cover expenses, such as rent and website fees. Our goal is to keep the event affordable for everyone. We keep a small margin to ensure we can cover our expenses. Any incidental excess is spent on additional games to be played at the event.
Do I have to be present from start to finish?
Not at all. Our doors are open from 14:00 until 22:30, during which you are free to come and go. Quite a few visitors start their first game at the beginning of the event, but new games are started throughout the day.
Should I bring my own boardgames?
We encourage everyone to bring their own boardgames. Our goal is to keep this event as low-cost as possible, and therefore, we're not looking to make a profit. Any 'accidental profit' goes into a fund to buy boardgames for the event. We have a small, but growing group of boardgames that are owned by the event that are meant to be played by the visitors. This is however not enough to keep the entire group of visitors occupied. This means we are dependant on visitors bringing their own games.
What about people that don't own games?
Bringing games is not at all mandatory. Usually, the people that bring games tend to bring more than one. This means that in regular circumstances, there's a big surplus of games.
Do you also play collectible card or miniature games?
Games like Magic the Gathering, Pokemon, or Warhammer at these events aren't unheard of, but this may not be the most suitable venue for those games. They are definitely not banned, but it might simply not be the right time and place for them.
Do you also play roleplaying games?
The atmosphere is not particularly suited for roleplaying games such as Dungeons and Dragons. However, several people created their own roleplaying group from people they met on our events
Are there bathrooms on the premises?
Yes. Please be considerate of the staff, since we are the ones who need to clean them at the end of the event.
Is the venue wheelchair friendly?
For the most part, yes. There is a bit of a step at the entrance, but it should not be too hard to get over the threshold, with or without help. The rest of the venue is on an even floor, with enough space in between the tables to maneuver a wheelchair around. Unfortunately, there is no specific disabled toilet, only the regular ones. Please also note that because we don't have parking space, we cannot offer special parking places.
Are dogs allowed to visit Saturdice?
Unfortunately, dogs (and other pets) are not allowed.
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Welcome to Saturdice
We are a small but growing group of people who enjoy playing a variety of boardgames. Once a month, we get together in Haarlem for an afternoon filled with cards, dice, and tokens.
- Saturday the 8th of September 2018
- Saturday the 13th of October 2018
- Saturday the 10th of November 2018
- Saturday the 8th of December 2018