Welcome to Saturdice!
Saturdice is a monthly board and card game event, organized by a small group of volunteers. We hold this event every second Saturday of the month, from 14:00 until 22:30, in a clubhouse close to the Haarlem NS train station, where everyone is welcome to attend!
What can be expected?
We play a lot of board and card games, but don't expect many traditional games like Risk and Monopoly! You'll see a lot of new games, as well as some not so well known classics. From large and complex boardgames that take hours to play, to simple card games that are played in under twenty minutes. Whichever game you sit down for, you'll likely find people that are happy to explain the game to you.
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 we don't demand that everyone is constantly playing. Plenty of people take a short break after finishing a game to talk to some friends from earlier events, or go 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 entrance fee of 5 euros. You'll also receive 4 coins which you can spend on drinks and snacks. From there on, you are free to enjoy yourself!
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.
In early 2015, we tried searching for new members, and announced our events over Meetup, hoping to gain more members. During the first couple of months since then, the amount of visitors we welcomed each month increased dramatically, and has since then continued to grow at a slow pace. Nowadays, we welcome 25 to 35 visitors per event!
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!
Entrance and prices
- When arriving at the event, visitors must immediately register at the bar, and pay a € 5,- entrance fee. The entrance fee must be paid in cash, preferably in small bills.
- 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 (18+ only): 2 coins or € 1,50
- Tosti (with ham and/or cheese): 1 coin or € 0,75
- French fries: 1 coin or € 0,75
- Fried snack: 1 coin or € 0,75
- Garniture snacks: 1 coin or € 0,75
- The majority of the games available at the event are owned by visitors. Please treat these games with the utmost care and respect. This includes being 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.
- That said, we cannot fully guarantee the safety of your games. Placing your games on the community table is at your own risk. We cannot and will not hold it against you if you do not wish to share.
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 us beforehand.
- Visitors are not allowed to bring their own drinks. This also applies to alcoholic beverages.
- We don't mind other snacks, such as cookies, candy and potato chips.
- For all food, drinks and snacks, please be aware that some of these might make your fingers, with which you'd then be playing games with, greasy. Out of respect for the owner of the game, please do ask if they are okay with your snack!
- The area behind the bar is restricted to staff members only. If there is nobody behind the bar, ask one of the organizers in the venue.
- In accordance with the law, we cannot and will not supply alcohol to minors. We will ask for identification when we're not sure.
- Supplying alcohol to an underage visitor may result in you being asked to leave and not return.
- Smoking inside the building is not allowed. There is a designated smoking corner outside, at the bicycle storage.
- Please refrain from throwing your cigarette butts on the floor! There is an ashtray. If it is missing, please ask an organizer.
- Chairs may only be taken outside with permission from an organizer. Please return the chairs inside again after use!
- Drinks may be taken outside, but please remember to bring glasses back inside.
- Please keep the venue clean.
- 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, but we are only human, and cannot see or notice everything. If there's anything that compromised this goal, please do not hesitate to and let us know.
- If the behavior of one or more visitors becomes disorderly, destructive or unsafe, those visitors 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 about 5 minutes walking from the Haarlem NS train station. To find the location, follow these directions:
- Start at the Haarlem NS train station.
- Leave the station from either passenger tunnel in the north direction (platform 8 side).
- When you exit the station, immediately head left, along the sidewalk.
- When you arrive at the traffic lights, keep heading in the same direction.
- About 30 meter (100 feet) after the traffic lights, there should be an alley to your left, with a gate sporting the NS logo at the end. Enter this alley. (We'll promise not to ambush you and murder you with an axe!)
- Right after passing through the gate, head right and you'll see a white building. Our entrance door is on the right side. Welcome!
The following images picture the route along the way, so you can confirm for yourself 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, pass though either passenger tunnel in the NS station, and follow the directions above.
Not a problem! We have a lot of bicycle stands at the clubhouse itself. Parking is free, but at your own risk. Alternatively, there's a guarded bicycle storage at the NS station.
Sadly, 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 to 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, pass through either passenger tunnel in the NS station, and follow the directions above.
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Frequently asked questions (F.A.Q.)
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.
Is signing up beforehand compulsatory?
No, but we would prefer it if you did, as it helps us make a more accurate estimation of the amount of visitors we can expect. If the event has already started, you can no longer sign up, but you're still welcome to join us.
Do I have to be there from start to finish?
Not at all. We provide you with the opportunity to play boardgames in quite a large time-window, and you're most welcome to join us at any time, to stay for as long as you like inside that window of opportunity. Usually there's a sizable group of visitors that show up right from the get-go, so you usually won't be alone if you'd do so as well.
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 14th of April 2018
- Saturday the 12th of May 2018
- Saturday the 9th of June 2018
- Saturday the 14th of July 2018
- Saturday the 11th of August 2018
- Saturday the 8th of September 2018
- Saturday the 13th of October 2018
- Saturday the 10th of November 2018
- Saturday the 8th of December 2018