Reading University's Games and Roleplaying Society, affectionately known as GARPS, caters to hobby gaming and roleplaying in all its many flavours, from card and board games, miniature wargames, Live Action roleplay to just good old fashioned desktop roleplay. Every year we help complete newcomers to long-time veterans to enjoy tabletop gaming in all its forms. GARPS provides a wide range of resources to cater to your gaming needs in a relaxed and friendly environment and whatever you want to play, you're certain to find someone else who wants to join you!
Every Monday in HumSS 127 & 128. 7-10pm
Board and Card Games
GARPS has a collection of games that are free for all of our members to use at the weekly sessions! Some of the games in our Board and Card Game library are:
- The Resistance
- Settlers of Catan
- Ticket to Ride
- Betrayal in the House on the Hill
- Forbidden Island
- 5 Magic the Gathering Starter Decks
- Monty Python Fluxx
- and many, many more!!!!
Last updated May 2016- suggestions (and donations) welcome! New range coming soon!
Magic the Gathering fans will find plenty of people to play with at GARPS, with regular members playing many formats, including casual, modern, cube, EDH, and more! Bring your deck or borrow one of ours and play!
If you are interested in miniatures wargaming we have a wide range of scenery for both fantasy and sci-fi wargaming, all of which you are more than welcome to use! We will also arrange demo games of any of these systems on request no matter your level of wargaming expertise (just post on our Facebook group and we'll arrange everything):
Live-Action Roleplay (LARP)
The Society has an armoury of LARP weapons and costume that are free for any of our members to borrow for our LARP events. Following the success of the previous year's LARP sessions, they will be continuing from 12-2pm on Saturdays, at the rear of the students union. Whether you are an experienced larper with magical items and many tales of great victories past, or a beginner wielding your rusty iron sword for the very first time, everyone is welcome to come and join in with the unique experience of LARPing.
Other Benefits of Joining GARPS
There are a load of other awesome benefits to joining GARPS:
- We're one of the cheapest societies to join. Our membership fee is only £5 for the whole year.
- We have no hidden costs. Once you've payed the membership fee, you can play as many of our board games, use as much of our terrain and attend as many meetings as you like!
- We have an arranged discount with our local gaming retailer; Eclectic Games . All society members will receive a GARPS membership card that gives them 10% off all board games, RPG sourcebooks and models when you go into town and buy from Eclectic Games.
- We are also arranging a society discount with our local LARP supplier; A2 Supplies. All you have to do is pay the money to GARPS for the items you want to purchase, and we will order, collect and bring the items to a society meeting for you to collect. All at a 10%-20% discount!
The exact discount amount is dependent on how large our order is. The more people purchase things, the cheaper it gets for everyone!
So if you're not already convinced that GARPS is the best society on campus, why not drop into a meeting and try it out, post on our facebook page to find a gaming partner or look for us at the Freshers' Fair in September! (We're easy to spot, just look for someone wearing armour!)