So you’ve arrived at (probably) the best university in the world, and you want your gaming fix while you’re here. Don’t worry, Exeter has many societies to help make sure that that itch is scratched. If you want any information about any of the societies click the title of the society, this will take you through to the society’s guild page.
Known for their weekly fun-filled arcade sessions consisting of the best nostalgic throwback games of the past few decades, Retro Games Society is the place to be if you want to meet fellow gamers studying at the University. You’ll get to meet likeminded people, travel back to a simpler time of polygons and pixels, and experience titles such as Star Wars Battlefront II, TowerFall, and Crash Team Racing. The society also organises the occasional movie night to watch such videogame related movies as Wreck It Ralph and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
The Exeter Pokémon Society celebrates Pokémon in all of its forms. Whether you’re an experienced trainer or merely a rookie wandering around playing Pokémon Go, veteran of the main series games or fan of the anime, Pokémon Society is the place for you! This year they plan to host events such as 3DS tournaments, movie showings, Pokémon GO pub crawls and an event to coincide with the midnight release of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon in November. This fresher’s week the society is planning to have a casual meet-and-greet, a scavenger hunt, a showing of Pokémon: The First Movie and to then to go out in style with a Pokémon GO Pub Crawl.
If you’re interest in gaining and insight into and possibly becoming a part of the fast paced emerging field of e-Sports, then e-Sports society may just be the place for you. From Overwatch and Rocket League to Heroes of the Storm and even the occasional fundraising LAN party it’s all here for you to get stuck into. The society is also part of the National University e-Sports League (NUEL) and often sends teams to compete in official competitions. If the big leagues aren’t for you though, there are also frequent social sessions featuring both online and offline games.
Who said that games have to be all about fancy high definition displays and button mashing? With the Games Society members get the opportunity to do away with all the modern annoyances of the video game industry and instead focus on board games, card games, and roleplaying games. Playing games can be a very isolated experience, but with the Games Society, games help to promote social links between students and local players. Meeting on a weekly basis and featuring games such as Dungeons and Dragons and A Game of Thrones, the more traditional gaming sessions held by the society really can be a great way to unwind and socialise.
How’s your poker face? Do you know your straight flush from your royal flush? If you’ve always wanted to get into the game of poker but never ended up getting round to it, or if you’re a seasoned pro looking to put your poker face to the test, then the Poker Society have you covered. The society – which welcomes players of all skill levels – holds a casual weekly £5 buy in tournament as its main event but there is also a poker league which awards members who do consistently well in these tournaments, and the chance to get to travel to the UK Student Poker Championship.
Chess: the game of kings. Played for over a thousand years by millions of people across the world, the game can best be summed up as easy to easy to pick up, difficult to master, and even harder to put down. With the Chess Society members can spend time socialising through friendly matches, honing their skills through competitive battle, and even working towards representing the University on the society’s official team. You don’t have to be a grand master though, the society welcomes players of all skill levels.
Ok, so this one isn’t a society, BUUUUT they are super useful. Located in the forum, the Student Information Desk will be your main port of call for any technical or general problems you may have during your time at the University. Whether it’s as simple as the Wi-Fi not working on your devices or a lost student card as a result of a night out on the town, SID will do their best to help you. During term time the desk is open 8am – 8pm, Monday – Friday, and 10am – 3pm, Saturday. The desk can also be reached through telephone (0300 555 0444)