ArkInRev, thank you for taking the time to address these things. I'll give my responses to each, if there is need of it- just so you can understand my frame of mind and that of my club members.
1- Must be 21 or older. Club preference, but personally, I'm not a fan of exclusionary policies. Feels bad to tell a kid that picks up Battle of Vedros that they can't play. Keeping it adult is fine if it works for the club.
Well, it is intended to be exclusive. I don't feel comfortable opening my home and investing this much money into stuff to just anyone. I've had things stolen in the past, I've had my home cased, etc. But, as for the age requirement- I have a house full of booze, and a Kegerator. Back in 2003 a young 19-year-old stole a bottle of booze from me, went and did something incredibly stupid and dangerous
and then told the military police (I was in the Marines at the time) that I 'gave it to him'. NCIS shows up- because what he did was that stupid.
So the age thing is to legally protect everyone in the house, and we all kind of agree on it.
2- Must provide at least one piece of scenery. This is the method that the club chose to have scenery, but personally, and especially if I am paying into it, I want the club to provide....
Well, this is kind of where I'd point to the GW scenery on my table and the table itself and say it was provided, but we're wanting everyone to contribute -something- to the gaming experience to keep things interesting. It's just my way of asking for help.
3- Must conduct one game out in the wild (At GW or a FLGS). Helps recruit. Fine rule, but not easy to enforce.
Usually we go as a group to a few places after lunch on a Saturday to see what's kicking.
4- No Politics. Better to rephrase to something that encourages conversation to be about gaming. Religion, sex, movie spoilers, etc. can also be great points of contention. Keep the focus on the game. That's more of a 'host' problem.
Well, the idea is that also this group- we want people to be able to voice any issues they have or personal problems. Part of the reason for the dues is just in case something bad happens we can always pool it together, take the money, and help someone. We're not just in it for the games, we're in it for the spirit of gaming.
6- No children. Personal taste ruling, but most of the people that I play with have children. Excluding them doesn't encourage the hobby (non-infant) so I don't agree with the general direction here.
Like I said, my home isn't equipped for the safety and entertainment of children. Plus, they're a distraction to most players in my experience. Nearly every single player in our now 7-man club has agreed that the unruly children in our FLGS's are the main reason that a private gaming club is needed. I don't hate kids, many of the guys have kids- being a parent comes first in my book, but I can't let it affect other players.
7- Dues are a 'monthly sum'. Personal taste. I'd rather each player brought $70 of new painted minis a month rather than turn it in. Amount may vary, but fundamentally, the cost of gaming should be addressed somehow. Reference the terrain comments above.
No, we all combine our money to reach a $70.00 goal. It covers food, soda, the electricity from running a heater/fan and the lights in the garage.
9- No models that are completely third-party, recasts, or 3d Prints. I'd be concerned about excluding scratch build, or 3-d prints that the player modeled. I still consider that scratch. (Forget IP infringement discussion.) I encourage scratch build in my group. Some people like to sculpt and model, more than just a bitz conversions. Rules curbing artistic endeavor are problematic for me.
I specified this rule to basically be 'no bullshit on the table'. If someone's laid down a piss-poor imitation Baneblade or something similar, that's a hell of a lot different than a customized Warboss or IG Commander.
10- No dice cast on the table. Scatter Dice - Not a fan of this rule. Maybe better for me would be "Control your dice, you're grown-ass men!" Be responsible players. Treat the hard work that others have put into models and the terrain with a little bit of respect.
I should have refined this to state that scatters were legit on the table. One of my secret concerns here is losing dice- the dog thinks that anything colorful on the floor is a Skittle so he tries to eat it. All our house dice are bright colors and differently colored (for different weapons, etc).
But we use a lot of scenery, so it's just easier to do my room service cart tray.