Spotlight: Chess & Games

Each week we put a “spotlight” on an aspect of student life at Cornell, whether it be opportunities, resources or just people on campus. This week, we’re featuring the long-standing student organization, Chess & Games, in a post written by the “C&G  Scribes.”

If you listen closely on some Friday nights on campus, you can hear a faint, indistinct noise like dozens of people talking and laughing all at once. It’s the kind of thing you hear at carnivals, at conventions, anywhere that brings a smile to the faces of many.

It’s the sound of fun.

If you venture closer, you might find an entire room full of people playing a wide spectrum of games. Some have cards, some have boards, some have both, and some have neither. Games that are obscure and popular party games both turn up frequently when these people get together and pull out all the stops. In quieter areas, others take up pencils and pens and create worlds all their own that are dictated by the roll of the dice.

A large, inclusive community comes together to play these games with one another in an effort to de-stress, enjoy themselves, meet new people, make new friends, and enjoy college to the fullest. They don’t ask who you are or why you’re here. All they ask is, “Do you want to play a game with us?”

This is Chess and Games. For 40 years, our mission has been to bring games to the campus of Cornell and to facilitate growth and community through having fun together. Whether you like games played with traditional decks of cards, a PlayStation 4 controller, or anything in between, we’ve got something you’ll enjoy. If you don’t know what you like, we’re more than happy to share our games with you and let you figure it out for yourself.

Chess and Games, or C&G, has made it easy for people to connect over things they enjoy. No matter the game, you can find at least one other person who knows about it or is at least willing to learn about it and get involved. We feature gaming info sessions so you can learn how to play new games, game nights at Cole Library, costume parties, a club-wide winter celebration, and an entire self-hosted mini-convention dedicated to gaming.

We feature a variety of people with a variety of interests, and we’d love for you to join us in the fun.

You can check this organization–and many more–out at the Student Involvement Fair the first Friday of Block 1.  More info