About us

The Illini Metagamers is a club for anyone who loves any game that can be played on a table [and then some]. We have a large focus on board games (such as Shadowhunters, or Sentinels, or Pandemic), card games (such as Magic the Gathering), RPGs (such as D&D or Pathfinder), and tabletop miniatures games (such as Warhammer and Warmahordes), but anyone can feel free to bring anything to play. Everything we do is very casual. We're also very new-player friendly! No experience is required for any of our games/events! There will always be someone to help you out and guide you along so that you can start having fun as quick as possible. 

Game nights are held at 7pm every Saturday in the English Building atrium on the lower floor. 

We also host a club-wide, year-long RPG campaign, run by members of the club. It's for new and experienced players alike, designed to be an opportunity for everyone to come together to play, exploring new systems and ideas. 

Our club Discord server is https://discord.gg/Am3XHFj.


Spring One Shot Night

Once again we will be holding a One Shot Night to open the semester this weekend of February 1st! Games will start shortly after 2:00; and will wrap up before Game Night, at which point you're either free to continue your one shot, run another one, or play ordinary board games.

One-shots are excellent opportunities to learn about playing RPG's, experience short stories normally unsuitable for a full campaign, experiment with interesting mechanical options, and try out systems or games you might not have heard of before! It is also an opportunity for GM's taking on players this semester to present their games to potential new players!

One-Shot: Nightshift

Facilitators: Derek

System: Custom Nightshift System. Rules Posted Below.

Block: Afternoon, 2:30 – 6:30 PM

Players: 3-5

Description: Back at it again at your local Stop-N-Gas. Work is as (deadly) boring as usual. Just trying to (survive) get through the night shift yet again. Maybe this time Management will (answer your prayers) get off your back. Let’s just hope the bathroom doesn’t (open into hell) need cleaning again. It's too bad (we own you) you really need this job. Fuck the dayshift. 


One-Shot: Shadowrun in the Sprawl

Facilitators: Emily

System: Shadowrun

Block: Afternoon, 2:30 – 6:30 PM

Players: 4-5

Description: "Some Ares Macrotech suit wants us to pull off a dataheist for them- get the crew together. Check your mags, charge up your drones, and summon some spirits- because it might get loud. And watch your back- we don't want a repeat of the Wuxing gig, do we?"


One-Shot: Aldiin

Facilitators: Devin

System: Custom d20

Block: Evening, 7:00 - 11:00 PM

Players: Max 6

Description : 100 years into the 6th era, the Great Bestial Boom, a long period of Economic and Cultural prosperity for Eastern Aldiin is in full swing; the youth of the times spending their time and money reveling in the wonders of the new age. At the heart of the early 6th era is disco, a new trend of dance and party that, after the past 70 years in popular culture, appears here to stay. The party begins as revelers in the country of Nymphos, at the harbor city of Myz’radynn, known around the Eastern world as “Boogie Wonderland”. Through circumstance, career path, or even morbid curiosity, the adventurers find themselves acting as drug smugglers, whose mark meets them in a local dance club. Though a substantial amount of countries in the Human Economic Bloc are under strict blockade of goods and contraband from the south, there are many paths that can be taken on their assignment, including through the perilous yet rewarding “Holiday Road”. Over the span of many days, and many miles of travel, these intrepid adventurers are out to show the world how to get down. I will be running a homebrew system that I made for this setting in particular, made to be modular for setting while having basic RPG mechanics and little rolls. I will only require players to spend some time before the game to familiarize themselves with basic lore which I will provide and build a quick character sheet they can use in game for builds, writing skills, and to keep track of health, items, groove and money. The system is extremely narrative and storytelling based, with less emphasis on combat and mechanics in place of mutual story crafting and simple rolls for deciding actions. 


One-Shot: Varos

Facilitators: Colin

System: D&D 5e

Block: Evening, 7:00 – 11:00 PM

Players: Max 6

Description: Hey adventurer! You want to make some quick gold? Stop by the job board and see what suits you. Is it necromancers in the forest you’re looking to kill? Fae in the woods you looking to make terrible decisions talking too? Strange portals to the Outer Realms you want to touch? Whatever it is you're looking to kill yourself doing, you’re sure to find it in the Valley.


One-Shot: Do We Know No Fear?

Facilitators: Katherine

System: Only War [Warhammer 40k FFG RPG, Imperial Guard]

Block: Afternoon [2:30-6:30]

Players: Max 6

Description: Heroism is never as easy as the Regimental Standard says it is. Remember, Orks are small and stupid, and easily overpowered by a well-trained Guardsman.

posted by the Metagamers officers on Thursday, January 30, 2020

Throne of Eldraine Prerelease

As you are no doubt aware [you might be one of them!], a significant number of our members play Magic: the Gathering.

If you are interested in participating in the Prerelease for Throne of Eldraine, we will be going as a group and arranging transport to the 12:00 Saturday event at Titan Games! There are normal play and 2-Headed Giant at the event; It'll be fun to compete with your friends!

Make sure to register for the event [and pay your registration fee] early, slots for these events fill quickly, and then contact us so we can plan to get people there.

  • Magic: the Gathering
  • Prerelease
  • Carpooling
posted by the Metagamers officers on Wednesday, September 18, 2019


If you enjoyed One Shot Day and want more, or even if one shots aren't really your speed and you're looking more for massive games like Axis and Allies and Imperial Assault, never fear, for METACON is on the horizon!

Metacon is our largest club event of the year, spanning two whole days of board games, roleplaying, and fun! There will be more exciting one shots, and many of the more intense board games will be brought out for their once-a-semester spin! The event will occur over the weekend of October 5th and 6th, with afternoon and evening slots for activities.

In addition, Metacon serves as our club's semesterly fundraiser in the form of a wide variety of home-made baked goods, processed food, and in the evening, pizza, for sale, the profits of which go towards paying for more events and games for you to enjoy!

Expect to see more information in the coming weeks as our GM's prepare their material and the big games are dusted off, so stay tuned!

  • Metacon
  • Baked Goods
  • Pizza
  • One Shot
posted by the Metagamers officers on Sunday, September 8, 2019

Tuesday Game Club Campaign Chargen

This is the first chargen night for Club Campaign! If you're wanting to be in Tuesday Game (run by Colin, characters being a part of the magical FBI), try and come to this chargen session. If you can't make it today, there will be more on Wednesday and Thursday! Also feel free to come if you're wanting to be a part of Wednesday or Thursday and can't make those games! There is info about chargen posted on the Club Campaign Discord if you want to get a head start. Should we finish all chargen quick enough, we may even have a short mini intro session!

  • Club Campaign
posted by the Metagamers officers on Tuesday, September 3, 2019

One Shot Night [Afternoon]

One-shots are excellent opportunities to learn about playing RPG's, experience short stories normally unsuitable for a full campaign, experiment with interesting mechanical options, and try out systems or games you might not have heard of before!

While nothing stops someone who wants to from running one shots at regular game nights, on Saturday, September 7th, we will be hosting an afternoon and evening of one-shots to introduce new members to role-playing and give experienced members new and interesting gaming experiences. Games will start shortly after noon; and will wrap up before Game Night, at which point you're either free to continue your one shot, run another one, or play ordinary board games.

The GM's who will be running game starting at 12:00 will be:
Colin: D&D, max. 6 players
Noah: D&D, max. 8 players
Brendan: Masks, max. 5 players
Dalton: Ten Candles, max. 6 players
Raghava: Trophy, max. 6 players
Owen: Monster of the Week, max. 4 players*

The GM's who will be running game in the evening, starting at Game Night [7:00], will be:
Colin: TBD, max. TBD players
Katherine: Deathwatch, max. 5 players**
Brendan: Blades in the Dark, max. 5 players

*Parties interested in Monster of the Week should contact Owen for details about character generation beforehand at 3:30pm on Friday.
**If there are more players than spaces, this will be changed to a different game in order to accommodate everybody.

  • One Shots
  • New Player
  • Game night
posted by the Metagamers officers on Thursday, August 29, 2019

First Game Night!

Held in the English Building Atrium. Bring your games and gaming spirit! 

Club Campaign will be announced again for anyone who wasn't at the Ice Cream Social. GMs will be there to answer any questions you might have! 

If you have an RPG campaign/game you would like to advertise, we will also have time for that here!

Hope to see you there!

  • Game night
posted by the Metagamers officers on Sunday, August 18, 2019

Ice Cream Social

Hello All! We will be having our ice cream social on Wednesday, August 28 at 7pm in the English Building atrium. Come eat ice cream, talk to new and returning club members, and learn more about this year's Club Campaign from our three wonderful GMs!

  • New Members
posted by the Metagamers officers on Sunday, August 18, 2019

Quad day!

Hey guys! The semester is going to start soon, which means Quad Day is just around the corner!

It's a very important day for us, since we will be on the Quad showcasing the club to new and current students. Every year we have members sign up to work the booth, talking to people about what we do, when we meet, and how they should join. We would appreciate it if some of you could help out! Here's the form.

Quad day goes from noon to 4 pm on Sunday, August 25, so we've sectioned the signup in hourly sets. We also don't know the location of our booth until we get there, so I'll be sure to post it here once we do. Also, if there's somebody you know in the club who isn't on the Discord server, we would appreciate it if you sent them the form so they could attend. Hope to see some of you guys there!

  • New Members
posted by the Metagamers officers on Saturday, August 10, 2019

Club picnic!

Hey all! Reminder that our club picnic is tonight starting at 5! There will be officer elections, stuff dipped in chocolate, and a candy land game for making the club money and officers sad. Also, tacos!

posted by the Metagamers officers on Wednesday, April 24, 2019