Over at The Raven's Mutterings (http://raven.phoenyx.net/mutterings/20060218.html) I read about an interesting idea: Networking for Gamers. Getting together socially with other people that play games and getting to know them outside of the 'playing a game together' context.
Now, our local gaming scene has two games clubs (both associated with a local college/university), one very small games store (owned by myself and a business partner), and at least one very active 'organizer' who is all about getting people to try new games and get to know each other. So, from the "Are people gaming?" standpoint, I think that I can say, "Yes, people are gaming." but at the same time I don't feel that our gaming population has grown.
The upshot: I'm wondering whether networking works, whether it would work in our area, and whether it would bring new people to the hobby.
Of course, I'm also interesting in what other gamers think about the idea. If someone started a Gamers Network in your area would you go? Why?