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Meet Ryan Chite of Aleventures

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ryan Chite.

Hi Ryan, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Aleventures started as an idea in a brewery when two friends, Michael and Ryan, were having a beer and noticed the dust around the game section. A conversation ensued about how wonderful it is to play games at breweries, but the largest hurdle is that hardly anyone can be bothered to read the rules. The conversation eventually arrived at the point where they decided that they could combine their love for games and beer, and Aleventures was born shortly after that. Aleventures would be known for finding new and interesting games that people may not have heard of before, bringing those games to establishments, teaching all of the rules, and removing all barriers to entry so that attendees can get back to having fun.

Can you talk to us about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Like many others, the original timing couldn’t have been less than ideal. Our first event was scheduled to be at Rockville Brewing in April 2020, but the writing was on the wall as we saw the news. We knew that while we were passionate about sharing with the community, public safety was number one, and we could wait as long as needed. 2020 became a year where we played games remotely with friends and waited until 2021 when we started venturing out to public establishments again. That year we hosted nearly ten events at different breweries around the Maryland area. As close-by by Frederick to as far as Pasadena, we were excited to bring our love for gaming wherever a taproom was willing to host us. In the current year, we have still seen challenges as we have settled on monthly events in both Frederick at Olde Mother Brewing and in Columbia at Black Flag, as with so many others hosting events. The challenge will always be raising awareness of our events to the public. We firmly believe that hosting consistent events at set locations will be more beneficial in the long term as we grow roots in two different locations.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next, you can tell us a bit more about your business?
Our business is all about growing the gaming community at large. The whole model is quite simple: we both bring games and teach the rules; the gap between those who play games and those who don’t seem to be the widest of having to learn the rules themselves. Game nights are a great way to socialize as they can be more dialog-forward than a paint night or trivia. The table and the game are the focus area; everyone already knows the rules because we had taught them. Whether someone is new to the area and trying to find some new people in an unknown space or if you’re trying to catch up with friends without digital distractions. We’ve seen the benefits manifest in many ways. Our niche seems to be that we strive for an inviting environment where anyone feels welcome. We greet you with a smile as soon as you enter the event and ask you what kind of game you want to play. If someone shows up alone, we’ll do our best to pair them up with another table. Twist our arm, and we’ll sit down and play the game with you ourselves. Just this year, we started branching out to doing private events on the side. Small companies can hire us to bring larger group games to help facilitate a team-building event or even use us as the brewery’s icebreaker for a hiring occasion. Having done a handful of them, we have found a formula that stresses the benefits of sharing time and not feeling like forced fun.

What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
The most important lesson we have learned along the journey is to be genuine in everything we do. Whether in listening to what kind of games people want to play, games they recommend for us to bring next time, or even if they want to chat. Trust is one of the unspoken accords in our events between us and the attending audience. Should it be someone we’re trying to convince to play games for the first time or a multi-decade gamer that is showing up because they are curious, we are only ever going to have their interest if they know up-front what we are about. We share games and teach the rules because it’s our passion to do so. We are a business. So if you like a game you played, you can buy it off us on the spot. But the genuine aspect is we never force nor pressure a sale; the game nights are free for all. If you inspired someone by their time with a game enough to buy it, that’s a cherry on top for us.

Pricing:

  • Game nights at breweries are free, games and merch are available for purchase on site
  • Private events are baselined for 30 people for 3 hours at roughly $8.3 a head per hour. As every private event is unique, we scale that price based on the needs of the event.

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