Gatherings

Monthly Gathering -- general info -- next gathering
8:00 PM, 2nd Friday of each month
APA Hotel Woodbridge (formerly the Woodbridge Hilton)
Iselin, New Jersey
732-494-6200
Garden State Parkway, Northbound Exit 131A and Southbound 131
Regional Gathering (RG)
Snowball XLIII
CNJM's Regional Gathering
March 3-5, 2017
Iselin, New Jersey
Garden State Parkway, Northbound Exit 131A and Southbound 131
  • the nation's longest-running RG
  • 24-hour hospitality
  • interesting speakers - Friday night and all day Saturday
  • new, larger games room open all weekend
  • karaoke - Friday night
  • craft session - Saturday afternoon
  • dj dance - Saturday night
  • multi-media swap - Sunday morning
  • very close to Metropark train station
  • hotel has well-equipped fitness center and indoor pool
  • free parking
  • register online or by mail
  • day rates available
Register Now!!
Annual Gathering (AG)
2017 Annual Gathering
Yay for Hollywood...Florida
July 5-9, 2017
The Diplomat Resort, Hollywood, Florida

National Events

Colloquium 2017
Medicine and Technology
July 5, 2017
(Due to the holiday, this year's Colloquium, though still a separate event, will take place on Wednesday, July 5, concurrent with the first day of the Annual Gathering.)
Hollywood, Florida
Mind Games 2017
American Mensans get together to play and rate the latest board and card games over one spring weekend.
April 21-23 2017
Herndon, VA
Looking Ahead
Future Annual Gatherings
  • 2018 AG -- Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 2019 AG -- Phoenix, Arizona
  • 2020 AG --
  • 2021 AG --
Future Mind Games
  • 2018-- TBD

Nearby Regional Gatherings

Snowball XLIII
Central New Jersey Mensa
March 3-5, 2017
Iselin, NJ -- Garden State Parkway, Northbound Exit 131A and Southbound 131
Pandemic RG: Catch the Fun -- It's Contagious!
Metropolitan Washington Mensa
August 19-21, 2016
Herndon, VA
RechaRGe
Mensa of Northeastern New York
Labor Day Weekend 2016
Albany, NY
Wicked Good!
Boston Mensa
October 28-30 2016
Fitchburg, MA
The Further Adventures of Hootman and Owlboy
Tidewater Mensa
November 4-6, 2016
Williamsburg, VA
Time for Some Games!
Delaware Valley Mensa
November 11-13, 2016
Runnemede, NJ
Winter Solstice RG -- yet to be confirmed
Central Pennsylvania Mensa
December 2016
Bird-in-Hand, PA
Greater New York RG -- yet to be confirmed
2017

Monthly Gathering

CNJM holds a gathering each month on a variety of eclectic topics that have included: guitar-making, military police dog demonstration, NJ tombstone markings, revolutionary war mutinies, and quantum physics proving love (to name a few). These presentations are usually held on the 2nd Friday at 8:00 PM in the APA Hotel Woodbridge (formerly Woodbridge Hilton) in Iselin, NJ.

Members, guests, and potential members are all welcomed. Admission is now free.

At 6:30 PM (before the gathering) please join your Mensan peers for dinner and sparkling conversation at Le Cafe Metro...casual dining overlooking the hotel's lobby. Please join us for dinner, the program, or both.

Next gathering:

Special notice -- Dinner before the Gathering has resumed!

Friday, August 12 at 8:00 PM

So you want to design a game

What are the basic, fundamental concepts a new game designer needs to keep in mind when designing a new board game? You can spend years finding this the hard way, or you can learn about them in an hour! Join designer Gil Hova as he discusses the most fundamental concepts in game design: flow/fiero, core engagement, and heuristics.

Gil Hova is the designer of four published board games, self-publishing two of them through his own company, Formal Ferret Games. He has already had two of his games "Prolix" and "Bad Medicine," entered in Mensa Mind Games and is planning to enter another game next year. He is heavily involved in the New York City board-game design scene, having been a member of the NYC-Playtest group for over 15 years. He lives in Jersey City with his girlfriend and two adorable ferrets.

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