So I joined a meetup group a few months ago that was about building a community of RPG fans around the various cities of Yorkshire (but starting initially in Leeds where I live).
After organising the first meetup I was given full co-leader status because it went really well. Which is great as I was thinking about setting such a group up myself but this way I don't need to play with my own money.
Since that first meetup in mid-july I have organised a game every week. Games that I like to run, indie games, Luke Crane stuff, Jared Sorensen stuff, Vincent Baker stuff (I really picked up a lot of cool influences on my NYC trips for the last couple of years). But except for one week since, nobody has shown up for any of them.
One guy wants to run D&D and he had a bit of interest but he keeps choosing to postpone it for individuals who can't agree on a time slot. I attended his character creation session and my confidence in it is not high. It lacked enthusiasm and a compelling situation.
Over the last two months I've met loads of people that are into gaming and yet I can't seem to bring them to each other. I just get nods and agreement when I explain my ideology (that we all benefit if we all know each other), followed by a total lack of action later.
I don't know whether I should persevere and eventually the games I'm suggesting will be recognised or whether I should change strategy. I've never been good at persevering... That a known weakness of mine. I feel frustrated like I have a keg of gunpowder here but I just can't get the matches to light.
I attend another group over in York pretty regularly and it's really good so I'm not starved for gaming. I want more than just a group though, I want to build a community.