Photo: Members of BA’s Nerd Guild
by Coby-Brian Campbell
Nerd guild is a place I hold near and dear to my heart. It’s the place where my friends and I go to relax and be ourselves. In Nerd Guild, we don’t judge people. You don’t have to put up a front. You can be who you are. We play games and have fun to the fullest of our abilities. We play console games and board games and read manga or watch a movie. We get into games like Xenoverse or Smash-Up, which both are really good, especially when you watch anime. We are something of an anime club.
Nerd Guild started as a school club called WAMA. Mr. Taylor, a past Guild master, decided to transform WAMA into the Nerd Guild. He opened it up to more people and games. Eventually, Mr. Valle took over.
Nerd Guild was dubbed as such because everyone in the club was a little nerdy, and they viewed it as a guild, like in an MMO RPG game.
“I’ve been in Nerd Guild since 2017,” said Mr. Valle. “It’s fun. I think it’s a good way for students to be themselves.”
“It’s pretty legit, and a nice thing to have around,” said Ms. Medema, who teaches computers and designs the school’s website. “The first time I joined, we played board games with a small group of students. My favorite thing is that everyone in a bit nerdy and we can all share that feeling. My favorite game is Smash-Up and Forbidden Island. It’s open to all people. The leaders hold a vote for the members to decide what to do amongst themselves.”
The Nerd Guild has a tradition of succession. Every time a senior leaves, they have a last meeting and hand down the mantle of responsibility to the person they deemed to be their successor and divide up the responsibilities among guild members.
Steve Mamaville, the current guild master, said, “It was huge being in the guild when I first joined. There was a table dedicated to magic and another to Yu-Gi-Oh!, which I was super into. Dungeons and Dragons was also a huge in the anime and manga club.”
“My first time being in Nerd Guild was awkward,” said Nathaniel Callender, known as Toast. “The experience was nerve-wrecking, but I slowly eased my way into a conversation and I got along with everyone. We played monopoly and many more games. The Guild leader was very kind, funny, and great with handling any problems. Uno was my favorite game to play and Family Feud is a close second. It’s a great place where teens can feel free to express and relate to others in order to create a sense of friendship.”
There you have it from some of the members of Nerd Guild! The club is a lot of fun and if you ever want to stop by -as long as you know just a bit about anime – we’ll be glad to have you there!