Yes, I did quote the Bee Gees.
About a month ago now, our FLGS decided to change its opening hours... which meant that our Traditional Monday Night VTES was no longer an option at our FLGS. Out of some loyalty to the FLGS (which has been a supportive venue of VTES for a long time in the past) we tried to move to Thursday Night VTES. However, this has had dismal attendance; from up to 15 players, and a usual number of 12, down to less than 4 for three weeks or so in a row.
So it seemed that time had come for a change of venue. And today will potentially be a fateful day for more than just politics... it might mean it is one of the last times we play VTES at the FLGS which has been a part of VTES in Blacktown basically since VTES began being sold.
Our FLGS has been a great venue for all sorts of things as well. I used to help organise a 30+ player Convention-Style monthly D&D group which had run for something like 6 years (I was involved during all of that time, about 18 months as a player and the rest as a DM). It's got a strong board-game group (apparently Friday nights are PACKED, and not just because a few of the die-hards love playing their Marathon 18XX games which start Monday night at 6pm and finish on Sunday night at 6pm), a few different RPG groups (Pathfinder, 4th Ed D&D and some other games have run), a war-gamer group (specialising in WW2, WW1, Medieval and even back to Bronze-Age warfare), a table-top war-game group (such as Warhammer and the Privateer Games products) and the obligatory cash-cow MtG: FNM (which is actually ThuNM at the FLGS).
So instead, we'll be heading to Blacktown Returned Services League Club to see if their venue will be good for Monday Night VTES. Pros: Adult beverages on sale not that far away, decent quality counter-meals. Cons: Difficult to recruit players in from other games if you're not being 'seen'. I may just have to convince some others (particularly a friend of mine) to maybe play some social games on other nights of the week as a way of gathering in interest from people who already play other games.
So thanks to our FLGS, you've been our home for a long time. Best wishes for the future. Maybe when times are different, we may go back to having VTES at our FLGS...