Friday, October 21, 2011

Why do you play board games?

Hey folks,

First, I wanted to thank you all for the kind words so far. I've had a few people email me, as well as a few comments over at Board Game Geek, and all of you have been both constructive and appreciative. Thanks for that. In a market so saturated with not just reviewers but good reviewers, I know it can be difficult to give an unknown writer like myself a chance.

Secondly, I'd like to apologize for the break in activity. University life is tough, and when you have to balance that with a full time job and other very time-demanding obligations, somethings got to give. Unfortunately, that something was this blog. You will be getting another review by Sunday, so it will still be a review a week, it's just a little late.

Thirdly, I'd like to ask all of you what attracted you to our wonderful hobby, boardgaming? For me, it was the bits. The first non-traditional board game I bought was Last Night on Earth, and I remember just how blown away I was at the modular boards, various minis and artwork. I began collecting games because of how amazing some of the bits in these games we all love are.

Now, it's the social interaction. I moved to Portland, OR for University, and I quickly realized that making friends in a big city can be tough. I've always loved gaming, but I found that video games kept me away from the social interaction I so desperately needed at that time in my life, so I looked elsewhere. Board games were an obvious choice for me; I got to have my games AND got to meet and interact with cool people, some of which are my closest friends.

So what about you? Was it the gameplay, bits, interaction or some other aspect of this hobby that brought you here?

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