Welcome to board gaming #1: And so it begins…

If you’re reading this post then you may have already realised that there’s more to board games than the mass-market games of our childhoods. The family ‘bored’ games, buried at the back of the shelves and collecting dust, until the annual festive game sessions of Monopoly, Trivial Pursuits, or Scrabble.

You may have arrived here because you recently had a great time at a friend’s games night, or stumbled across your local friendly games store and wanted to know what the fuss is all about. Or maybe you’ve been looking for an activity to help bring friends or family together.

It doesn’t matter how you got here. What matters is that you want to know a bit more about modern board gaming. And over the next few weeks, that’s what we hope to provide. As part of our welcome to board gaming series, we’ll talk about:

  • Choosing your first board game
  • Hosting your first board game night
  • Building your board game collection
  • What to expect at your first con
  • What to expect at a board game café

The idea here isn’t to over complicate, but is to share what we love about board games and lessons we learned. We want your first experiences of modern board gaming to be as enjoyable as ours!

Board gaming is social

It brings people together around a table. Whether they’re your friends, family or strangers, you can have a brilliant time catching up or getting to know one another over a game or two.  

Board gaming is versatile

There’s a board game for every situation. Whether you’re after a quick game to play in a coffee shop, a fun game to play before a night out, or an epic game that is the focus of an entire evening (or longer!). We genuinely believe that there’s a game for any occasion. 

Board gaming is often challenging (but doesn’t have to be!)

Part of the fun of board gaming is learning how other people think so you can beat them, or how to work together and defeat the game as a team. Some games are heavy on strategy, and really stretch your brain. Others are lighter but still have an element of tactical thinking. It’s a great way of learning how to think outside the box and develop your problem-solving skills.

Board gaming can be immersive

Some games are story driven and share a narrative with you that builds each time you play, like a TV show or film series. But with board games, you aren’t sat silently watching a screen. You’re interacting socially and experiencing them together.

A 'Meme' made using a screenshot form the Pokemon video game. the caption on the image reads 'your very own board game legend is about to unfold' Pokemon has been replaced with board game. The image shows amale pokemon trainer.

So join us over the coming weeks as we welcome you to board gaming!

If there’s another topic you would like us to cover as part of our welcome to board gaming series, let us know in the comments below or contact us.

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