Generosity of Gamers
This post originally appeared on my old blog: PinkMeeple
Considering I’ve only re-entered the board game hobby a little over a year ago I consider myself a noob when it comes to our hobby. I have a long way to go before I can call myself anything but new to the hobby. Nor do I claim to know much about anything. I can only relate and impart my opinions and experiences on the games I play with and without my daughter Natalya.
In the past year, I have been blown away by the generosity of those in the board gaming hobby and industry. Take for example:
BoardGameGeek Secret Santa: BGG members often gift games far in excess of the program’s $50 asking value. And not only games being sent but toys for the kids, candy, fruit, all kinds of fun things. I cannot wait to do this again next year.
BoardGameGeek Print and Play Santa: Where BGG members craft PnP games for others. The construction, care and attention to detail of the components is truly outstanding.
Games for Troops: This organization donates board and card games to our servicemen and women around the globe and here at home. Visit them at Game for Troops.
The Jack Vassel Memorial Fund: A non-profit fund that was created in the wake of tragedy, namely the infant death of Tom Vassel’s son, to help those gamers in need. I cannot begin to tell you how awesome this organization is. I can also tell you, for certain, that this fund is making a difference and helping those in need. Go check out the Jack Vassel Memorial Fund.
In the course of creating this blog, a reader had learned that I was awaiting a copy of Dweebies for my daughter for Christmas. But alas my (not-so) FLGS said he couldn’t get it. I could’ve ordered it online but I had some gift certificates from participating in the monthly game night there (give him $5 he gives you an $8 gc) and I was trying to help out the local business. So this reader, emailed me and said, “I’ll send you my copy.” I naturally said, “Sure. That’s awfully kind of you.”
Today, a rather large box shows up in the mail. I had no idea what it was until I opened it up. Inside was Dweebies – still in shrink. But wait, that’s not all! Also inside the box was Powerpuff Girls: Villains at Large, Boggle, Pictureka Card Game, Dice Doodle and Rat-a-Tat Cat. Say what?! A note inside said, “Here are a few games my kids have enjoyed…hope you get a few plays out of them! Merry Thriftmas. -Pat”
Thank you Pat!! Your thoughtfulness and generosity is truly incredible.
It’s amazing how this community bonds together and helps one another, encourages one another and truly respects each other in our ideas, what we play, and why we play board games. Some of us/them go out of their way to step up and do something nice for someone else without even being asked. It’s truly inspiring and I am glad I am involved in it.