Thanks for Games

Often times when people learn that I am into board games, they immediately think Monopoly or Scrabble.  Then, I have to explain that this is not the case. I do not even own a copy of Monopoly. Many people turn their nose up at the hobby either due to lack of interest (ok, I can understand that) or lack of understanding. I’m happy I have this hobby. It helped me through a dark time in my life about 6 years ago. It allowed me to focus my mind and keep me distracted from the loneliness and grief that results from losing a loved one. It also helped me meet new people. It has allowed me to experience new things and immerse myself in worlds and situations that perhaps I would not have been able to experience. It also allowed for opportunities to be close to my daughter and that you can’t put a price on.
I used to be embarrassed by my love of games partially because some people just couldn’t wrap their heads around it but most people were hyper-critical of me for having such a hobby. As time went on and as I met other gamers locally, and even some online from all over the world, I readjusted my attitude. If people have an issue with me because I love this hobby then I don’t need to associate with them. Plain and simple. I don’t try and preach the gospel of board games to people. If someone wants to learn one, I’m always happy to teach them. I’m not going to teach them something complex right out of the gate. You start with something simpler and work your way up. Just like I did — baby steps. The point is, at my age, I like what I like and that’s it.
I would much rather play a game with someone, especially my daughter, than watch a movie or a tv show. Not that I don’t like watching a movie or a tv show, but, if given a choice, I would rather her exercise her mind, practice her math skills, work on her strategic skills, and even her social and interaction skills by playing a game. The quality time I get playing a game with anyone is far ahead better than doing some other activities. Then comes the question, why I would play games by myself. Some games are built that way. Some are solo (solitaire) or can be a multi-player game that can be modified to be solo-able. I play these for the same reason as I mentioned earlier. It’s an exercise of the mind. Or maybe it’s an immersion into an environment or theme that I want to learn more about or experience.
Many would cringe at how much some of the games that I have cost and, further, how much I’ve spent on all my games in the past six some odd years. I have spent, and in a manner of speaking invested, a significant amount of money into my collection even though it pales in comparison to many people I know. It’s a bit of an addiction; a bit of an obsession. It’s something I really enjoy, like to share with others, happy to teach others when I can, and I don’t see me leaving the hobby behind any time soon.

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