Along with video games, novels and animated movies, I love board games. I’m not talking about Monopoly or Snakes & Ladders; I’m talking about what classifies as ‘geek crack.’
The love. The passion.
I discovered this passion around 2009 or 2010. I decided to start an online board games store as a passive income for my family, though I wasn’t familiar with anything other than the games that collect dust in everyone’s cupboard. I’d seen the likes of Doom: The Boardgame at the MTN Science Centre in Canal Walk, but it was always out of my price range and I didn’t know if I’d even like it.
Soon after establishing the store, I attended my first real board games day. It was there that I played around 11 hours of Descent: Journeys in the Dark. At first, I didn’t know what the fuck I was actually doing, but I instantly fell in love with the game. I’d soon start to play a range of board and card games in other genres. For a good few years after, I collected a range of interesting and unique titles – this included Doom.
A change in board game routine
A few years ago, I made a few drastic life changes, which included slimming down my board game collection. Since then, I haven’t really had the inclination or time to play board games. Even when I’m invited out to play a new title, it’s always a bit of a slog. My wife and I also live in a very small one-bedroom flat that can barely house two people – space is a major issue.
However, this hasn’t stopped me from buying a new game every so often. Over the past year, I picked up Warhammer: Shadespire, Warhammer 40,000: Dark Imperium, Warhammer: Storm of Sigmar, and Alien vs. Predator: The Hunt Begins (Second Edition). I’m also waiting on Theseus: The Dark Orbit, Thunderbirds, and V-Wars. If you haven’t already noticed, I adore games with miniatures. And while boxes full of small plastic figures is a dream for me, I don’t know where I’ll put all of it. Actually, I do know and it’s not the best of solutions: a lot of these games will sit in storage until we can afford a new flat (the dream is to one day buy a house) where we can play the games.
Even though I no longer own my own company, it never feels like I have enough time to sit down and actually play a board game. I can barely muster the energy to read a book or watch a movie.
For now, all of my board games will sit in the gaming backlog. Will I ever get around to playing all of them? I really hope so.