Updated: May 20, 2021
What do board games mean to you? What do people around you think of you when they find out you play board games? If you don’t know me I am pretty cool. I love Disney, reading, Dungeons and Dragons, video games, and board games.
I work construction, so the standard of cool with my coworkers is not the same as most people. Sure, they like the new Marvel and Star Wars movies; they have been mainstream for a while now. Never in my childhood would I have been called a nerd, that just never happened. Fantasy books were not cool yet. HBO’s Game of Thrones was one of the most popular tv shows in a long time and was linked to a book series that I got a kick out of.
I remember talking to my project manager about getting time off for SaltCon a couple of years ago. He did not know what it was. I explained that it was a board game convention. His response was “like Monopoly?”
I believe that when people say they don't like board games it is because they have bad memories of playing games like Monopoly as a kid. My coworkers ask what type of games I play and I tell them the story of games like Nemesis. Waking up on your spaceship with your mind foggy and then discovering one of your friends dead. The hibernation capsule they were using was broken from the inside out. Something, you don’t know what, is hunting you, and you are not completely sure you could trust your friends. This introduction to Nemesis floors my coworkers as I describe to them the type of board games I play.
Board games are awesome. I miss the days and look forward to the coming days of conventions. Being able to sit with someone I do not know, but making memories and enjoying something we have in common. Do you have someone in your life that does not like board games? Have faith, maybe they just need to find the type of game they like, and they too could be cool like me.