Being Thankful for Gaming with Thanksgaming
Its that time of year when we all loosen our belts a little bit more and prepare for the goodness of turkey, mashed potatoes, and the heavenly gift of stuffing.
But it is also the time when we gather together with our families and remember what we have and are thankful for from the previous year. So to put a spin on things I thought I would talk about everything I am thankful for in this great hobby ours. There is so much this hobby gives to us (despite the amount of complaining some of us may do). So, I thought I would look back and reflect on some of the major points that effect me. And maybe even some of you
The Gaming Community
I am sure it has been said a hundred times by everyone who has ever touched this hobby of ours. But it has to be reiterated. The board game community is one of the most friendly and inclusive communities I have ever been a part of. From the random “part-time” friends I meet and play with at conventions. To the friends I’ve met through gaming clubs and count among my best.
I’m not usually the kind of person who does well in large crowds, meeting tons of new people. But I have slowly started to go to more and more conventions. And honestly, they are becoming one of my favorite ways to enjoy the hobby. Getting hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of people together to play and enjoy games. It reinvigorates my love of the hobby.
There is a recent trend in the gaming industry to produce games with long-term storytelling. There is a new sub genre of Legacy Games, board game RPGs like Descent, and miniature games adding supplemental books to build armies over time in a game like Age of Sigmar: Path to Glory. As someone who started gaming with D&D. These types of systems really hit home for me. And as more and more come out, I am only getting more excited.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Oh, and just fucking play games!