One of the first things people find out when they meet me is my passion for board games. I’ve loved them for as long as I can remember, and it’s become a cornerstone to me as a person. If you meet me, it’s usually one of the interesting facts I lead with as a conversation starter.
I started my board game adventure when I was 10 or so years old. My schools used to be part of a programme in which they’d run termly workshops for kids to take part in on weekends. I went to so many different ones over the years, from arts and crafts to music making, but only one sticks out in my mind nowadays. The session was called ‘The Settlers of Catan’. At first, it piqued my interest because my young, not-so-smart brain figured it was a performing arts class as I, for some reason, connected it to ‘The Pirates of Penzance’. But when I read the description about a strategy board game, it only enthused me more.
I was the type of child that would force my older brothers into playing Mouse Trap, Monopoly Junior or Break the Safe when I was bored, as I always found board games a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Once I attended ‘The Settlers of Catan’ workshop, my love of board games increased tenfold. Every Christmas for the next 4 years, I asked for a copy, but it was an expensive game at the time so my wish never came to be. I forgot all about it until I met a college friend who told me he had a couple of tabletop games that he wanted to try out.
I can’t remember what we played that day, but in 2014 my collection began. One of the first board games I purchased upon reawakening my passion was ‘The Settlers of Catan’, from Amazon. I remember racing home the day it was delivered, with the same glee I had when I was just 10 years old. Nearly 10 years later, I finally got to play my beloved game again. To this day, it remains at the top of my list, not only for nostalgia, but because it truly is a great game.
My love of tabletop games didn’t end there, and over the years I have come to accumulate a lot of board games. In just under 5 years, I’ve collected over 130 board, card and dice games. I’ll probably go into more detail of my collection in the future, as it is something I’m extremely proud of.
Board games have not only given me the chance to have, in my opinion, one of the best hobbies in the world, it’s also brought me and my friends closer together. After that fateful day when my friend invited me over to play a few games, ‘Tabletop Tuesdays’ were born. Almost every week, myself and 7 other friends get together and play board games, eat dinner and have a laugh. It’s been a great way to discover new games and unwind, and it’s become something that we all look forward to.
I hope that my board game collection continues to grow, and my tabletop adventure is filled with more amazing new discoveries.
Who knows, maybe someday I’ll even make my own.
See you in the next post!
Katie Louise x