Now, I suspect elements of this resonate with every gamer, but we all found a path to games. Maybe it was a college roommate, maybe it was a significant other having an interest in the hobby, maybe it was a longing for the togetherness we felt as children playing games with our friends and family.
I submit to you my readers that the main reason we play boardgames is to be together.
I am an introvert by nature, as I suspect many board gamers are, yet in playing boardgames I have become more of an extrovert. It's an amazing social lubricant, by which I mean that games give people a medium to organize their interactions where they can feel safe and have a good time. I made friends because of boardgames that I would probably have never even talked to if it wasn't for games in some way. I look at the college majors/degrees that people I played games with at some point and basically everything is covered. I have a Math degree, and others have Psychology, Chemistry, Biology, English, Music, Spanish, Philosophy, Physics and Computer Science. Now, this isn't every major, but it shows the variety of interests and personalities that I spent a good deal of time with.
The two things that brought portions of that group together were dinner and boardgames. When you're in college, specifically a residential campus, you're around people all the time, but it's hard to find closeness there. People are around all the time, but until you sit down and do something, it's not the same.
Some other reasons we play boardgames
- Cost Effectiveness
- Brain Engaging
To wrap things up, there are many reasons why we play boardgames. There aren't really any wrong reasons to play, though gambling/financial gain may be one of them. Whatever your own reasons for gaming are, be sure you know them. I'd love to hear why you play games, especially if I've missed a big reason. So please, leave a comment and let me know why you play boardgames.