Hi, my name is Lara, and I’m an addict.
Well, I call myself an addict in a off-hand, rap-on-the-knuckles, “You-play-too-many-board-games, Lara!” kind of way. Only, I don’t really think of myself as an addict. I guess that it depends on your definition of addiction, but part of being an an addict is often admitting that they have a problem. I don’t believe that I do! I don’t see an addiction to board gaming as being problematic in the slightest! Some people may see Geek as a derogatory term, but I choose to wear my Geekess title as a badge of honour, particularly when it comes to board games.
I could say that it started way back when I was a kid, with games of Monopoly and Scrabble, but that would be a downright lie. Sure, I enjoyed board games back then, but it was something to do to pass the time rather than something to become invested in, something to anticipate or look forward to.
It really started about a year and a half ago when I walked into a comic book store in Johannesburg, and my boyfriend and I decided to buy some games. Again, we had a couple lying around at home – a dusty copy of Monopoly which hadn’t seen sunlight in, oh, maybe 6 years (at that point… it hasn’t seen sunlight since either), a copy or two of Scrabble, Cluedo, 30 Seconds. You know, the regulars. But we were a bit bored of them and we knew that there was so much more out there – so many better games that we wanted to have the option to play when friends came over rather than resorting to the Standard game of 30 Seconds, which was fun (still is) but had started getting a little stale and same-ish. So we wandered the aisle at Outer Limits, picking up games and putting them down, trying to figure out which ones would be best for our group of friends.
We ended up leaving with two games, and over the past year and a half, our collection of games (not including the boring old standards that I listed before) has grown to 25, and we’ve played a good number more than that with friends. It turned out that this was an addiction waiting to be found, and boy have I found it!
So what can you expect? Now that I’ve explained how I came to find board games, I can tell you that this blog is going to feature reviews of some of the games that I’ve owned and played, instructions (and suggestions) on how to play some of them and lots and lots of photos (did I mention that I was a photographer? No? Woops.) With a deep love for gaming, I am setting out to play, review and, preferably, own as many board games as I possibly can.
I hope you’re looking forward to it as much as I am!