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Boardgaming Thought For Friday

Stuart Burnham
United Kingdom
Abingdon
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If you are British, and at least out of your teens, then many things about Radio 4 will form part of your identity; be that the Today programme, Test Match Special, Woman's Hour, Gardeners Question Time, The Archers, The Shipping Forecast and, what I am about to appropriate here, Thought For The Day.



I quite like the idea of having regular "segments" on the blog, to give it and me a bit of structure rather than sitting down of an evening (or morning at the weekends) and thinking "errr, what do I write today then?"
If (if? ha!) I go to game night on a Tuesday then I'll write that up on Wednesday evening to publish Thursday morning and it's quite comforting knowing what to do there.
So I'm going to start a Friday feature from this week (I, erm, only decided this at 10:30 Thursday night so consider this a trial run!) which will be a pondering upon something in the gaming world, hopefully with an optimistic angle. I've also had a very rough go at altering the 'Thought for the Day' logo, but I'll sharpen it up before next week.






Friday 24th March - Boardgaming Thought for Friday (episode 0)


A comment on a blog post of mine from a few days back (from Trevor Taylor) which was part of a friendly exchange really resonated with me;

negatrev wrote:
since I can change the games I play, but not whom I play with, the logic is fairly simple.

Most of us have a fairly small circle of potential gamers with which to play, outside of occasional conventions and gaming away-days. It might be just one or two friends, perhaps only a partner, or you might be lucky and be living in an area with at least one regular public game night. It can be difficult to get games that you are interested in playing to the table regularly; perhaps those with whom you game aren't into long heavy games, maybe it's social deduction that's not to their taste, or even that you never have a suitable player count for that game that really needs 5.
It's easy to get frustrated, and it's tempting to try and encourage, cajole or force your associates out of their comfort zone and get them playing what you want.
But maybe that's a mistake.
Persisting with something that others really don't enjoy, or find too difficult or too light, or maybe that just doesn't click mechanism or theme wise might become like trying to push water uphill.

Play the games that the people you play with enjoy.
Try not to lament what they won't play, take pleasure in that that you can get to the table. There are many people who struggle to get any type of regular gaming at all, so if you have a loved one, a group of close gaming buddies or a loose collection of likeminded souls that will play then count yourself lucky and have fun playing.
If "that" game that you heard about, read about or watched on You Tube and then dropped £40 on isn't enjoyed within your gaming circle then maybe you should just change the game rather than trying to change the people you play with.
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