Stuart Burnham(vk1980)United Kingdom
It was late July 2012 and as a family we were about to set off on what would turn out to be a lovely holiday in Yorkshire. The boys were 10 & 12 and had outgrown the children's games that littered their respective bedrooms and the only things that were not a traditional board / card game that we owned were Blokus and PitchCar.
I took the boys to the Cowley Road in Oxford (an area that could be charitably described as "vibrant") for something or other and we called in to a shop that I knew did games and things to see if I could find something "new".
And thus began my journey into this hobby.
On a busy and boisterous road, nestled between a pizzeria and Chicken Cottage(!) the venerable Gameskeeper has been trading for well over 30 years and has been a permanent fixture in this chameleon like part of town. On that day the owner Carol greeted us warmly, asked questions and recommended that we tried this game called Carcassonne. It captivated us, me especially, on that holiday and remains part of my collection to this day.
I wrote last week about why I play games, and this post serves as a follow on, or perhaps a foreword, to that post. There are many things that gaming gives me, but it all started with a chat with the owner of this FLGS, she gave me the gift of playing modern board games - yes she made a sale, but that conversation was not simply a customer / business transaction. It was full of friendly advice and encouragement on the wider world of family gaming.
Everyone has to start somewhere. There will have been, and will still be, times when you are someone's first point of contact into the wider world of wonderful gaming; try to meet their questions with enthusiasm and if you have the opportunity to sit down and play something with them then grasp it with good grace, whatever the game, and perhaps you will be the person that they thank for opening the door for them.
On Thursday I made a point of travelling back to that store to give my sincere thanks in person and to relate this tale. It put a spring in my step and a smile on my face for quite some time.
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07 Apr 2017
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