Most Meaningful Gaming Sessions
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I recently made a forum post about my most meaningful gaming session to date. (http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1343864/teachable-moments-an...) And it got me curious about the meaningful experiences of other gamers out there.

Do you have a game you played where you just looked around at the people or person you were playing with and thought "wow"?

Where you were so grateful that this shared activity had brought you together?

Where you just paused and were thankful for the moment in time which brought you to that point?

I'd love to hear some of your stories about your most meaningful gaming moments.
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Re-posted from the linked forum above:

I have had the privilege of teaching a very small group of boys who have significant intellectual disabilities for the past two school years. They are in middle school and we spend, on average, 30 hours a week together.

Now we are nearing the end of semester and they will soon be leaving my school for the big scary freshman academy.

This week we began our second board game creating unit, and yesterday I took my copy of "Survive Escape from Atlantis" to school so we could play it. Due to absences, it was only myself and these four boys in class that day.

We had so much fun. They have collectively decided that knocking my pieces into the water or eating them with sharks is pretty much the best thing ever. Matched only by wiping out entire boats full of my meeples with sea monsters. And I lost each game horribly, but every single one of them was engaged and laughing.

Of course I spent the entire time helping with rules, but I also got to work with the boy who struggles to take a joke and always takes things personally. "See? Even though Joe ate all my people, I'm still having fun. Isn't it more fun to enjoy this?" And his answer was yes, and we kept playing.

I got to coach one about counting carefully. And by the end, my constant reminders that pushing the pieces around messed up the game, has made him more spatially aware.

I got to remind another about patience. It's okay to wait your turn, and it's not your decision what other students do.

I got to teach the last that it's his turn, and his decision. And remind him that I always want to know what he thinks, even if it takes a few minutes for him to decide.

But mostly I just watched them all play, in awe of how much they had grown in two school years. In awe of just how much I'm going to miss them. They are like family, little brothers, and I can't stand to see them move on.

Sitting around that horseshoe table, just the five of us for maybe the last time, meant more to me than any of my board gaming experiences so far.

And I am so grateful I have had this opportunity.
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Our son is autistic and as a result tends to insolate himself from the rest of the family. Our previous efforts to get him to spend more time with us were endured rather than enjoyed; softplay centers and playparks were usually too busy and would make him anxious, Zoo's etc were boring, trips to the bookstore (he's always loved reading) or other shops would overwhelm him with visual information, and the walks in the countryside made his feet hurt (and it smells funny). Basically, if it wasn't playing flash games or reading then he wasn't interested.

As I've always enjoyed gaming since the days of the Fighting fantasy gamebooks and then Heroquest I thought I'd try him with a boardgame, but not just any game, I decided it had to be a Lego game (I should have mentioned, he likes Lego too).

Now, asking heim if he wanted to do something would always be met with a 'no' (or no answer at all if he was having a bad day), but asking him if he wanted to play a game, well that's different. That's gaming, and he likes gaming, so he jumped at the chance. He happily helped me build it before joining myself and my wife in a game. He grinned through the whole experience, laughed at my bad luck, and got excited (in a good way) when him and me were racing to the goal.

He won that game, but overall we were all winners; the tears of joy in my wifes eyes when our son asked to play again, finally wanting to spend time with his family, said it all.



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