On April 11, Norman West will celebrate TableTop Day, an international day of tabletop gaming. If the last board game you played was Monopoly (and you ended the game by flipping the table or refusing to speak to your spouse), you might not recognize some of the games we’re playing.
Allow me (Rebekah, Norman West Branch Manager) to share.
I’m what some people might call a board game geek. My husband and I own somewhere around 35 board games, displayed on a shelf in our living room. Our game nights with friends include games where we save the world from the menace of spreading epidemics, where we build our own empires, where we join together to battle Cthulhu, and where we trade in jewels. We play games where teams of superheroes fight of evil villains, and games where explorers search desperately for ways to escape a sinking island or a parched desert.
So why do I think you should join us at TableTop Day?
Well, first of all, games are just fun. They let you interact with your friends and family in ways you usually don’t. (Unless your life is much different than mine, you’ve never actually fought side by side with your best friend against an evil mastermind.) Beyond that, games help us build social connections outside of our immediate circle of friends and meet new people. They build strategic thinking skills in kids and in adults – when you have to think ahead five or six moves to achieve a goal in a game, that helps you think ahead five or six steps in other processes. In young children, games can help teach logic: If I turn this piece of the board, that means that I can then move over there. Some games also reinforce history. War games are frequently based on actual battles, and there are other lighter games that are also based in history, putting players in the shoes of political leaders, abolitionists, and explorers.
I hope you will come visit us from 4-6 p.m. on April 11 to have some fun and play some games. We’ll have lots of options available: Revolution!, Love Letter, Cheaty Mages, Bugs in the Kitchen, Crossways, Tapple, Catan, and Carcassonne, among others. Or, if you have a favorite game, bring it along and we’ll try it out with you!
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