Board games, depression and me

Hello. My name is Mike and I am a board game addict. As a child of the late ‘80s games have been a part of my life. From computer to board, card, even pen and paper RPGs, games have always been there. Computer games and RPGs provide an escape from reality and card games have a strategic element to them. Board games bring something different to the table, sometimes quite literally. Each person addicted to board games has their own reason and I would like to explore my reasoning with you. 

About two years ago, I was diagnosed with depression. I was starting to become an adult. I was starting to think about my career, where I wanted to go and I had a small group of friends, but we were a tight nit group. My career plans hit snag after snag, my friend circle started drifting apart and I was going no where fast. With help and support I got through the dark times. 

Mike’s Beddie (Like a Shelfie but more comfortable)

I bet your wondering where board games come into this? Well, while board games didn’t help me get through the depression (I do not doubt that board games could have helped me and do help others) they did help me heal afterwards. Once I came through the other side of the tunnel, my world had changed. I had changed. My friend circle was still there, but the connections had changed. To some degree, I felt like an outsider and I still do on the rare occasion we meet. I tried to fix it, to get it back to how it was, but I just couldn’t. I tried meeting new people and making new friends, but it wasn’t the same. It felt forced and contrived. 

It got to the point where I was going out and socialising once a week, if that. The majority of my days were spent working or sleeping and the nights were spent working or snuggled up with YouTube. I saw an advert for a board game charity day and I saw this as an opportunity to get out of my rut before depression crept back in. I get my rota and find out I’m working. Boo! The same group ends up setting up a monthly board game evening. I manage to find the courage to attend and I’m warmly welcomed into the group. From there, I was invited to another games night and welcomed into that group also. At first, I wondered if I was just there to make up the numbers, but I quickly realised that the people around me enjoy my company and I enjoy theirs.  

So, while board games didn’t help me, personally out of the darkness, they have provided a life line to keep me out of the darkness, by providing me with new friends, new experiences and new motivation. That being said, board games haven’t done much to help my collecting addiction. This time last year I had one game and now I have twenty, but that it a story for another time…

10 Reasons why you most definitely should join on May 6th

 

1.You like fun (we’re fun!).

2.You want to support Herefordshire Mind (damn right!).

3.You have nothing better to do on 6th May (ah go on….).

4.You have something worse to do on 6th May but can use this as a great excuse to  get out of it!

5.You like board or card games. There are loads of awesome games let us show you some more.

6.You’ve tried board games but wasn’t struck by them – let us try and change your mind.

7.You want to find a new hobby, which is reasonable, cheap and all year round (great way to spent time with friends and family).

8.You want to meet new people and join a friendly community (we’re nice… promise).

9.You want to have a go at being a star-ship captain or ships engineer (impressions expected but not required).

10.You want to do better than your friends at being a star-ship captain (friendly competition is fun right?)

11.Board games help with maths and lots of other skills (but probably won’t improve your sense of humour).

Star Ship Captain Charity Challenge 6th May

A pretty awful advert! for the awesome Star Ship Captain Charity Challenge.

One person gets to be the captain and have the comfiest chair, the team take key roles in the ships bridge from Helm, Weapons, to Engineering. Work together to stay alive, defeat the enemy or generally fly in the correct direct. Great fun no experience needed!

Fee to enter and prizes for the best teams.

https://www.facebook.com/events/267697156991655

Third Beer in Hand Sunday Meeting! Quiet but great fun

Great evening in the beer in hand 8 gamers 2 new faces. Lower numbers than we are used probably because of the good weather and it being a bank holiday.

Less people mean we could all play one game which was brilliant.

We played  Mascarade (Yay a new game for me! I love learning games as well as teaching them!) . Codenames. Mysterium, 7th Hero

It was lovely to see new faces, from 13 meets we’ve only had one session without a new face, and most of you lovely people keep coming back! I guess we are doing something right…

Thank you  Beer in Hand

Amazing weekend for sponsors and prizes

Four new sponsors have kindly donated prizes this weekend, and I think this is probably all, although the exact prizes donated does need to be agreed.

The new prizes are 5 copies of Ivor the engine, by local designer Tony Boydell. A game about collecting sheep based in Wales.

http://www.surprisedstaregames.co.uk/Ivor/index.htm

The event link is here please share it

https://www.facebook.com/events/267697156991655/

Saturday 6th May, the Imperial Board games (and Artemis Space Captain challenge) Noon till Late, £5 for charity. All proceeds to Herefordshire Mind

The Prize list:

New Game: Terror in meeple city
New Game: 6 Nimmit!
New Game: Thiefs market
New Game: Ivor the Engine (Five copies) (Surprised Stare Games)
New Game: ??? (Wise Owl Toys)
Game: Codenames
Game: Boss monster
Game: Mammut
Games: ???? (Dell con)
Game accessory:  ???? (Basically Wooden)
Game accessories: Tshirt
Food: Sunday lunch for two (Black Lion)
Food: Buy one get one free Pizza (Beer in Hand)
Food: ????(Imperial)
Drink:????  (Imperial)
Event: Four Hey Yahs gig tickets (Left Bank)
Book: The Clown Egg Register (Helen Champion: Local Author)

We’d love a donations of smaller raffle prizes and cakes and snacks for the cake stall!

 

Prizes for our charity day are starting to come in

We’re starting to get replies to our begging letters 🙂 and members are kindly donating games.

So we currently have promises of at least 7 board games, gig tickets, free pizza, some game accessories and we still have a month to go!

If you want to help or donate please let me know! adam@herefordshireboardgamers.co.uk

Our sponsors will have a key place on the website and Facebook group for the rest of the year. Last years sponsors are still listed as we still appreciate them!

Our 10th evening public games night was a blast

We had 17 players playing from 6.30pm to around 11. The night flowed well with players forming group and games flowing naturally. We tend to player shorter 90 minute games which allows people to try new games or play with new people. As usual we ended on an hilarious few rounds of Codenames.

For once I was too busy and didn’t take any photographs, but I saw the following games being played:

Darkest Dealings, Istanbul, Isle of Sky, Inis, Stone Age, Lancaster, Star Fluxx and Terra.  ( I am sure there were plenty more I missed)

An awesome night lots of laughter, good games and mild shenanigans. We are really growing an awesome community and family.