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Board Gaming, A life Style Choice

Hello. Welcome to my blog. I've never had a blog before, and I was never one to have a diary or journal when I was younger. What did I do instead? I told stories. I told them to anyone who would listen, and as I got older, I wrote them down. Eventually, I ended up with an MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults, from Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The program was probably one of the most exihilirating and wonderful things I could have done with my time. It gave me the power to understand words, to share those words with others who needed to hear them, and for awhile, that has meant sharing them as a teacher. Fine, but what does any of this have to do with board games?

Board Gaming is Story Telling

What I've learned since I've started board gaming is that it is just another means of telling a great story. For instance, if you play any of the TTRPG's, (Table Top Role Playing Games), you're all involved in creating a story for those who play, the DM/GM (Dungeon Master/Game Master), and those who happen to be around long enough to hear any of the craziness that is a TTRPG. The story is what moves the game along, what keeps people at the table long after they needed to go home for the night, and it's what brings them back week after week, month after month. The more engaging the story, the more likely the peopl will be to come back and visit.

It's not just the TTRPG's where the story happens. Any of the board or card games, where you work together or against each other and make decisions about how the game will play out is also a verbal/oral story happening before your very eyes. Each conversation, each decision that is made, is another movement within the tale spread across the board. Stories are everywhere, and I'm here to start collecting them, discovering them, and sharing them with you. I hope you will enjoy the journey with me.

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