Steve Ngai (危 志 荣) KuaLa Lumpur, Malaysia

Board Games Is Not Bored Actually

I remember once a friend said to me, “Board games are for bored people.”. Immediately I have a conflict with him. I told him that his word can hurt those who love board games. But glad that we resolved on that very day and until today he is one of my good friends in the church.

Recently, I have been playing much board games with my church friends. I think it started about two months ago. We played usually either on Friday or Saturday night. Here are the list of board games we have played before so far: Ticket To Ride (we have Asia, Europe + expansion), Citadels, Small World Underground, Carcassonne (+ two expansions), Flash Point, Terra, Tokaido and the most recent one we played last week was King of Tokyo (+ one expansion). One of us just bought 5-6 new games yet to try out.

I really feel grateful to have this little ‘board games club’ whereby I can look forward to join every week to have great enjoyable fun time with my friends. I am grateful to those to invested into so many board games to lend their board games to us. I also appreciate the feedback that the rest should contribute to this club too, example maybe each to buy a board game and if there are 12 person in the club, we have 12 different games to cover the whole year. Personally myself I have one which I bought many years back, Terra. But this Terra is very under utilized since the day I bought it and so I felt a little regret. And now one of my hesitation to buy new game is because I worry that I will buy another ‘Terra’. Perhaps I need to really do more homework before I buy a particular board games so that that game is fun and at the same time easy to teach and learn for majority.

Speaking on board games, I feel that it is a ‘better’ hobby compare to computer games. Reason being is board games usually involves human interaction and not virtual human intereaction (online computer games). Although the board games are not cheap, but if all are sensitive enough to share the burden, example by buying one game for each person, this hobby is not that expensive after all. I mean if the game cost your RM120 and can last for a year, one month is only cost you RM10. This way is so much cheaper than going to board games cafe like Meeples which slash your pocket by charging you by hourly play (around RM3.50 per person per hour!). If you are interested to join us to play board games in Subang area, please contact me ya. We also wish to reach out to more new friends too as we are enjoying ourselves 🙂