Board gaming is almost a full time job atm.

Genghis charged!

The Djengis Con came and went. It was a huge success again. Got to try some new games, and meet new interesting people. Even ordered one of them to the collection – Sagrada. Building glass windows in the world famous church.

Life sometimes surprises you

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The beautiful glass windows

You know the feeling where life has ugly surprises, or you experience something that just drains all your energy? That has been my life. Do to take this as complaining over things, it has just been a bumpy ride.

Then I got an email from a very large international NGO. They had heard about my board gaming events, and volunteer work, and they wanted to me meet me to hear more. It will be this week, and I am looking forward to it.

It still surprises me that board games brings people together, and when you do something good it always come back. If you seek and share positivity life will reward you.

Do not know if you feel the same way? It has just always been the way I have experienced life. People who seek negativity will try and push it on people who are not negative, but positivity always wins.

So what is I do?

When doing the volunteer work with board games I always try to find games that fits the audience.

One example: Have played with people who suffered from Cancer and I brought games that had a positive twist, as sick people often isolate themselves I brought games that “forced” them to interact.

It works! They talk and share stories, they interact and have fun. I know that I cannot cure their disease, eliminate loneliness or solve all the issues people fight with. The few hours that they are “mine” they will however have a room filled with positivity, and if you have not tried to share your own interest in volunteer work I dare you to try – it is rewarding beyond belief.

Everyone has something to bring to the table

More than once when I have talked with both friends, or been a speaker at events people think that what I do is incredible (no self promotion intended), and I always tell them the same as written here “It is easy to participate, just bring your interest and passion and you will improve others lives”.

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Share, and get back tenfold

The reply always centers around them not having an interest as special as mine – trust me you do. It is not about the interest but the engagement and energy.

Recently a business connection took me on my word and asked me if I could connect him with an organization, because he wanted to assist with IT – which is an area where he excels. I did so, and he now offers his expertise and passion about IT to a large Danish NGO that could use some help in that area.

So please dear readers – share your passion, and let others benefit. If you can think of nothing contact me, and together we will make a difference.

Silence! … but not dead and gone

Sorry about my silence. Have had a life filled with other stuff, but I have not stopped playing board games. Instead of a long post I will just do a short summary since last we “spoke”.

Have played board games 🙂 Could end the post here but a few things bear mention.

IMG_1428The Saturday we just passed gave me another cool experience. Was once again invited to arrange a board gaming event for Save the Children Denmark (Red Barnet). It is an initiative where they assist families that for some reason or another are facing challenges, and where kids can come and have fun for a few hours.

Am I alone in thinking that people who invest their time in helping others are amazing? I get to do the easy part; I play board games. They plan, arrange and participate month after month with many different activities. They deserve respect, and this Saturday I met two new people I consider heroes – Marie and Brynhild you are shining stars. (Not forgetting my brother who threw all he had to assist me in explaining rules and being around these wonderful children and their families).

Sunday was followed with an all day event where we played tons of games.

A few are brought up in this post. We revisited Terra Mystica; without any kinds of doubt one of the best games ever designed. Also I got to play a game of Survive: Escape from Atlantis. The only new game in the event I had not played before.

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Today my youngest daughter and eldest son played Alchemists. A board game where you use an app to assist you. In the case of Alchemists the app will tell you what your ingredients mix when you stir them in the pot, and try to make a name of yourself in the potion brewing market. We see more and more games that implores the assistance of apps when playing the games. Nice twist.

I am off work at the moment. The last three days left of my hard earned vacation. Easter is coming up, and I hope you will get to spend it with your families… playing board games?

 

The outsiders! Are they really that weird?

Sunday afternoon was a day that I had been looking forward to. I was going to be playing board games (surprise), but not board games with the usual crowd.

Instead I had used my contact within Red Barnet – Save the Children to setup a day with one of their local activation groups. An activation group is a group where children who might not have as many friends, is feeling lonely or similar get the opportunity to meet others and have fun…

They are outsiders – not by choice but by circumstances, and they are perfectly normal children who have just had a lousy hand of life dealt.

We played for three hours and it was fun. No; it was more than fun. It was rewarding to see the joy, hear the laughs and people trying to give their best Arrrrhhh to be first player in the pirate shoving game (Walk the Plank). It was giving to see the work the volunteers put into making a difference for some worse off.

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Il Sesto Senso (Mysterium). The Italian version of the Ukrainian game.

… and it took a measly three hours. Three hours of my life spent on kids who gave so much more back.

And now it is time for the proud parent statement. When I arranged this day two of my kids volunteered instantly. They wanted to help, and they wanted to make a difference. We read about people who do not accept each other due to religion, skin colour, weight etc., and here two of my kids just volunteered instantly. (And it was my son who got everyone Ahhhring – god damn it was fun, he really made them get into it).

It is not the first time I have done this, and it will not be the last. Yesterday I had a meeting with the Danish Heart Organization (Hjerteforeningen), where we arranged a day playing board games for children with heart diseases and their siblings.

I met with two women who have dedicated their lives to improving the conditions for children who have a (sometimes) very deadly and infringing disease. I am so looking forward to this as well.

This is also a reason for me playing board games. It was not what got me started, but it is a major reason of what keeps me going.

Just three hours – it was all it took. Should we not all be able to find three hours in our lives making a difference for those that have a hard time?