The first paycheck I received during my first job in college, I knew exactly what I wanted to purchase, a Saxophone. I know, not a board game, I didn’t get into board games until 2013. With my new/used saxophone, I played it a dozen times and it sits in my buddies basement in Rhode Island….ugh. Next was model cars and planes, fish tanks, coloring books (don’t laugh), acrylic paints, drawing and so on.
I have spent most of my adult life and plenty of dollars looking for an artistic hobby I could get interested in for more than two months. I am the kind of creative person that has no real artistic talent, I mean zero talent. I took classes when I was a kid and I thought I was good. I learned quick that the people who think they are terrible are the real talents and me, who thought I knew what I was doing, was clueless.
Along come board games and I have found what I have been looking for. Board games are perfect for my analytic brain and my creative goals. Board games give me the freedom to work with mechanics and themes to build a “functioning sculpture.” I don’t have to create the basic pieces that go into a game, I can take pre-made parts and fit them together in as many different ways as I can think of. Making a board game also has a project management part to them. Board games have offered my creanalytical brain the outlet it has been looking for my entire life.
I get excited to work on a board game project. I get excited to figure out solutions to problems that are less artistic and more logistic where the result end up being the art form of a board game. I have been working on board game projects for almost two years and I can’t think of any other hobby, artistic or not, that has been able to keep my interest for this long. Making board games makes me happy and give the the creative outlet I have spent most of my adult life looking for.
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