I am a techie, an entrepreneur, a mom and most would not consider me a “gamer”. I don’t have to be one to be able to see what happens when dice starts rolling and people gather together around a game table.
My gateway game was Settlers of Catan like so many others. Cards with literally no words on them became piles of wood. Inches of a board were huge vast landscapes. Shy friends become bold. Bold friends became hilarious. Each game piece was crucial as it represents assets, power, access to hidden treasures. It’s all so much more than just plastic bits in a box. That’s the power or gaming. Everything becomes MORE. I was able to amplify my fandom, find others around me that shared the love of games like never before. Boardgames were like the books I loved to read, they transformed my imagination and sent me into another universe.
Boardgame nights felt the same way to me. You went to someone’s house and you didn’t have to clean your apartment or worry about dinner. None of us were “gram” ready picture-perfect and that was the point. I got to actually “see” people. Friends new and old weren’t just faces streaming by in a collection of photos or texts. We laughed, we told jokes, we solved puzzles, we built railways, we made memories. Games are media for me and the social element was a lot more fun than communication via digital postcard. Suddenly social media wasn’t a bad thing. Then my social media got lost amidst long hours, kids, friends moving away, you know..life. The right place and the right times became things that were lefts now. Left behind, left out, left without a piece, left at someone else’s house.
And then things turned around when I was lucky to meet console guru Rob Wyatt who shared my vision. Gaming when done right is community. It’s home, it’s hearth, it’s entertainment and it’s sanctuary. You don’t have to be a lifetime geek to see the pattern in both reality and fantasy. How many great adventures start with friends in a tavern around a fireplace? In the world of tech very few things happen without help. Each person may be a solo act building a crucial piece but it’s how those pieces fit together for me is where the magic happens. With Rob, I started out on a grand adventure to find out how could we make gaming something everyone can do whenever they want regardless of circumstance? We wanted to create something more than just a piece of technology. We wanted to open the door for new gamers and to give experienced gamers a home they never had to leave. No easy task right? Gameboard-1 is the product of that campaign. A console that can house your entire gaming library and you can carry around with ease. Why lust after a gaming table that may be out of your budget when friends can sync up gameboards and create an interactive table of your dreams? Gameboard-1 is real and it’s coming.
Our pre-order campaign starts 10.10.
It’s been years since that first game night. I am married now and started a family. The world got bigger and scarier the minute my child was born. The phrase “It takes a tribe” suddenly became more real than ever. I am a techie. I like to build things and I have set out to not only solve a problem but build my tribe and rekindle the community that many miss. I want to see Gameboard-1 wherever people need to come together, to make a friend, to trash talk, to slay the dementors, to get the gold and to be more..together.
Gameboard -1. One board. All play
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