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How Reroll Rentals Came To Be

I'm a big fan of games and I have a lot of them, so I decided to start this little business venture to give more people to try out games that they might not normally. I have a tendency to bring a few games to most gatherings I go to, but that's only so much. With this many games not being played that often, it seemed like a good idea to rent out my game library to others. This is my first time doing something like this, so it probably won't be perfect, but it should be a fun adventure no matter what happens.

But how did I get into games? Why am I such a big fan of them? Why am I known as the game master to all of my friends? It started pretty simply and snowballed quickly from there. My family played a fair number of games while I was growing up, but we stayed pretty mainstream and branched out as far as Settlers (Catan nowadays I think) and Ticket to Ride. Then while working at the local movie theater in high school, one of my coworkers/friends invited me over for a game night. I distinctly remember playing Last Night on Earth and Flashpoint: Fire Rescue and being blown away by the cool mechanics and themes of those games. Shortly after I bought my own copy of Last Night on Earth and so began my own descent into the wild world of modern board games.

The games that got me started. (Last Night in an expansion box as 10 years can be rough on a game box)

After Last Night on Earth, I'd play a different game at a friends house and know I had to have it. Honorable mentions include Dominion, 7 Wonders, Betrayal at House on the Hill. Not to mention all the different smaller games like Exploding Kittens, Coup, and Love Letters. After enough of this, I started to get quite the collection. Then somehow I stumbled upon the even wilder world of Kickstarter games.

For those who don't know, Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform for creators. Board games are a major part of it at this point, but it also includes different art projects, video games, books, and a variety of other things. The idea is that people can get their projects funded by a large number of individuals contributing a little bit of cash. It often results in getting a first version of the product at a discounted cost or with extras included, but sometimes the reward is a simple as you name in the credits or knowing that you helped a project come to life.

I'm not even sure how it happened, but somehow I found out about board games being funded on Kickstarter. Looking at my project history, I first helped kickstart Sunless Skies, a sequel to the indie game Sunless Seas that I played on my computer. The second project I pledged on was Heart and Brain: the Ultimate Social game of Wits. I follow quite a few different webcomics on instagram, so when #theawkwardyeti posted about a game he was making, I joined in! As the say, the rest is history.

The stair shelf before.

Here I am approximately 10 years later with a rather daunting stair shelf of games. Most of them are from various Kickstarter campaigns, so more on the newer edge of the market. Currently, I have 95 games and probably another 10 on the way. It's a bit of a problem, but as long as it's socially oriented and fairly wholesome fun, then I don't find it to be too terrible of an addiction. My current touch goal is to play every one at least once a year, though as I get more it becomes more difficult. Those who know me know I bring games to every gathering....just in case.

The stair shelf after.

That was kind of a long rambling story of how I got into games, but that's what was the inspiration for Reroll! Everything has to start somewhere I suppose.

Thanks for reading and be sure to check if there are any games you'd be interested in! I have a few different ideas for future posts (mostly reviews, thoughts on games) but feel free to comment with any other ideas or suggestions.

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