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.
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.
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.
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.