During the summer of 2009 my board game obsession was beginning to take hold. A little game called Dominion was getting a lot of play and I attended my first board game convention with my wife. Later that year I officially started The Board Game Nut. It was a few years earlier though when I discovered the wonderful world of modern board games and the seeds of The Board Game Nut were planted.
My wife and I had just finished enjoying some ice cream at a local ice cream shop when we noticed a board game store and decided to drop by. The owner of the store was nice enough to sit down and teach us a few games. We ended up walking out of the store with Blokus and Ingenious. It had begun...
Shortly thereafter we played Settler's of Catan. I had no idea that games like this existed! We both loved it, and quickly introduced it to a bunch of our friends. They loved it too. I began researching other games and discovered that there were tons of games that I wanted to play. Gradually my board game collection started to grow with titles like Power Grid, Ticket to Ride, and Carcassonne. Game nights were becoming more frequent. I needed more shelves!
After a few years of collecting and playing I started kicking around the idea with my wife of starting a business selling games. If I was going to start a business it was going to have to be something that I was passionate about and saw value in. I was definitely passionate about games, but is there value in games? Definitely! Games can help bring family and friends together. Some of my best memories as a kid were playing games with my family, and I still love playing games with my family. I always look forward to game nights with friends. Is there anything better than good friends, good food, and a good game? Games take us out of the hustle and bustle of life, get us to turn off the TV and spend quality face to face time with the ones we love. Games are also educational. Games can teach history, math, social skills, strategic thinking, and many other things.
So I jumped in with both feet and started the Board Game Nut. After about 4 years of selling my "real" job was getting in the way and I didn't have enough time to make my company as successful as I wanted it to be. After much deliberation I shut down The Board Game Nut in 2014. While the store is not around, my passion for games still is. This blog is an avenue for me to explore and share with others one of my passions in life...the wonderful world of board games. Happy gaming!!!