A board game collection for a dollar a day!? That’s right.
Hello, fellow gamers! I’m a new contributor here, and a long-time gamer of various sorts. Like many folks, there’s not much money in my budget for entertainment, but I’ve been working on expanding my modest tabletop gaming collection recently.
I’ve been playing games for a long time. I grew up with an Atari 2600 and NES in the house. In middle school, I got into Magic and tabletop RPGs. I’ve worked in two different comic and game stores, which helped me branch out into more obscure card and board games. All throughout, I’ve also been a PC gamer. Within the past year, however, I’ve delved much deeper into card and board games for both the in-person aspect, and to get away from constantly staring at screens (Not that I’m divorcing myself from the digital realm entirely, or even mostly).
But board gaming can be expensive, and it’s not always possible to get folks in the same place at the same time for a game. In the upcoming posts, I’ll be exploring ways to scratch the gaming itch on the cheap, with an emphasis on developing a budget gaming collection that is not just flexible but also solo player friendly. I’ll chose a budget of just 30 dollars a month to work with to build the collection over a year. I’ll also have suggestions for those who have just a little more money available. We’ll start with the assumption that you have basic tools like paper, pencils, scissors, and access to a printer, but nothing else.
The collection will cover as many modern board game mechanisms as possible, tabletop RPGs, and many classic card and board games as well. An ambitious goal for 360 dollars, for sure, but a lot of D.I.Y., creativity, and flexibility will stretch those dollars pretty far.
I’ll get into the details in a few weeks with the next post. However, if you’re an Android user and want to get a head start on scratching your board gaming itch, check out the Humble Mobile Bundle going on right now, until the 21st of this month. Five dollars gets you the Android implementation of 8+ games, including a number of popular board games like Catan, Ticket to Ride, Splendor, and Galaxy Trucker.
I’ll see you in a few weeks!