Consider this an introduction. :)

Greetings all,

Thank you for taking the time to look at livingbytheboard. This particular message isn’t going to be horribly entertaining, but please bear with me. Consider this an introduction, to me and to my experience in table top gaming.

I was always a fan of the classic board games such as Monopoly and Scrabble. It wasn’t until three years ago that my eyes were opened to a whole world full of board games. Funny enough, I married into that world. My husband introduced me to all sorts of amazing board games and we haven’t stopped collecting, sharing, and playing since. Some of my favorites are Ticket to Ride, Takenoko, Dixit, and Castle Panic.

I created this blog with the sole purpose of sharing games with all of you. I’ve noticed that when people think of board games, they usually see it as a way to pass time or a cliché’ family night activity. Table top gaming can be so much more than that, there is an amazing feeling that comes from holding the pieces in your hands, using pen and paper, and rolling dice. It’s wonderful to interact with the pieces in person as opposed to interacting through a computer or gaming system. Don’t get me wrong, I love video games too, but they pale in comparison to table top gaming. There are many different styles and genres of board games and RPGs (role-playing games) and while I understand table top gaming isn’t for everyone, surely there is something out there for everyone. At a later date I will begin posting my personal reviews of games, information regarding the different genres and game companies, as well as suggestions on how to incorporate board games into your lives. As some of you may know some of these games can be quite pricey, so I will also be posting tips on how to save money and still enjoy the games you want and love. It is my hope that this blog will help current gamers to find new games and help new gamers to take the first steps to getting involved.

Before I end this, I’d like to leave everyone with several of my favorite sites.

Boardgamegeek.com & RPGgeek.com – These two are sites that I frequent nearly everyday, they have a great selection of topics ranging from instructional threads to top 20 lists. They also have a great store, if you are interested in table top gaming I strongly encourage you go check it out.

Drivethrurpg.com – This site has links on the bottom left side of the page to its partner sites. The partner sites range from cards to comics. All of the drivethru sites contain a “Free” section where you can download PDF’s of RPG’s, Card Games, and Comics. Their freebie section updates constantly, so check it frequently, you never know what you’ll find.

Dicetower.com – This a group of great guys that put up frequent reviews and instructional videos on Youtube.com, they play a lot of fun games and they are very good at helping you learn the games.

And…. my personal favorite. Tabletop with Wil Wheaton. Wil is a funny guy and has tons of great guests on his show, they all literally just get filmed playing fantastic games and having a great time. Tabletop is actually what inspired my husband and I to get so involved with board games. It’s a family friendly program and it is definitely worth it to watch. Tabletop is featured on Geek and Sundrys youtube page. Here is the youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/user/geekandsundry/featured

Well, that’s all for now! I hope to continue sharing with you. Until next time, spread the word. Pssss, the word is Game. 🙂

-livingbytheboard

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