This is where it all started.

Greetings All,

I was looking through my memories on Facebook and I found a picture of the start of mine and my husbands board game collection back in 2013. Back then, we had less than 30 games and now we have over 300!

It started with some of your standard card games like Uno, Phase 10, and Skip-Bo and some not so standard ones like Fluxx and Dixit. We had your standard Yahtzee dice game and some fun dice games in Cthulhu dice and King of Tokyo. We went a little crazy with Catan and got three different Catan games.

This is an unpopular opinion, but I don’t particularly care for standard Catan, however, I really enjoy Catan dice and Rivals for Catan. I remember sitting in bed with my husband and playing Catan Dice all of the time, but if I’m being honest Rivals made a bigger impact on me. We had two player games like Chess and Mancala, but Rivals was the first big experience with two player only games.

I think that Dixit and King of Tokyo were probably the biggest inspirations to us embracing board games as a way of life. To this day both get good play. Of course, we had our games that just didn’t stick with us enough. We got rid of Apples to Apples and Story Cubes pretty quickly and with that followed quite a few others from this original collection. We try to go through our games before Christmas every year to see what we are getting rid of and the weird thing is that no matter when the last time we played… it always hurts to say goodbye to a game. We still have Catan Family Edition and I’m certain that we haven’t played it since 2013, but my husband insists on keeping it. He says it’s because it’s a classic, but I know it’s because it was from the start of our wonderous hobby.

The great thing about this collection is that most of it came from a shop called Yottaquest. It was our FLGS until they closed it down. It was wonderful being able to go and physically browse shelves of games that could and for some, would one day be ours. Having a FLGS was a great feeling because even though they were greatly overpriced, it was almost like another home. I believe I was always nervous and shy when I would go, but I knew that I didn’t have to be… I knew that those were my people. What a greatly missed feeling… I am hoping that my first trip to Gen Con brings back that neat little feeling.

I know that this post was random and all over the place, but I just felt like chatting about it a bit. Do you remember when your collection started? Tell me about it!! Thank you for stopping by and until next time… Live by the board.

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Personalized Games

Greetings All,

Tomorrow is my two-year anniversary. I always try to make or purchase something geeky for my husband, for any occasion really. I purchased a personalized Chrono Trigger clock with our anniversary date and such on it. I also purchased a set of personalized playing cards. It’s a full deck that consists of pictures of our little family (including our smelly little ferret). Sadly I was too excited to wait until tomorrow, not to mention our schedule for tomorrow really wouldn’t allow us to do much celebrating. Anyhow, I gave him his anniversary gifts yesterday and he absolutely loved them! Seeing his reaction made me want to get personalized cards/games for my kids and subsequently made me want to share this with all of you.

I’ve always thought personalized gifts were adorable, especially when they can be more than just decor, i.e. the Playing Cards. I’ve put together a little list of different places that offer personalized games without costing you a fortune. There are many places out there that offer the same thing, but I chose the less expensive options.

Shutterfly – I got my anniversary card deck from Shutterfly. Now admittedly they are not the cheapest option I found, BUT at the time I had a free coupon code… so my cards were free. Shutterfly offers personalized cards and puzzles. Please see the link below.

Shutterfly Cards, $19.99 – http://www.shutterfly.com/photo-gifts/playing-cards

Shutterfly Puzzles, $24.99 – http://www.shutterfly.com/photo-gifts/puzzles

Oriental Trading – This website has a lot of cute bulk items for a great price. The offer playing cards: $14 per dozen, poker chips: $20.99 for 100pcs, and a custom connect four set: $10 per dozen.

Oriental Trading – http://www.orientaltrading.com/toys-games-and-novelties/games-and-activities/personalizable/games-a1-550234+18-TnJwcD02NA==.fltr

Cafe Press – Cafe Express offers personalized playing cards: $28 per set, personalized Monopoly games, including game pieces: $39.99 per game, and personalized Scrabble games, including game pieces: $39.99 per game.

Cafe Press – http://www.cafepress.com/make/custom-toys

Printer Studio – They offer tons of personalized puzzles: $1.48 – $16.51+, Personalized Memory Match games: $9.99+, and personalized Dominoes for $12.29+.

Printer Studio – http://www.printerstudio.com/unique-ideas/personalized-puzzle-games.html

Walgreens – Walgreens offer 8×10 personalized puzzles: $14.99, personalized puzzles w/ gift tins: $24.99, and personalized playing cards: $22.99.

Walgreens – http://photo.walgreens.com/walgreens/storepage/storePageId=Toys

121 Personal Gifts – This site offers many cool games. They have personalized poker sets: $49.95-$69.95, Cribbage Games: $42.95-$48.95, Domino Sets: $39.95-$49.95, Double Deck card cases: $44.95, and Mancala sets: $23.95.

121 Personal Gifts – http://www.121personalgifts.com/browse-by-gift-type/poker-set

Now some cute Freebies:

Instructables – This site has plenty of great ideas, but I found a personalized Guess Who thread that would be a great gift/project for kids.

Instructables – http://www.instructables.com/id/Personalized-Guess-Who/

I don’t know about your kids, but mine LOVE Pokemon! I found a free Pokemon card maker and a free Trainer card maker. These are both printable and very much so worth it to see the smile on your kids faces!

Pokemon Card Maker – http://pokemoncardapp.com/

Pokemon Trainer Card Maker – http://pokecharms.com/trainer-card-maker/

If there are any specific games you would like me to look for, please feel free to let me know! I hope that you all enjoyed this and I hope that some of you indulge in personalized games! 🙂

Thank you for stopping by and until next time… Live by the Board.

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