Sarah's Board Game Journey

My family always played board games growing up, but what the community would be considered “classics” - Monopoly, Scrabble, Clue, etc.

When I met my husband, I learned about some more modern games, like Catan, Carcassonne, and Villainous. When the pandemic struck, games became our life essentially. Between the desire to have something to do as a family that didn’t involve screens but still kept us safe during the worst of the pandemic, and unexpectedly home-schooling my stepson, I became almost obsessed with board games.

Carcassonne Lifestyle Photo

Our collection grew from a modest 10-15 games to over 250. We have games covering a huge range of interests and topics. Game schooling was a lifesaver for our home-school journey, and about half of our collection is dedicated to games that aligned with some portion of my stepson’s curriculum: Ocean Catastrophe, Organ Attack and Evolution for science; Proof, Sum Swamp, and RPG-style games for math; Dixit, Headbandz, and Spell Smashers for ELA.

Now that things are slowly returning to normal, board games are still a huge part of our lives. We have family game nights two to three times a week, whether it’s just my husband and I, games with the kiddos, or longer playtime games with extended family. My mom and I also sneak games in during my daughter’s nap pretty regularly!

Board games have really made a big difference for us. They allow a fun outlet for the whole family and give us quality time together. I love seeing and supporting new projects, so much so that I started an Instagram dedicated entirely to board games. Visiting my page and adding content has been a great form of self-care for me, as it’s something I really enjoy doing.

Sushi Go Lifestyle Photo

Some of my absolute favourite games right now are Bandido, Sushi Go, Isle of Cats, Dice Throne Adventures, Adventure Tactics, Arch Ravels, Atheneum, and the One Hundred Torii.

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