Friday, 11 July 2014

Board Gamers discussing sports?

So this week, like normal, when I asked for topic ideas for #BoardGameHour & got lots of good ones. The thing that made this week a little different was that there were some ideas in there that were a little more off the wall... Dare I say it unpopular! Now I am not someone to back away from a challenge so I decided to put two topics that I felt would be interesting but that are not "sexy" topics up for the vote. What I chose were (knowing that one had to win), "Book keeping in board games" or "Board games about sports". I could feel the ripple of discontent as I made the announcement ;0)

I understand this was a risky strategy and that it it might be just me and 2 other people chatting on Mondays #BoardGameHour but I think it is worth the risk and I want to explain why. I believe that we have a strong community who are both smart and have very interesting ideas. I also believe that there are a lot of board game related topics out there that are not often touched upon, because they are seen as unpopular. I feel that sometimes we should really take a good look at some of these and see why they are so disliked as a rule.

Just so you know, the winner with 56% and the topic for this weeks #BoardGameHour was "Sports Games".
I hear you shout; "but I don't like sport, what will we talk about that could be interesting to me?". Well my response is that I don't like farming but I enjoy Agicola. I defiantly don't like the idea of war, or killing people, but I like war games. Anyway, my point is, lets talk about this on Monday ;0)

So what is #BoardGameHour?

#boardgamehour takes place on twitter once a week. It's a virtual hangout for people who either love board games or want to know more about the hobby.
So the big question is how does #boardgamehour work?
It's simple, to join in during the hour, all you need to do is add the #boardgamehour hash-tag to your tweets. To see what everyone else is saying just search for #boardgamehour! It can be even easier than that too, see below ;0)
Each week we have a general topic, that you vote on and I, using @boardgamehour will post questions to help guide the discussion. Side conversation are always welcome as this is a virtual forum for you to chat with other gamers, I only try to make it as smooth and easy as possible :0)

Making #boardgamehour easier!

To make this live Twitter discussion easier, I have made a room on Nurph.com which we can all use. All you have to do is make sure you are logged into Twitter then go to http://nurph.com/BoardGameHour/chats and log in, using your Twitter account. You don't have to use this, everything will be the same as normal, but if you do us Nurph, it acts like a chat room for twitter and add the Hashtag automatically :0)
For one hour every week, it's time to talk nothing but board games. #boardgamehour happens across the western world Every Monday - start times are:

11am in L.A,
2pm in New York, (Eastern Time)
7pm in UK,
8pm in Germany,
9pm in Finland,
And many more places around the world!

As long as you have a twitter account, mine is @boardgamehour for instance, you can be part of this rapidly growing movement. See you on Monday :0)

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Thanks for adding to the conversation on Ministry of Board Games ;-)