Wednesday, December 26, 2012


Every year we are faced with this pick a resolution thing. Often it is based on improving and changing ourselves but they set us up, more likely, for failure.  This year we are encouraging you to have a resolution that you won't fail at.  Stick with me now...don't change to another facebook message or skip over to youtube, this is easy!  

The New Years gift that improves ones self..... learn 1 new game a month!  After a year you will have learned 12 new games!!!!  Games that will build your social graces, improve your memory,engage yourself in good sportsmanship, embrace the brotherhood of game players and courageously increase your board game library of knowledge!

Think about it!!!  Your friends will be jealous, you have FREETIME to play at The GameBoard?  You will increase your MEMORY and the time gained at Walmart not wandering helplessly up and down aisles, can be spent with family! You won't get upset over silly road rage instances because you are a GOOD SPORT!  No more climbing out of your vehicle to break someone elses windshield because you have PATIENCE.  Imagine the raises you will get with your strengthened gray matter, after all playing a board game is amazing for BRAIN HEALTH!  

So go ahead pick the resolution that keeps on giving... and this will be the year you fulfilled that RESOLUTION and it was FUN!  

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Come play mind games with me……

Let’s jump for joy, shout from every mountain and sing the praises of our brains!  I love my brain and sometimes it needs a vacation.  Giving my brain exercise is something we overlook in our day to day routine.  We ignore brain stimulation and instead plant ourselves in front of some mindless task.  Our brains are screaming for more!

By using a combination of board games and puzzles, not only do you stimulate your imagination but you enhance your mental capabilities.   The best part is its fun!  In today’s board game market there are lots of choices for social game play and solitary game play, too.  These are not your grandparents’ board games!  Board games took a turn in 1995 when a little known game made its way to America from Germany.  The game was, Settler’s of Catan, and is today one of the best known European style board games.

Our brains eat up the game play, because it is engaging.  We are in control of our turns, because these games are based more in strategy then luck.  For instance, when rolling dice we hope to roll a high number, but when given a hand of cards we can decide which card is the best to be played.  Sheapshead, Euchre, Chess, Dominos, Cribbage are all based in strategy and decision skills.  We love them!   Sadly there isn't always the right amount of people to play with or maybe our family doesn't like our favorite game.  Sometimes this leads to playing video games.

There is another choice; board games occasionally have solitary play options.  By changing up the game it creates another format of enjoyment.  Every now and then, playing alone is a great way to stimulate your brain.  When you play alone, you can give your brain the massage it needs and challenge yourself to improve your game play. 

In singular game play, you can take a risk that you wouldn't take, if the game was riding on your actions.
Board game themes are full of rich, captivating story lines. So bring out that old friend you haven’t played with in years and reconnect with that game.  Or take some time and peruse your local board game store.  Remember there is something very enjoyable about holding the weight of the latest board game, feeling the beautiful linen board and rifling through the crisp untouched cards.   Your next adventure awaits you and it is at the tip of your fingers.