Stasia: I began gaming at an early age with my mother, who was the gamer in my family growing up. We played mass market games as, when I was growing up in the 60s and 70s, those were the games that were available. When I was about 15 years old, a new family moved into the house next door. The dad in the family had a bunch of the old Avalon Hill games and let me play them. I was hooked! I had never seen such games before and was fascinated by them. No one else in my family got into the games, but I did and before long I was buying my own games and playing them solo.
Fast forward a couple of decades and I now have my own growing family and am I introducing them into board games. My youngest daughter loved them almost as much as I did and when she got to be about 13 or so, C. and I got heavily into gaming together and started accruing our own board game collection, which has morphed significantly in the ensuing years.
Beth: My mom and younger sister were the gamers in our family growing up. I was more into Pokemon and video games than board games. When my mom decided to go back to college a few years ago and finally get her degree, she drafted me into being her gaming partner. I was a reluctant partner and we only played games once a week. That gradually changed and we are now playing games practically every day together – and sometimes we can even get Dad to play along with us!
BLINGING OUT GAMES?
Is blinging out games really a thing? We certainly think so! We have blinged out a number of our games including my (Stasia’s) favorite game of all time, Arkham Horror. There is so much stuff available to make your games shine!
THE GAMES HAVE CHANGED
The differences between the games that Stasia played as a child and now are like night and day. Modern designer board games are so much better! Even still, we can improve on their looks, can’t we? That is what this site is all about!
If you ever have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below and we will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,
Stasia and Beth Doster
Founders of Board Game Bling