Tea and board games are two of my favourite things in the world.
Tea is, in my humble opinion, one of the best beverages in the world. It allows focus while it relaxes the soul. It fosters both social and solitary endeavours. It feels like an indulgence, yet gives health.
Boardgaming, likewise, is one of the best pastimes. With a board game, you can meet complete strangers, and within minutes you can be laughing with them. You don’t even need to speak the same language; a lift of an eyebrow and a nod or shake of the head can communicate all you need.
Together, you have a perfect combination. For many board games, you need focus and concentration, and tea can provide. Tea is best when shared with friends, and board games can provide the impetus for a gathering. Together, they are greater than the sum of their parts.
Tea is already the most consumed beverage in the world after water and needs no help from me. Board games are quickly rising as a popular pastime as more people realise their potential as a social activity. More board games are being released every year, games that encourage social interaction, reward bold manoeuvres, encourage analytical thinking and keep the participants talking about the events long after the game is packed away.
Tea and Board Games will be mostly about the act of playing and sharing in board games, recommendations of board games for the newcomer to the hobby, discussions of game mechanics and tactics, and will aim to act as a window into the world of boardgaming that can seem so daunting.
The most important thing about approaching board games is to do so with an open mind. Board games have come a long way since the likes of Scrabble and Monopoly, and I believe that they are worth sharing with everyone; I hope you find something here that will encourage you, too, to share board games with the world.
– Tim Yates