This August, Seize Your Turn has started a Play-in-Public Campaign, which urges adults to turn off the TV, get off the couch, grab a game and play out in the real world! Sure, some people will look at us a little funny, but when was the last time they played a game that wasn’t marketed towards kids? Maybe you want to ask them to join in a show them how much fun it is to play games as an adult!
To help kick-off this month of PiP I asked Kevin Schlabach at Seize Your Turn why he decided to start this campaign. His answer:
“I gamed as a child within my family a lot. But it wasn’t until 5 years ago that I was re-introduced into the gaming community and what it has to offer. A lot changed in that 20 years! I immediately wanted to show everyone how cool and fun games were, but it was hard to raise interest or find gamers. Nobody knew what I was talking about. There’s a mainstream stereotype about board gaming that isn’t completely aligned with the actual hobby; many people think that any type of gaming is child’s play. My first approach to this was by starting a local game group that met in pubs. This location alone set a different perception for new gamers (Our motto is “Drink, Play, Score!”). This play-in-public campaign is another step in trying to help the community expand by exposing the world at large to adult board gaming. I look forward to the day where games are not considered child’s play and I can go anywhere and find someone to sit down and play a game with. Gaming not only stimulates the mind, but it creates relationships and can cross all gender, race, and cultural boundaries.”
I agree – and “Drink, Play, Score” sounds like it’s right up my alley! I love playing games in bars or in the park. When was the last time YOU played out in public? Been a while? Why not do it again this month?