Board Games as a Pastime with Angela and Christian Peterson
When we are navigating a season change, we need pastimes, or hobbies, that help us pass time with pleasure. It distracts us from worry or grief, challenges our mind to think and strategize. It helps to keep us moving forward, instead of falling into crankiness, grief and despair. And if you are lucky, it also builds your character!
Today we are learning from Christian and Angela Peterson who host a podcast called “Married and Board.” Their podcast is a pleasant discussion about being married and playing board games. I was intrigued by the title, even though I have never been a game player. This couple has a hobby now, as a young couple, that will keep them young and healthy. Listen in…
What is your hobby?
Angela (A): Board games. We play a lot of board games.
Why did you choose this hobby?
A: Our history with our families – I grew up playing spades, hearts, bridge…
Christian (C): I grew up playing games too: Clue, Game of Life, Checkers, Monopoly. After our daughter was born, we fell into game-playing instead of Netflix.
A: We grabbed a random game from the shelf at Target for $25 and really never looked back.
C: This decision evolved into “modern” board games– or themed, strategy games that require an investment in time to learn.
A: The instructions are involved. Some of these games include:
- Settlers of Catan
- Ticket To Ride
- Wing Span (an entry level game, about birds)
- Spirit Island – protecting your island from settlers
- Undaunted Normandy – a WWII game that helps you strategize like a military officer
In the thesaurus, other words for hobby are: pleasurable pastime, craft, diversion, or obsession. Which one of these words best describes your commitment?
A: Diversion, because it swishes you you into a whole, different world
Obsession – because we like buying new games, and perfecting the ones we already have.
What is your time commitment:
C: I’d say our average per week is about 8 hours. 2 hours a few nights per week, and more on the weekend. That might be a little generous.
A: No, I think that’s pretty accurate.
Does this mean no TV?
C: No phones, no TV. Less TV goes hand in hand with more game time.
On the podcast, what do you talk about?
A: We highlight a different game on every episode of the podcast–what we liked about it, what we didn’t like about it.
C: Our podcast is for people like us – casual board gamers who just want to know more about games before we buy them.
Do you play in groups, or just the two of you?
C: We’ve done groups, but primarily, it’s just the two of us. Unfortunately, this is a male-heavy demographic – a lot of young men. Finding a female who likes games, like Angela, is rare. We’d love to find more women like her!
A: I’d love to find more friends who like board games!
What has been your initial cash outlay in case one of my readers wants to start this hobby? Are there ongoing supply costs?
A: Like we said, we started with a $25 game purchase at Target. Recently we’ve spent more, but our board game hobby is doable for an average of $50-60 per game.
C: New games is my favorite part of the hobby–buy, trade, or get as gifts.
Angela likes to spend more time perfecting the game, so she would buy games less frequently.
A: Christian would like to buy a game a month. Where I’d be happy with a game per quarter, so I could perfect it.
Do you see good values that come from this particular pastime?
A: Board games that we play are in-depth. They require problem solving, persistence. You have to think really hard. You have to interact with each other without distraction. Some games are cooperative, so you have to learn to play cooperatively.
C: And some games are competitive, so you have to learn good losing skills, safe fighting.
A: These are all skills we take into our marriage and our interaction with each other.
So it looks like you each have different roles or personalities in the board game world?
C: Angela is more of a rule follower, planner, strategizer. She needs to know the rules and enforce them.
A: Christian is a more visual learner, he just listens and goes! He likes the overall experience of the game. It goes with our different styles of learning.
C: At the end of game, the question Angela asks is “did we do it right?” and for me, the question I ask at the end of game is: “Was it fun?”
Are the kids learning all these skills from you?
A: The kids are learning. We play Uno with them. They are learning to win and lose gracefully, and to follow the rules.
Why should my readers get involved in your hobby?
A:For all those values we discussed in the earlier questions!
C: Board games are something beyond going to a movie and hanging out. Playing video games on line with strangers is not fun. But sitting down with a friend or partner, and working toward a common goal is much more fun.
A: It usually involves food and interaction around a table, so it creates more of a community setting. The different themes of each game are so varied, you can have any number of fun experiences and you might even learn something!
If my readers find your hobby intriguing – where can they find you?
Local shops are Angela and Christian’s preferred place to shop to support the local economy. Here’s where they shop: Game Depot. Although, Angela admits to resorting to Amazon if there is a “game emergency” or a “budget emergency!”
How could you incorporate more board games in your life?