Hi I’m Ellen Warren of Geeks Unite! Board game cafe. I see games as a way of building a community with friends but also with strangers. The goal is to get people to unplug from their devices, reconnect with other and unite over a board game and food or drink. That’s why our motto is “Unplug. Reconnect. Unite.”
As an avid board game player but also blogger, I run board game events at restaurants, churches, libraries, and community centers. I have been to a number of board games meetup and gaming conventions in my life time. For many years, I would run board game events out of my home once a month. I call myself a game master, that role is to break down the game rules, teach them and even facilitate events. Part of my reason for being a game master is how fulfilling it is when I teach someone a game and the lights go on when they realize how exciting it is. The best compliment someone can give me after I teach a game is “Can I play it again?”
Don’t get wrong, I do enjoy the well- known mass market games like Yahtzee or Monopoly but I found my passion in designer game like Settlers of Catan or role-playing games like Dungeon & Dragons. When someone I meet is interested to learn about these types games, I will start with simpler strategy games or what is often termed gateway games. A few gateway designer games are Sushi Go, Dominion, and Ticket to Ride.
My passion is games; I love to talk about them, teach them and play them.