Jeremy is My (Matt) brother in-law but long before we became family we were great friends. I always enjoyed games but wouldn’t consider myself a gamer (my story comes later), When I first got to know him he almost disliked games, then we started playing together and I showed him how many different games were out there. Here’s his story.

I can’t say I’ve always been a big fan of board games, because growing up my family didn’t play them much. We would play the occasional game of Monopoly or Clue, but that was about it. My love for board games
began to slowly increase in 2003 after I met my good friend Matt Percy who later became my brother–in–law. It was through him; my wife Candace and their family that I learned to enjoy board games and card games. With them I would play games such as RISK, Rook and Cranium on a fairly regular basis.

Jump ahead a few years and you’ll find Candace and I playing games such as Scene It, Trivial Pursuit, Ticket to Ride and Poleconomy with Matt and his girlfriend Jen who is now his wife. Since then the number of games
I’ve learned how to play has grown by a large margin with no signs of slowing down. Candace and I went from owning 7 or 8 games when we got married in 2009 to about 30 games today.

Some of my current favourite games to play are Betrayal on Haunted Hill, Space Base, Dinosaur Island and BattleTech. I like the look of these games and I enjoy the strategy involved in each. Dinosaur Island and Betrayal on Haunted Hill do take about 1 to 1.5 hours to play so I don’t play them as much as I’d like to. Some shorter or quicker games I like to play are Las Vegas, Tsuro, Sagrada and Star Realms. Star Realms is a favourite of both Matt & I when we have some time to kill. My wife and I like playing Tsuro and Sagrada the most when it’s just the two of us.

In 2017 Matt and Jen started Cardboard Koinonia as a way of bringing followers of Christ and non followers together over something we all enjoy – Gaming. When they first started Cardboard Koinonia events, they were only held every 3 or 4 months. Now it has grown to the point where there is an event on the second Sunday of every month between September to June. Since it began, I’ve supported Cardboard Koinonia and it’s been so exciting to watch it continue to grow. Through Cardboard
Koinonia I have learned how to play so many different games and enjoy helping both Matt and Jen teach these games to others.

Due to the amount of gaming that goes on in our family, it’s no surprise to Candace or I that our daughter has joined in on the fun. Our daughter already owns about 5 or 6 games that she loves playing with her family. Board games have become such a huge part of our lives and they are such a great way to spend quality time together as a family. So whether it’s just the 3 of us at home or 6 to 8 of us at a family gathering, you’ll be sure to find us playing board games.

-JR