If you walked into the dining hall during the annual Camp Phillip Gamer’s Retreat you would see a lot of smiling faces. In fact, if you’re not a gamer, you might think it was a joke. Who sets aside a weekend in their busy schedule and drives to Wautoma, to play board games all weekend?
These people do:
The term gamer may mean different things to different people. But the kind of gamers that gather at Camp Phillip for the Gamers’ Retreat each year are the kind of gamers who love sitting around a table and playing board games. For a lot of us, it is one of the highlights of the year.
After you ask who these people are, your next questions might be, “What kind of board games are those?” There are all different kinds of board games, and often our camp staff are in the position where we have to answer questions like, “Is that like Monopoly?” The answer is usually “Not really.”
At this retreat there were people playing longer, heavy strategy games. There were also people playing shorter, lighter games like this one: Click Clack Lumberjack, or this one: Animal Upon Animal.
Most games are somewhere in the middle. They are filled with fun, and interesting choices, and the attitude at the table is one of good-hearted fellowship. If you’re interested in checking out games like this, try Ticket to Ride.
For those of us who simply delight in getting to sit at a table and have some good-natured fun, this weekend is a great blessing. It was a great experience to see so many people having a good time, sharing a hobby that they love. Whether the participants won a lot of games or even won a prize at one of the tournaments that were held, great fun was had by all. Also lots of snacks were shared by all.
As soon as the date gets set for next year’s retreat, you should mark your calendars. It’s a great weekend!