And My World Grows
I came to Australia in 2008. I was 32 years old with a four year old child, leaving all of my family and friends behind. I only started working full-time three years ago and, two and half-years before that started studying to become a maths teacher. Before that, I was a stay at home mom. And much like thousands of migrant women staying alone at home with a young child, life revolved around the home and at times it was very very lonely. I didn’t have a lot of friends and the only family I knew was my husband. Unlike at university or high school, where proximity creates an environment that nurtures friendships, adult relationships are hard nurture when you don’t have the time to tend to them.
My world grew bit by bit when my son was old enough to go to childcare, then to school and now that he’s a teenager, I now have large chunks of my time back. Not that I regret being a stay-at-home mom, I was willing to take that sacrifice because my son needed me.
Now, by serendipity, I found this world of board games that opened up so many new possibilities in my life. I found close friends who are smart and funny. They share my love of logic and are creative. My friends now are board game designers and artists. Writers and reviewers. PhD students and entrepreneurs planning their mobile escape rooms. And just recently, I came to work with a board game publisher, Mandy Milne who is publishing Martin Wallace’s new game, Auztralia. When people at work giggle at me when I say I love board gaming or make dork jokes at my expense it doesn’t even affect me at all because they don’t know how awesome a dork’s life is in this world. Such a tragedy for them to be forever muggles.
Next week, I will be going to SaltCon to stay with my sister from another mother, Barbara Allen. We’re planning so many things to do this year, starting with how to grow World of Women, and fulfill our dream of making boardgaming an inclusive community. It’s a bit of a juggle working as a teacher, handling Schilmil’s social media, creating content for my own accounts, hanging out in our WoW community on discord and having time for my family so not a lot of gaming compared to weeks before happened. But, of course it did because nothing makes me happier than sitting down and playing board games. It’s part of my life now, and will always be. Not bad for somebody who was starting her life from scratch in a new country. I used to feel alien living in Melbourne but now I can’t imagine where else I would want to be.
And now on to the games I played!
I love the art of this game. The late 80s early 90s theme is very popular these days. This is how you know you are old when pop culture finds what you liked as teen cool again. It’s a decent worker placement game although there are too many working parts for a game that is not so deep. You really want the opposite in games, simple mechanics but intense planning. But that said, there is a place for games like this and this is called introduce my husband to eurogames one dinosaur game at a time.
This game I should not like but I do. I am not a fan of thematic games unless it’s done really well like Mansions of Madness nor am I a fan of anything Cthulhu but Auztralia I’d gladly play over and over again. Again, like any great game it has simple mechanics but plays smoothly with tough decisions. There’s a pandemic feel to this game as the old ones fill all the players with dread as they move to blight your ports. I can’t wait for the game to come out on kickstarter on March 6.
My husband loved loved this game. It’s beautiful, fun and quick. There’s a bit of luck involved but finishes quick enough so that you don’t feel that you’ve wasted your time. In fact, you will keep going back for more. A great family game to have in anybody’s collection.
NEAR AND FAR
Near and Far, a pretty solid game by Ryan Laukat. Above and Below is still my favourite game of his because I had such wonderful gaming nights with that game. It was my best introduction to boardgaming and one of the main reasons why I got into the hobby so it will always have a special place in my heart.
I finally played Terra Mystica and of course I was a mermaid. This is the grown up version of Clans of Caledonia. The theme of Clans shines through more than Terra Mystica and I still want to play clans but the minimization of luck is excellent. If you love eurogames this is the one for you. This is optimization at its finest. I can’t wait to play it again over and over, with all of the races, and properly sink my teeth into it. I can’t believe I only played this now. What have I been doing with my life?
I made a normal 10×10 challenge because the Hardcore one was stressing me out.
And a new shelfie posted on in the WoW Forums on Boargamegeek along with other shelfies from our group.