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 Dec 13, 2004 - 01:00 PM - by Michael
* Hooray for Board Games?

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Sometimes all the hardware you need is a cardboard surface, a few tokens, and some dice.

CALGARY (CP) - Amid all the hoopla surrounding video games, many Canadians are renewing a love affair with the board games of their youth.

"In our family it's practically a religion," said Erin Waite as she left a gaming store at Calgary's North Hill Mall with her five-year-old daughter Delaney.

"We actually have a Boxing Day tradition of extended family board games that start at noon and go until midnight," she said noting it pulls her sons, aged 16 and 13, away from video games once in a while.

"When you sit around a table playing a board game you've got the social interaction and that's what people are starting to realize they're missing," she said.

Board games, in fact, have moved beyond the family living room. They are now being played in some coffee shops across North America, and there's even a Sunday games night at the trendy Drake Hotel in Toronto.
Being an avid pencil-and-paper roleplayer and board game player, I agree; sometimes it's good to get out from the constraints of a console.

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