How I discovered inclusive board gaming.

Hey there! Welcome to our very first blog post. We are super excited that you’re joining us for our journey and we can’t wait to share our passion for inclusion and accessibility with the world. We truly hope we can help this amazing Board Gaming community and open the doors for more people to feel welcome and loved. I’m Penny, one third of CCG. I wanna share with you one of the reasons inclusion and really going out of my way to welcome everyone became such a passion.

I’ve loved board games ever since I was a kid. Back then, of course, it was games like Life, Mouse Trap, and Clue. My family, however, wasn’t that into them. I remember having to beg them to play a game with me. So when I met my husband and we were just dating, it was such a wonderful surprise when I found out he also loves games! I remember a few months into dating and he showed me his closet FULL of games and I silently thought to myself “I think I love him!” He was the one who introduced me into artisan board games and I fell in love with them and the whole gaming community.

It wasn’t until we had our first child though that the idea of inclusion and accessibility became such a glaring issue. Our 5 year old son was born with a rare genetic syndrome, called ADNP Syndrome and has a co-diagnosis of Autism. He also has a degenerative eye disorder call Retinitis Pigmentosa and Cone-Rod Dystrophy. Our wonderful boy has taught me so much about the details of moving through life that I had overlooked before because they didn’t pertain to my life or the lives of any of my family/friends. Before Silas, I never would have thought about color blind palettes or high contrast colors. It never would have occured to me to make the pieces of a game easy for someone with poor fine motor skills to pick up.

And while it’s common sense to make the entrance to a door wheelchair accessible, it’s not always the case. I never would have thought how the lighting in a room could affect someone, or if the noise level was too much, or if there was space for every person to comfortable play around a table.

When Jessy, Rae, and I started talking about the idea of CCG and what we envisioned the mission to be, it was so wonderful to know that others were also so passionate about inclusion and accessibility. It’s been such a fantastic opportunity to open up our lives to people who are seeking a safe space to find community and learn games. It’s about so much more than just learning how to play board games. It’s about connection with those around.

We recently started a Board Gaming 101 event at a local game store, Guardian Games and we already have a couple of regulars that had been seeking a group just like this to learn more about board games, and find a welcoming group to feel comfortable and safe. We love that we can be that group for people and we hope that this continues to grow. If you’re reading this and you live in the Portland area, we hope that you’ll follow us on Instagram and Facebook. We’d really love to meet you all and play all of the fun games with you.