It’s a whole day of rolling the dice, playing your hand and hopefully winning when the points are tallied.
Harrisburg Board Game Day takes place on September 4th downtown, at the Whitaker Center, where everyone can join in the tabletop action.
“Whatever you want to play, it’s going to be there,” said Matt Caylor, a Midtown resident and organizer of the event. “It’s a very welcoming community in general.”
According to Caylor, the intent behind Gaming Day is multifaceted — to provide an event for those who love board games, to introduce newcomers to the hobby, and to bring people in town together.
From 12pm to 8pm, groups or individuals can join the free event and test new games or find others to join their favorites. From card games to Eurogames to social deduction games, everything will be there. Some may take a few minutes while others may take hours. Both novice and experienced players can find something they enjoy, Caylor explained.
This is the fifth year of the event, previously dubbed Midtown Board Game Day. The name change reflects Caylor’s hope for an even larger and more diverse audience at the event, including all residents of the city and surrounding communities. The last board game day in 2019 before a pandemic halt attracted around 150 people. Caylor said this year could be even bigger.
“Board games break the conversation wall,” he said. “It bridges the gap to meet new people. The best experiences are when you can bring people to the table who aren’t like you.”
Harrisburg Board Game Day will partner with The Bodhana Group, a non-profit organization focused on board games as therapy, to provide access to their large library of games. Several board game designers will also participate, allowing people to test their games to provide feedback.
The event includes a raffle and door prizes as well as some snacks. Registration is recommended, but people can also go to the event and participate. The event is family friendly.
Caylor, a self-confessed board game geek, is looking forward to finding new games and potentially adding to his personal collection of around 200 games. But he’s really looking forward to the connections he’ll make with other community members while chatting around the table.
“It’s a way to connect with the people around me,” he said.
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