Parkland’s own board game club is back after its two-year Covid hiatus.


Parkland has his very own personal collection of board games on hand, along with those that faculty advisor Deane Geiken has in his personal collection that he is willing to share with the club. In total, the club has over a hundred different games to choose from. Geiken said the club has games ranging “from checkers to very complicated games like Wingspan that take a couple of hours to play”.

In addition to the various games they have on hand, Geiken mentioned that the club is willing to use club funds and offer a game that you might want to try. He explained, “All you have to do is ask!”

Aside from the bi-weekly Thursday meetings, the club offers Dungeons and Dragons one-shot sessions throughout the month. The first will take place on Monday, September 12th, also in D026.

Speaking to Geiken, the prospectus learned that the club is even trying to expand its reach beyond students, creating a “faculty-only” version.

Board Game Club Flyer
Photo provided by: Kennedy Potempa, Staff Advisor

The prospect also had the opportunity to speak to Isaac Ekberg, the club’s founder. Ekberg has since graduated from Parkland and has a degree from Northern, but still takes classes here as an undergraduate.

When asked about his inspiration for starting the club, Ekberg said he originally started the chess club at school and didn’t really have much experience with board games.

However, it was a twist of fate that gave Ekberg the opportunity to catch a broadcast on Parkland’s radio station by another member of the chess club, Ben Johnson.

Through this experience Ekberg got to know Geiken. Ekberg said the idea for a board game club in Parkland came from a conversation the two had.

As for Ekberg’s hopes for the club after returning from the Covid break, he says he would “want to see the club move back into a busy space”.

Ekberg notes that many members of the club came because they happened to be passing by the meeting while it was taking place and were interested.

“I’m happy to see the club survived Covid but if it’s to thrive and grow new people need to see people’s facial expressions when they’re playing a game.”

Isaac Ekberg, Board Game Club

He adds: “This is the best advertising we could ever do.”

Although Ekberg is no longer president and is no longer as involved with the club as he used to be or would like to be, he still tries to attend meetings.

With Ekberg no longer serving as the club’s president, he is seeking to fill the position as well as those of vice president, treasurer and secretary. This offers students looking for leadership roles the opportunity to do so in a unique environment.

To make matters worse, the club will have an “almost a day long game day” at the very end of this semester. The event is open to anyone interested. It takes place on December 8th in the Flag Lounge just on the edge of the M wing and across from M108.

Joining Board Game Club is super easy, all you have to do is show up! You may also contact Faculty Advisor Deane Geiken or Human Resources Advisor Kennedy Potempa. For more information about future meetings or general questions about the club, you can read the newsletter below.

Board Game Club Newsletter


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