Lee, Kyle, and I started Happy Mitten Games for a variety of reasons. One of those reasons was to help grow the hobby that we love.
Board game growth and the need for more
Since the beginning, we made a commitment to have quality content in the form of weekly blog posts and podcast episodes. Even so, a lot of our content is geared towards people who are already gamers.
The board game community is clearly growing and countless pioneer’s are helping to bring more awareness to the general public. Many of the people we spend time interviewing are making great progress for the hobby: Jamey Stegmaier, Chris from Dice Hate Me, Daniel Solis, Tox from Crits Happen, Rodney from Watch it Played, “Shoe” from VentureBeat, and Bo from The Gamesmith/ TableTop to name a few. It’s the quality contributions from everyone that help push the hobby further than it’s ever been before. Board Game conventions and their attendance continues to grow. More hobby games are being added to the shelves to big box stores. Season 3 of TableTop just funded at 1.4 million dollars. That’s amazing.
One relatively new push that entered the scene is #boardgamehour on Twitter. Every Monday people discuss board game related topics and questions for one hour. The most amazing thing about #boardgamehour is the hashtag trends almost every week. This is amazing because of the natural exposure it gives to the hobby.
With something like our podcast or a Dice Tower review video, people have to make an active choice to listen or watch. However, with something like a hashtag driven event like #boardgamehour, the board game conversation is in front of the entire Twitter community in a very organic way. Like many of you, we want to find more opportunities to make this happen. Thus, the #boardgamevs idea was born.
What is #boardgamevs?
In short, #boardgamevs is a Twitter event Happy Mitten Games is going to run with Nate from the Ministry of Board Games (the guy responsible for #boardgamehour and #boardgamersask) for the next several weeks. We are still sorting out the details but it’s going to run in a similar fashion to Nate’s other events. It will be a weekly conversation for one hour on the topic of board games. However, there will be one big difference; the community will debate two different board game related topics and discuss the pros and cons of each. After the event, we can compile the opinions of everyone who participated in the event into a blog post to reference later.
Why is this a good idea when something like #boardgamehour already exists?
1. It targets a more specific niche. Instead of discussing general board game subjects, we can dive deeper into topics, constructively debate them as a community, and help our audience make more educated decisions about these subjects.
2. It continues to make board games part of the public conversation and, hopefully, grow more interest in the hobby.
3. It’s another chance for us to discuss the hobby that we love.
How can I help?
Ultimately, this idea was made for the community and to help give another avenue to grow the hobby. We plan on starting #boardgamevs, on Thursday June 12th at 3pm EST and running it through the end of August. At that point, we will evaluate if it’s an event worth continuing based on the community response.
Specifically, you can help in 2 ways:
1. Submit topics. Genre vs. genre? Mechanic vs. Mechanic? Board game vs. board game? What do YOU want to talk about? Please submit suggestions in the comments below or tweet us @happymitten.
2. Share this content. Spread the word. The more people we can get involved, the better. You can share this post (www.happymittengames.com/boardgamevs) or the interview where we discuss the idea in more detail with Nate here (www.happymittengames.com/32).
Thank you for all the support! We hope to see you on June 12th!