LIMA — For many of us, when we think of board games, we think of Monopoly or Scrabble. Board games have come a long way from our childhood, and there’s a group in Lima that comes together to enjoy some of the newer games out there, even if they don’t have an actual board.
The Lima Area Gamers host the board game night at 5 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month at Lima Mennonite Church at 1318 N. Main St. in Lima.
“It started in 2011 by the former pastor, and then he transferred to a different church so we kind of took over,” said Brian Good. He and his wife Mary are hosts of the free event.
“It’s an outreach in the community, getting people together to play games. We enjoy playing board games, so this is a good way to get other people out who like board games as well,” said Good.
“We like a lot of the strategy games. Every month there’s always a Trivial Pursuit group. They come, play Trivial Pursuit and then they leave,” said Good with a chuckle.
Larry Oatman, who joined the Lima Mennonite Church after experiencing a game night a few years ago, likes the social aspect of game night.
“We [older people] play Trivial Pursuit, and we recruit younger people, once in a while, to keep it refreshing. We did that for a long time and then the Goods hosted the thing. We got kids around here a lot of times, playing all different kinds of games. It’s just a fun time. It’s a social activity. It’s my favorite day of the month,” said Oatman.
On Saturday night, the Goods were involved in playing a card game called Dominion.
“There’s different cards you can buy. Each turn you get one buy and one action. So you draw five from here and the first thing you have to do is play an action and you can use the money you have in your hand to buy different cards. The game ends when [a particular] stack is out. So you’re trying to build your deck to get some higher [value] cards,” said Good.
They even try to introduce the group to newer games.
“Someone got a new Star Wars game that they knew would take three-plus hours, so they said ‘I’m going to bring this, is there any interest?’” said Mary Good.
“It’s always fun to see the new games people bring. It’s always fun learning different ones and seeing the strategy for each game,” said Brian Good.
Rosie Hamman usually plays Trivial Pursuit, but on Saturday night, she wanted to play Dominion instead.
“I like it because nobody’s really on their cell phones, and that’s nice. Sometimes we might check our phones to see an update of a score if Ohio State’s playing or we might turn it on the TV, but other than that, people are not using their screens. It’s just real nice,” said Hamman.
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