Knights of the Game Table brings a new twist with non traditional board games
Interview and story by Janet Ferguson
“Pokemon-Go is so big now. So many strangers are hanging out like they’ve known each other forever. There are so many great board games beyond the classics we all know like Monopoly, Clue or Trouble that encourage people to come together, learn, play and interact beyond social media,” explained Katryna Brown, co-founder of Knights of the Game Table.
It all began five years ago when she and her husband Nicholas were without power for a week after the derecho storm.
“We put flashlights on and just played board games the whole time. We had so much fun and just realized we should do this all the time! So we found a group of friends and started with about 25 games,” she remembered.
Katryna and Nicholas now facilitate a group of people from kids to adults, seasoned veteran players to newbies and help to encourage them to learn games beyond the traditional ones that most people think of when they hear the words “Board Game”.
“We now have more than 150 games in our personal collection. It’s always growing and it just seems wrong to hog them to yourself. So we have board game nights with our friends where we have 13-14 people over and set aside 3 rooms to play games.”
The Browns are community minded and have used the games they’ve accumulated to help others.
“It was three years ago when we did our first charity event and we’ve continued doing so. This past April we raised $500 for National Children’s Cancer Society and we realized we can do this more than once a year,” she explained.
The Browns, as Knights of the Game Table, are working to bring tabletop gaming out to the community.
“We want to get people out of their houses to socialize and make friends. It’s good to just have some friends over or even to meet at a local coffee shop or bar and play a game together and interact. That kind of thing is a way to get everybody thinking and laughing and having a great time.”
They not only bring their games, but years of experience and knowledge about the games to an event.
“So if you are a fan of Clue, there’s Bloody Inn or Resistance that uses deductive reasoning and accusing people of murder. There are so many games that relate to the classics that people know and love. If I have a better idea of what someone likes from traditional board games, I can direct them to one that is like that – but just a bit different. When I say all ages, we have 6 years old kids who play most of the games adults do, if they can strategize then they can learn to play.”
One of the games they had at the beginning was Catan.
“That one is pretty popular and not in the normal ‘Milton Bradley’ realm. We had a Doctor Who game and Munchkin with all of the expansions and Takenoko.”
Knights of the Game Table are not about a profit.
“We normally like to do our events for a cause. We would like to keep it more around helping the community, like doing a fundraiser for a sick kid or maybe doing a school drive where you can bring school supplies as a ticket to play. We would like to find some sponsors for prizes and reward the ones who bring in goodies.”
Another avenue they are interested in pursuing is a way to encourage kids to use the games as a way to get involved in charitable causes.
“We are also looking to libraries for after school events where we would be there to teach them to play different games. Another thought was senior citizens who are in assisted living or in nursing homes. It’s good for those who have had stroke or dementia to help keep their minds working.”