When I tell people I have a lot of games, they either think I mean a big box in the cupboard, or something of that nature. It isn't until they walk into my house and see my walk in kitchen cabinet over taken with games (Yes we are between bookshelves!). At one point I saw it as an obsession, something to be ashamed of, I would down play my urges to buy more, and though I think this is wise, I was forgetting why I love board games in the first place.
For me, board games aren't just an outlet for the nerdy and shutin, but rather an opportunity for families and friends to connect on a deeper level, to turn off the TV and put down the iPhones and really engage with each other. One of the biggest hurdles I have found in trying to introduce more games to my life is when we spend time with people that don't understand the concept. There are many people who view games as something that isn't for them, something for people that like puzzles and can't turn off their brain.
What I have realised over the years is that games aren't just for those kinds of people, but for everyone. I am of the belief that everyone has a game, they just havn't found it yet. We have been having regular game nights with some close friends of ours that we never envisioned would enjoy games, but low and behold, they have been the most excited and adventurous of any I have played with.
My game collection isn't just for me to store away and collect dust, but to be a library for my friends and family to come and enjoy. What is your collection like? Do you just keep games you like yourself or do you have something that fits any kind of person, I love having a collection of the later, It has allowed me to open up so many people to the joy of the hobby.