By Michael Mendis
This year was my first time to visit Geekway to the West, an annual board game convention located here in Saint Louis. It was a huge event that took place over the course of an entire weekend, with around 2500 gamers in attendance. The convention hall was jam packed with people playing games, chatting, and just generally having a good time.
There are a couple things I love about playing with a bunch of people who are passionate and knowledgeable about board games:
- I get to know more about people and how they interact with one another
- I often get to try new games
Geekway was a great place to experience both of those things. Some people I played games with that day were people I already knew, but others I met that day, and it was fun to see varying personalities come together in a common pursuit. I also got to play several board games that I had never even heard of before; Geekway had a table full of games that people could borrow during the event, and the avid board gamers I played with already knew what they wanted to try out. In that way, I shared in the benefit of their expertise, as they picked out the games that they already had some knowledge of and were excited to play. Personally, I really enjoyed two games: The Last Friday, and Starfall.
Jacob also attended Geekway this year, and a big chunk of his time was spent playing one of his all-time favorite games, Here I Stand, which is a grand strategy war game set during the time of the Reformation. He almost wasn’t able to play it that weekend, actually; several attempts at forming a group prior to the convention fell through. God had some unexpected plans, though: when Jacob and another friend of his set up the game on their table during the convention, several gamers recognized the game and asked to play. Some of them don’t even live anywhere in-state, so this was a unique opportunity that God gave Jacob to share a small slice of life with gamers he might otherwise have never met.
Altogether, Geekway was a fun experience and I definitely recommend attending in future years if you can! Grab a few friends to go with you, try out some new games, and meet some new people. And as a Christian, it’s a great opportunity to enter into a largely unreached people group and share Christ’s love with those around you.