by Legendary Lew
I’ve long been a fan of board games. Since I was a kid, I was crazy about them, and during the 1970’s, board game ads exploded on TV.
Board games are apparently making a comeback, as people feel the effects of social media/internet isolation and of working multiple jobs. I also believe that in times like these, where there are definitely factors out there trying to divide people, getting together for weekly fun is therapeutic. We need gatherings like this.
In this spirit, I’m proud to announce that The Thrillo Pad is experimenting with the idea of a weekly board game night. I have been recently acquiring more board games with a few aspects in mind:
- They are not roleplaying games. I was never a fan of roleplaying games, as I personally feel they isolate newbies and those who have no interest in investing time and psychic energy into delving deeply into characters and their stats.
- They are relatively easy to understand and play. A lot of guests (along with me) have limited time, so making sure that play goes smoothly will be important.
- They are out of print. I’ve recently found some treasures that blew my mind. I found them cheaply and intact (there was one notable exception, but it was an amazing discovery for $1). I love the idea of sharing a game that’s exclusive to my friends.
- They promise to be fun. Goes without saying.
I’ll be posting pictures here of new acquisitions. Here’s one for a game night coming up in the future. It’s long out of print, so you may have a very exclusive chance at playing. If you want to be a part of the fun, stay tuned with us at The Underground Multiplex. We’ll have updates of our game nights.
One of my recent acquisitions is the game High-Bid, an auction game from 3M, published in 1965.
More on this particular game, plus other out-of-print games in upcoming posts.
Legendary Lew is the co-founder of The Underground Multiplex. His work includes heading award-winning midnight movie screenings and promotions covered in Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Associated Press and other media outlets. He’s the host of the podcast “Mediatrocites” here at TUGM.