Louisiana Open Boardgamers Association
While the iNoob crew was out and about Saturday, we decided to check out a monthly event that I have been invited to by a friend before but was never able to make it. I’m referring to the Louisiana Open Boardgamers Association of Lake Charles and if you haven’t checked them out yet, you really should.
The LOBA group meets on the first Saturday of every month from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM in building A, room 2 at Lakewood Bible Fellowship Church. There was no admission charge and snacks and drinks were being sold at a minor charge, but attendees are allowed to bring game friendly food and drinks. No alcohol is allowed nor is food that would be unfriendly to games such as Cheetos. The venue already has a large selection of games to choose from, but bringing in a board games of your choosing is also welcome.
Board games from Yahtzee to Axis and Allies Photo by: Beth Sibille
My wife and I went to LOBA with our two children since my step-son is an avid board game player and I felt he would get the most of out the event. When we first arrived, we were warmly greeted by LOBA founder John Juhala. John was finishing up a game with other LOBA members when we arrived, but once he finished up he came up to us and introduced himself. John and I discussed what types of games were played while my children picked out a complicated Harry Potter game they have never played before. While we unboxed the kids game of choice, John and I discussed the details of the group. I noticed there were no tabletop or miniatures games being played, so being a Star Wars Armada fan, I asked John if anyone ever played X-Wing or Armada. He informed me that the group was founded for fun and enjoyment without having to worry about collecting figurines or role playing.
John and I continued to discuss semantics of the group while setting up Rory and Alex’s Harry Potter game. After the game was setup, I pulled the instructions aside to try and decipher how the game worked but John sat down and immediately began setting up the game to play with the kids. Now, if anyone has ever played a board game other than the usual classics like Monopoly or Checkers, some games can be quite complex to play and can take upwards of 15 to 30 minutes to setup. John, knowing the game from playing with his children already, began to play with Rory and Alex for thirty minutes before finishing the game and the kids decided to pick a new game to play.
We ended up staying at LOBA for about two hours before we had to move along to our next appointment, but Alex wanted to stay longer to play more games. Typically, I am anxious about attending clubs or events because I don’t like to feel like the new person in the group, but at LOBA we all felt like we belonged from the moment we walked in. If you’re a board game admirer and you’re looking for a good family friendly environment, look no further.
You can find more information on the Louisiana Open Boardgamers Association at their site http://www.meetup.com/Louisianna-Open-Boardgamers-Association-of-Lake-Charles/.