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Roll the dice with new approach


Enthusiast makes brave moves to shake up board gaming

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Rowan Morris playing board game Pulsar 2849 with Justin Hawkins and Lily Hawkins at ShepparCon 2018, a board gaming convention in Shepparton.

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EVER since you put your copies of Monopoly and Risk back on the shelf to collect dust, designers have been, and are still, constantly reaching for new and exciting ideas.

Board games aren’t just for the kids, they’re for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re sitting down to play over a glass of juice or a nice drop of red, there are just so many different games out there to enjoy.

They’re not only fun, they’re also fantastic for your health.

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that playing board games reduced the risk of cognitive decline which in turn is a reduced risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

On the other end of the spectrum, board games help to develop children’s social skills and support the growth of their cognitive skills.

In January, I started a website called Brave New Boardgames to offer a fresh and accessible approach to board games.

After years of playing at the table, I thought it was time I put together two things I love – board games and writing. On the website, you will find reviews, interviews and articles.

My dream is to highlight designers from all around Australia. I want to help us catch up to the US and Europe and help introduce modern board games to all.

Sure, it’s not for everyone, but don’t knock it ‘til you try it.

Have a read and don’t be afraid to drop me a line.

I’m always open to new people, new ideas and great conversations.

talk If you about want designing to learn more , or , even just say g’day, head over to BraveNewBoardgames.com.au

Board games help to develop children’s social skills and support the growth of their cognitive skills
– ROWAN MORRIS