Board gamers getting together

Donna Palmer and daughter Jay are hoping to see Cambridge’s board game fans come along to an informal social gaming night at the Prince Albert tomorrow.

Cambridge has a new group gathering each week to enjoy a nostalgic past time – board gaming.

“Gambridge” will be meeting at the Prince Albert every Wednesday from 6pm, starting tomorrow, October 9. Organised by Donna Palmer, the idea is to have a simple social gathering at a local pub, playing board games.

“I think a lot of people are turning off their screens and wanting to play a real game. People always say they love board games,” said Palmer, a school teacher by trade.

“I looked to see if there was already a board game group in Cambridge, and there wasn’t, so I thought I’ll just do it myself!

“I’m just getting it started and hoping that it becomes a regular thing for people.”

Donna said anyone can come along, it’s free, and people can bring their favourite board game or learn a new one.

“I think there are a lot of people out there who would really enjoy this sort of thing, given the opportunity.

“They can just show up on the night, or check out the Gamebridge Facebook page if they have any questions.”

A board gamer for as long as she can remember, Donna hopes someone might have Cribbage and be able to teach her how to play it, having originally learned from her grandfather.

“I’d be really keen to learn again if somebody wants to bring it down,” she said.

Several games will be provided, with Donna bringing along her favourites – Rummikub and Bananagrams. Also a big fan of Risk, she’s considering setting up a longer Sunday afternoon session during winter for the longer, several-hour-long board games.

The group is open to all adults, from those in their teens or 20s up to retirees.

“It’s a good opportunity for younger people who have moved to town to meet other people,” added her daughter Jay. “It’s nothing too formal, just come and play a game and have a drink.”

“It’s really a bit of a reminder that pubs are not just a drinking place but somewhere where people can gather and be social and have fun,” said Donna. “And it’s so much better than playing on a screen.”

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