Boardgames in the News: National Board Game Day

Apparently, today, 11th April, is National Board Game Day.  National, in this context, means North American, but that hasn’t stopped people from the UK from celebrating it too—Zatu Games, for example, are offering freebies for orders placed today.  The fact that today is a work day, makes it less conducive to playing games than, say, International Tabletop Day, which is the first Saturday in JuneNational Card Playing Day is also celebrated in the US on 28th December, at a time of year when we in the UK often spend more time with the family.

Christmas Tree
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The winter weather during the holidays between Christmas and New Year means there is a focus on indoor activities, particularly board and card games (which are often festive gifts with this in mind), so we already share National Card Playing Day.  In addition to these, there is also International Games Day in November, an event originally designed to highlight the fact that modern libraries are about more than just books, and was started by the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with the Nordic Libraries “Nordic Game Day”.  Last year, this became International Games Week and this year is set to become International Games Month!

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For most board gamer enthusiasts though, we don’t need a “Special Day”—every day is a “Game Day”.