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    Guest post: Teaching games

    Today's guest post is from game guide Kurt

    I love to teach. Through all the twists and turns my life has taken there has been one thing that has really stayed consistent for me, and that is the fact that I genuinely love sharing the things that I have learned with other people. There is so much joy for me in connecting with the way that other people think and creating a space that gives them access to whole new worlds of things they didn’t know before. I work as a private tutor for a living if you haven’t guessed, and when I do my job right it feels less like study and more like play. Maybe that’s why I spend a good portion of my free time when I’m not teaching playing every game I can get my hands on.

    I met Drew and Courtney about a year ago, and when I learned about their vision for the Bonus Round Game Cafe I was absolutely hooked. These are people that really get what it means to have fun playing games and are so incredibly dedicated to giving everyone access to that experience. I’ve been very fortunate to have the opportunity to help them in that endeavor and I am so excited to see this cafe become a reality. Teaching people how to play board games combines two of the things that I love the most, and helping run Bonus Round pop-up events over this past year has taught me a lot about how to do it well.

    Teaching is an art form, and a good teacher knows that just understanding the material well isn’t enough. To make the experience great for the people you’re teaching you have to be able to connect with the way that they understand things. It’s your job to create an environment that’s friendly and safe so that people feel comfortable playing around and making mistakes. Making learning fun is certainly important when teaching somebody Algebra, but it is absolutely critical when teaching people how to play a game. After all, what’s the point if it isn’t fun.

    At Bonus Round Games we are committing to perfecting the art of teaching. We work tirelessly to make sure that every person that sits down at a table with us is having the best experience possible, because there’s no reason why learning a new game should feel like a chore. I believe that there is a game out there for everyone, and I can’t wait for our doors to open so that we can put that belief into action.