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Not just fun and games
Board games serious business during spring break in Fort Simpson

April Hudson
Northern News Services
Thursday, March 23, 2017

You wouldn't normally see a measuring tape used in a board game, or 24 dice rolled at once - unless you were watching members of the Never Board Game Club play.

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Kaden Kwasney-Nahanni considers his next move during a game of chess. - April Hudson/NNSL photo

From popular family board games such as Monopoly and Game of Life to more intense tabletop games, the gymnasium at Bompas Elementary School has been littered with options for children and youth looking to kill a few hours - or a few days.

The Never Board Game Club has been holding day-long sessions in the gymnasium for any youth who need something to do as spring break stretches on.

It also gives them the opportunity to do some mental exercise instead of physical.

Playing a rousing game of Life against Brooklyn Cazon, Alexei Gargan-Lacasse said she plans to stick around all week to try out the different games. Her favourite one is chess.

Speaking of chess, board game pro Kaden Kwasney-Nahanni battled Rhys Dowdeswell on the board, eventually losing his king.

Kwasney-Nahanni has been part of the club for the past couple years and describes it as a social outlet as well as a mental one.

"I've stayed in the club because I think it's fun to be able to play with my friends," he said.

Both Kwasney-Nahanni and Dowdeswell say their favourite game is Talisman, a fantasy-themed adventure board game where players roam a world filled with villains and monsters.

And while some students opted to play more traditional board games, others delved into the complex world of tabletop gaming.

William Alger and Sakaeah Nahanni-Allen broke out the Halo: Fleet Battles - the Fall of Reach tabletop game, attempting to outmaneuver each other's fleets on the flat grey table in the Bompas gymnasium.

The game pitted the Covenant's fleet against UNSC ships, in the style of the Halo video game series.

That involved using a measuring tape to measure how far ships can shoot, and rolling fistfuls of dice to determine how much damage could be absorbed or taken.

"The goal of the game is to take out each other's starships," Alger explained, pointing to the different range arcs on the ships.

Some students opted to watch rather than play board games. Jonah Greencorn, whose favourite game is Battleship, was a casual observer on March 21.

He said he hopes to participate in the club throughout the week.

"I think it's really nice to have so many options," he said.

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