International Board Gamers
What is “International Board Gamers”?
International Board Gamers – or IBG – is an association I started in June 2018 in Gothenburg, Sweden. It is currently run by its members and very active, although I’m no longer a part of it (having left the country).
It stemmed from the group “Göteborg Board Games Meetup” which I had started during winter 2017. The goal then was to gather board game lovers to play together, meet new people and make new friends.
The growth of this original group combined with new ideas and several people willing help out led to the decision to turn it into a proper non-profit association.
Vision, Mission and Values
• IBG’s core purpose is to help people make new friends, especially between different cultures. Its members love board games and firmly believe they are a very effective way to carry out that purpose (nothing like an hour spent backstabbing others to break the ice!).
• Everything that is done through IBG follows some core rules and values. For instance using the language that is spoken by most people in a given area (usually English), or always welcoming participants and giving them the feeling that they belong to the group (especially newcomers; they should quickly be integrated among the veterans). Open-mindedness, the absence of judgement and showing respect & tolerance are other key aspects.
• Concretely IBG organizes social events around board games, usually open to anyone: gaming sessions, tournaments, language practice… And for its members there are parties, get-together, a whole community on Slack and much more.
If you’d like to check what events are coming up and perhaps join some of them, go to IBG’s Meetup page!
For now they’re solely located in Gothenburg, Sweden. But who knows? If people from other corners of the globe like the concept and would like to join to create a bigger structure, it should be possible to start chapters in different cities and regions!