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"So ... what do you do for a living?"
New acquaintances seem to always ask these kinds of questions. Over time, I've tried different answers.
At first I used to say, “I work in the board game industry. "Usually then people would widen their eyes and say" Oh ... ".
I've always wondered what people were trying to say when they said "Oh ...". Perhaps they meant "Oh ... I'm sorry about that" or "Oh ... can you actually make a living with that?"
Rather well-performing people often even gave me a pitying look, as if they equated the board game industry with long-term unemployment. I often suspected that some of the people who were so reactive were about to write me a check to supplement my unemployment benefit.
I quickly realized that if I wanted to present my suspected financial position in a better light, I had to think of another answer. When I applied for a mortgage, I tried “I'm in the video and pc game industry.” That response got more “ahs” than “ohs”.
"Ah ..." as in "Ah, how interesting" or "Ah ... I've heard that you can make a lot of money in this industry!"
While the latter response elicited more positive and positive responses than the previous one, it made me feel like I was denying my base. What I'm mostly occupied with has to do with board games, undeniably! It's true - these days our games can be played on different platforms such as PC, Xbox, Nintendo DS, cell phones, etc. But it would not be fair to say that Catan's electronic forms of presentation form the foundation of our business.
For a short time I hid behind vagueness by answering, "My father and I have a media company", "I work in publishing" or, worse, "I work in entertainment".
When I was introduced to Craig, now one of my best friends, I said I was in the game industry. For a very long time he thought I was working for a casino.
Tired of my evasive answers, I finally said, “My father and I run a board game company. We also produce video and PC games. ” I'm extremely proud of what I do and really happy with my job, but my response still came out of his defensive stance and had a touch of irritation.
It's really interesting that one of the first things a lot of people ask about is about our work. The answer to this question seems to be the almost all-determining basis for how we are judged and valued. I realized that I had to dig deeper to find an accurate and appropriate answer.
As I thought about it, I wondered why I liked board games and why I work in the game industry. I have to admit that I'm someone who only plays games on occasion. I say “only” because I probably don't go to every single game convention, don't have a huge board game library, and my seven-year-old son easily beats me at most video games. Also, I don't start my day with a visit to www.boardgamegeek.com, the premier website for gamers (although I probably should).
Cooking with roller blades before the game night
Instead, I prefer to pursue various hobbies in addition to playing games - including practicing yoga, reading, running, rollerblading, climbing rocks, parachuting (which I admittedly only did once), traveling, to cook and invite people to drink wine, keep me informed about my interests in international affairs - and of course devote myself to my family (Emily, Liam, Leif, dog, cat and chickens that lay amazingly large eggs). I really enjoy it when good friends come by, we drink a bottle of wine together over a nice dinner and then play board games.
Although I only play games occasionally, I've spent most of my life in the gaming environment. In this sense, I have always lived with what I do for a living. In my childhood my father used to try out his game designs in the internal family circle. In this way, he invited us to experience new worlds, learn about history, be creative and train our critical thinking skills.
My first guitar
My childhood was filled with these wonderful game creations.
When I was 15, my parents gave me a guitar, which tore me away from playing games for a while. A few years later - after emerging from my taciturn, confused and rebellious teenage years filled with a passion for folk punk - I rediscovered the joy of board games.
Focused on the game "Bausack"
Board games connect me to both the past and the future.
They allow me to build connections to people, to spend nice hours with family and friends, to have new experiences, to win and lose and to experience new, real and imagined worlds.
Nowadays I simply say: “We make board games.” I can express that with a lot of serenity and pride, because my father's passion for board games inspired me with a limitless curiosity for life. I am delighted to have the opportunity to pass this feeling of curiosity on to people of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life.
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