Vicksburg Resident Loves Board Games, Hosts Game Nights

When most people think of board games, they think of a few classic rainy-day games such as Monopoly, Clue or Sorry!

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Ken Franklin at the door of his game cave.

However, Ken Franklin would love to introduce you to a few more games with a wider appeal. And by a few, he means more than 300.

“I have enjoyed collecting games since I was 6,” Ken says. “I enjoy them as a way of sharing good times with friends, and as a way of making new friends.”

When he remodeled his house at 108 West Maple in Vicksburg, he specifically built it with gaming in mind. In fact, he calls his home “The GameCave.” He hosts Game Nights every Sunday from 6-9 p.m. and everyone is welcome.

“About 25 years ago, some very clever inventors came up with amazing games like Acquire, Settlers of Catan, and Ticket to Ride,” he says. “From there the industry has really exploded, and people of all ages can have a lot of fun.”

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The GameCave

Franklin also sees board gaming as an inexpensive and enjoyable way to make new friends and allow youth to experience cooperation and competition without violence.

“There are some amazing games out there that require all the players to work together, and they win or lose as a group,” he says.

One unexpected benefit for Franklin came out of the game nights he started in the fall of 2012. He met his wife, Debi Neddo. They had met earlier one Sunday at the Great Gospel Sing-Out, and she stayed for that evening’s games.

“She surprised everyone by trouncing us all at Kingsburg,” Franklin says. “She’s added quite a lot of laughter to Game Night, and to my life.”

International TableTop Day Will be Observed in Vicksburg

Saturday, April 5, is the second annual International TableTop Day. Several thousand homes and game stores around the world will be hosting events to celebrate and encourage playing board, card and dice games.

Ken and Deb Franklin will be hosting Vicksburg’s event at their home, 108 West Maple Street, from 1-9 p.m. The event is open-house style, with games starting all through the day. Several game companies have provided promotional prizes, and attendees are encouraged to bring soft drinks and snacks to share.

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