I've created this meet up in the hopes of finding a small group of like-minded gamers, which isn't an uncommon request on meetup. The thing that distinguishes my solicitation from others, however, is that I'm a C3 quadriplegic. Unfortunately, due to a diving injury, I can no longer move or feel any part of my body from the shoulders down. This obviously complicates every game that I play often to varying degrees. It even makes playing some games altogether impossible.
But what can I say? I've been bitten by that nasty little board game bug like so many of you, and I want to play more often than I do right now. Therein lies the problem, however: either my friends aren't into it or they're too busy to play with any regularity. This is why I'm hoping to find a small board game group that understands my complications, which means realizing certain games are just impossible for me to play, and would also feel comfortable playing with me and assisting me with the manipulation of all game components. I'm more than capable of being the brains of the operation. I just need help with the physical aspects of each game.
I've been a quadriplegic for 12 years (I'm now 31 years old), and I've amassed a few tricks along the way. I own a few adaptive/assistive items that help me out when playing a board game. I also try to do a lot of research prior to purchasing a game so I can make sure that I can play most aspects of the game and that my participation wouldn't complicate the game to a point where it's no longer fun. While I am still relatively new to the hobby, I'm definitely open to any and all game suggestions… provided I can play the game without too much fuss.
I currently reside in Inver Grove Heights, and I'm just hoping to find a few gamers (2 – 4) that would be interested in playing at my house on a Saturday afternoon at least twice but hopefully three or four times a month. I consider myself to be very easy to get along with, even if most people do not share my interests (metal, horror movies, professional wrestling, comic books, fantasy and sci-fi novels, etc.). The biggest thing for me is that whoever responds to this understands that I am very much a ventilator-dependent, C3 quadriplegic. With that being said, I'm aware that my disability can make some people uncomfortable, so I'm more than willing to initially share emails, Skype or even meet up with a few interested parties at Level Up Games in South St. Paul. I'm really just looking to expand my circle of friends to include some folks that like to kick back, play some board games and share a few laughs along the way.
So, having heard my pitch, is anyone out there interested?