“I am Ilia, and this is my story. My love for board games began in my childhood in Moscow. My parents introduced me to games like “Monopoly,” “Ticket to Ride,”Lotti Carroti.” These early experiences sparked my passion for board gaming.
In 2014, my family decided to move to Belgium, bringing both challenges and opportunities. Over the years, we expanded our family collection of board games, including “Carcassonne,” “7 Wonders,” and “Dominion.” My younger brother, despite his age, quickly became competitive in all these games, making our family gatherings even more exciting. When it came time to choose a board game for his 11th birthday, I decided on “Everdell.” It was a game that had been on my own board game wishlist for some time, as I had heard many positive things about it.
My journey into the world of board games took an exciting turn when I joined the IV Games Discord server. From that moment on, I actively engaged with the community, learning and sharing my experiences. I also had the opportunity to participate in playtesting games like “Moonrakers” expansions, “Mythic Mischief,” and “Fractured Sky,” all of which deepened my appreciation for the hobby.
On that server I also heard about the game “Hidden Leaders” that was launching on Kickstarter, it sparkled my interest and I also joined their discord ,and since then been involved in game playtesting, and even became a moderator.
Recognizing that board games weren’t as popular among students, I started organized weekly meetups to introduce my friends to the joy of board gaming and create a community that appreciated the depth and enjoyment board games offer.
Now, I’m in Budapest for Erasmus and continue to organize these meetups, sharing the magic of board games with a new community. Our family hobby has enriched our lives and continues to bring people together, showing that board games have a unique power to connect and create lasting memories.”