The Columbus Area Boardgaming Society celebrates 30 years

WORTHINGTON, Ohio — George Sauer, one of the four co-founders of the Columbus Area Boardgaming Society (CABS), didn’t expect it to last 30 years.

“Whenever someone says 30, I say ‘oh my God, I’m getting too old to play games,'” Sauer said.

What do you want to know

  • Columbus Area Boardgaming Society was established 30 years ago
  • There are currently 200 members using a library of 1,300 games
  • Society membership is $70, but only $50 to join in June
  • The society meets every Saturday in Worthington

The Circleville native’s leadership and organizational marketing are just some of the reasons the company is celebrating 30 years.

“We started traveling between each other’s houses, playing games together,” Sauer said. “Then when we do that, we start talking about the other friends and we find our circles sort of blend together.”

The Columbus Area Boardgaming Society has 200 members, a number that continues to rebound from the pandemic.

Members of all ages and skill levels meet approximately 50 times a year and have access to a library of 1,300 games. Visitors can check out the games and take them home to play.

Sauer says the personal interaction was missed during the pandemic shutdown.

“It’s hard not to be around people, you know,” Sauer said. “These games are available online and a lot of us sometimes play with a lot of friends online, but there’s nothing like sitting around the table with your friends, talking about you, to crush you and make you cry.”

Sauer also says one of the highlights for him is the new visit from families and game designers.

“My friends and I played a lot until we all had kids and once they were old enough to move away from home again,” Westerville resident Erin Gillogly said. “We started playing again, and we found CABS and it’s been a really great place for us to come and meet people who also play games.”

“Without people like him and without organizations like this, we wouldn’t be in the golden age of gaming,” said game developer Jerry May, a resident of Gahanna. “It’s an opportunity to reach people who don’t have all those games to come here, to hang out with other people and hopefully grow and get back together and play together. “

Although one of the original founders has since passed away and two other Sauer friends are no longer involved with CABS, he says he will continue to carry the torch.

The longtime chief executive of the Buckeye Premier Youth football league says he is even considering expanding the operation to a larger facility so players can enjoy the in-person experience for generations to come.

“We all have those moments with our friends and that’s what it’s all about, building friendships forever,” Sauer says.

CABS costs $70 per year to join, but only $50 to join in June. These funds are used for operating costs, including rent.

The club meets every Saturday in Worthington.

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