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Ashley Thompson
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Free, fun weekly game night now being held in Windsor

Andrew and Nicole Turpin play a round of the popular board game Ticket To Ride. 

Board game lovers in the Windsor area are in luck.

Avid gamers Andrew Turpin, a constable with the Windsor RCMP, and his wife, Nicole Turpin, have secured a public place for people of all ages to meet up on a weekly basis and play a round or two — or three, or four — of whichever games they enjoy.

The volunteer organizers bring a large selection of games to every Windsor Game Night hosted in the Hants County Memorial Community Centre in Windsor on Mondays from 6-10 p.m.

“It’s free entertainment and it’s not based on a computer. I think that’s significant today,” says Andrew.

Participants are encouraged to bring board or card games of their own to share with the group as long as they are willing to teach people how to play.

“For us it’s not what games are played, (it's) how many people are playing the games,” Nicole says.

The goal of the game nights is to provide people with regular opportunities to discover more games, make new friends and have some good, clean fun.

“Boards games are the only thing that I know of that if you're 12 to 100 you can show up and compete on an even keel,” Andrew adds.

After travelling to Kings County and Halifax for similar events in recent years, Andrew believes the games night concept has what it takes to be a hit in Windsor.

“The last thing needed for this to work is people to play the games and, if the success of other board game nights in Halifax, New Minas and Wolfville are any indication, we should be able to find participants.”

Windsor Game Night events will resume Jan. 6 after a brief break for the holidays. To learn more, visit: www.meetup.com/Valley-Game-Night

Geographic location: Windsor, Halifax, Kings New Minas Hants County Memorial Community Centre Hants County

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