Uganda Village Boardgame Convention 2022

After a two-year break, the Uganda Village Boardgame Convention is back. COVID restrictions were very strict in Uganda in 2020 and 2021 and so we were unable to carry out our usual convention. Gatherings were restricted to six people and so we were allowed to play boardgames but no chance of implementing this exciting event.

This Convention is different to most but has the same purpose - to bring more people to experience the joy of boardgaming. Our age range is also different and we allow children aged 9-18 to take part. The idea came from one of our youths in 2017, who grew up in a rural area in Uganda and proposed the concept. The first event was about 100 young people and it has grown and grown since then.

Since these children and their parents aren’t in a position to pay and we actively choose children who would benefit most from developing their life experience, we rely on covering our costs through a fundraiser and so please feel free to click on the link to find out a bit more about what we are offering.

During lockdown, we built a secondary school in a remote rural area, with the aim of providing high quality education to the most disadvantaged rural children. This is where we expect to run the event and all of the attendees will be able to stay overnight at the school during the Convention.

The Convention is not about easy games like snakes and ladders. We have games of all skills levels. Recently a favourite game played by the kids is Underwater Cities and they have played everything from Civilisation to Twilight Imperium. Most of the kids we work with have been playing boardgames for 4-5 years but the aim of this Convention is to bring in many more into the hobby.

If you’d like to find out a bit more, then click on the Convention link - https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/uganda-village-boardgame-convention-2022

I’ll watch this thread for a while, in case anyone has any questions and try to respond.

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Nice one. My parents are from there (Mbale and Kakira) and happy to help a bit.

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Thanks so much - we’ve been to Mbale on the way to Kapchorwa a couple of times. It’s a unique town/city in Uganda!

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