Something I think stems from my autism is my love of board games. I find it helps me to socialise with others if there is something between us to aid that interaction, and board games fit that bill really rather highly.
My absolute favourite is Risk, though it tends to take a long time to play a single game. For a shorter game I do quite enjoy Rummikub or Frustration.
A question for other board game fans, what is your favourite and why?
In my childhood we used to play monopoly,. For days and days and days.
Yes, totally. Never really thought about it from that point of view but it certainly does that for me too. we have a boardgame group at work, quite a genius thing.
I discovered Imhotep the other week and really loved it. Takes only about half an hour or so but you can easily play it several times.
OMG I love Monopoly! I find the children at work quite enjoy it too
I've often thought about going to a board game cafe. There's one near me in Oxford. But I don't know if you can go in on your own or whether you need to go with someone else.
The only ones I've been to were cafes where you could borrow games, so people come in groups and play with those they have come with. I suspect others would have found it really weird if someone had just come and asked if he could join (well, I would never be able to do that anyway). Guess they were mainly cafes with a (very good) selling point, so won't be particularly likely to do socials. But universities often have boardgame societies. Not sure how easy it would be to join them without being a student, but since you are one that would be worth checking out. Once in it I think it may be much easier to stay, even when your course finishes.