Friday, October 20, 2017

Is BSW still a thing?

Whatever happened to BSW?

Actually, I know the site still is there but it seems like I never hear anything about it. When I first got back into board games, which was around 2002, BSW came up a lot and I spent a lot of time there.

And I know why I stopped playing on the site. First of all, it was easier for me to work turn-based games into my schedule. Real time games online and real life just became incompatible.

But another factor was device. When we got our first iPad and when I got my first smart phone, those became my principal tools for computer-based recreation. The laptops quickly became just for work and other practical matters.

And java-based BSW doesn’t work on iPads. Almost every other site I played board games on worked on the iPad but BSW was shut out. And, for me, that was it. If I could have played BSW on the pad, I’m sure it would have gotten the odd visit but when I couldn’t use my primary recreation tool for online stuff, that pretty much meant BSW was a closed book for me.

Even now, thinking about revisiting the site, I know I’m going to have to find a time when I can sit with the laptop uninterrupted. And that it’s not as easy as it used to be :D

I don’t actually know if BSW has fallen on hard times. If it really has and it isn’t just a figment of my imagination, I wonder if it because of the shift to tablets.

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