Hey, I’m Board Geek Girl although people usually call me Carly. Or Tomato but that’s a whole other story… I live in the fine city of Norwich, in the UK.
I got into board games about 4 years ago now and it’s completely taken over my life! In a good way. Although my bank balance may disagree…
My favourite things are: coffee, gin, cheese, dogs, board games, comic books and watching way too much TV
AN INTERVIEW WITH BOARD GEEK GIRL, BY BOARD GEEK GIRL…
FAVOURITE BOARD GAME?
Pandemic and every expansion/variation of it (except Contagion… Pandemic should never be uncooperative), Pandemic Legacy Season 1 being the best so far (at time of writing I am playing Season 2 and it is kicking my butt!).
WHO DO YOU PLAY BOARD GAMES WITH?
It’s usually me and Daniel (my partner in crime here) but we’ve gradually got most of our family and friends into gaming too and recently started a fortnightly game group with Daniel’s cousin Simon and his wife Riva as they were interested in playing some of our ‘heavier’ games.
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE CHILDHOOD GAME?
FAVOURITE BOARD GAME ACCESSORY?
A board game table! I actually have two custom built board game tables. I need to remember to write about these soon!
FAVOURITE BOARD GAME ARTWORK?
Oooo I’m torn between Campy Creatures and Scythe. Very different but stunning in their own ways! As I’m interviewing myself I’ll allow it…
FAVOURITE BOARD GAME DESIGNER?
Matt Leacock’s work on Pandemic aside I would probably go with Antoine Bauza – 7 Wonders, Hanabi, Tokaido, Takenoko, Ghost Stories… oh my!
FAVOURITE TV SHOWS?
Top 5: Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Firefly, Sons of Anarchy & Battlestar Galactica (the 2nd time around)
FAVOURITE COMIC BOOKS
Saga, Serenity & Rat Queens
Well that’s a personal question… I mean, would you ask a parent who their favourite child was?! I love all my cheeses equally.
Alongside Board Geek Girl I also helped design a tool called Board Game Caddie, which Daniel built. When our collection size got out of hand we found we spent more time trying to decide what to play than actually playing! So the caddie was designed to allow you to filter your collection or even ‘roll the dice’ and randomise which game to play. It started off as a personal project but we decided to open it up to the board gaming community and we’re so happy to see lots of gamers using it on a regular basis. We’ve got some big things in the works for the site which we’re really excited to announce soon!
In 2015 I launched Mint & Mustard as a wedding stationery company but in 2017 I discovered so much joy in designing gifts and homewares that I decided to follow my heart and focus predominantly on this new channel.
More for myself than anything, I designed a range of mugs aimed at board gamers and fans of Dungeons and Dragons. These designs became best sellers and have shaped my business to be what it is today allowing me to expand into more product lines and open my own store! A dream come true.
Board Geek Girl and Mint & Mustard are trading names of Carly Sargeant