The award winning Board Games Championships is back after its success last year to reinforce the traditional pastime in a technology-led Britain.
Despite the growth of modern gaming technology such as consoles and tablets, board games have seen a new lease of life in recent times with statistics revealing almost a 40% rise in purchases of traditional games.
The 2017 National Board Games Championship is the brain child of the UK’s leading pork pie manufacturer Pork Farms.  Pork Farms  is running the championship in partnership with the Micropub Association, the organisation which promotes small independent pubs who offer a ‘back-to-basics’ ethos that encourages good conversation and no technology in its venues.
The contest will run through micropubs across Yorkshire and throughout the country, with the first heats taking place from Sunday, February 26th to Sunday, 26th March 2017.
The quickest players and the sharpest minds will battle it out over five selected staple board games, provided by a leading board game manufacturer, including Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit 2000s and Jenga amongst other favourites to reach the semi finals.
Tim Bentley, reigning Board Games Champion, said: “I got involved last year after popping down to my local micropub, where the landlord introduced me to the competition. I love board games so it was perfect really and I decided to take part, making it to the grand final was absolutely brilliant and even better to be crowned the champion.
“I will be taking part again in this year’s championship and I’m ready to battle, to keep hold of my title!”
The crowning of the Board Games Champion will take place following an intense semi-final and grand final combined during National Board Games Week commencing May 8th 2017.
Michael Holton, brand marketing manager at Pork Farms, said; “The 2016 Board Games Championships was an all round fantastic event and a brilliant way to engage with the Micropub Association and form a long lasting relationship. Our worthy finalists battled it out from beginning to end, with the help of traditional board game favourites and ultimately it brought communities together for an exciting championships.
“Pork Farms are now aiming big for 2017 and with the micropub family almost doubling; we are keen to get even more venues involved and in turn discover even more of the UK’s keen gamers!”
For families wanting to get involved in the championships, Pork Farms have a dedicated Family Board Games Night in which families can battle it out against each other right in the comfort of their own living room.
For more information and to get involved, visit;
www.boardgameschampionships.co.uk

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