Is Scrabble the new Lizard Lounge? Board game rental site sees student clientele increase in Bristol


Through Emma Love, Third year Politics and Sociology

In their efforts to adjust to the new Covid lifestyle without ads and without a club, many have chosen new hobbies and social activities – sewing, reading, baking, etc. For Bristol students, its board games. Board game rental site Lazy horse games saw an increase in subscriptions across the UK throughout the lockdown, with increasing popularity especially in Bristol.

Board games can be an expensive buy, and a novelty too – you could find yourself spending £ 15 for a game, only for it to end up gathering dust in the back of the closet once the novelty wears off. . Founders Nick Hanington and Chantal Verlinden started Lazy horse games last year to try to solve this problem.

Talk to Epigram, Chantal said, “Board games can be very expensive, which would often prevent us from buying new ones – that’s where the idea for a rental option came from.

Epigram / Chantal Verlinden

“We then tested the concept on some friends and found that a lot of them really enjoy playing it, even those who were new to the hobby or thought board games were ‘too geeky’ or ‘too boring. “for them. It made us think it was worth a try as we thought there was a gap in the market for it.

The majority of customers are between 20 and 45 years old, but at the start of the 2020/21 academic year, the subscription service saw an increase in the number of student customers: still makes sense if you include the COVID factor – if you’re stuck at home with your roommates, all of a sudden playing board games has replaced going out to the pub.

The shortest subscription the company offers, three months board game rental, costs £ 15 per month. Longer subscriptions offer the opportunity to save money, with the 12 month subscription saving 20%. The subscription uses a credit-based system – customers receive four credits per month, which can be used to rent between one and four board games.

Games available on Lazy horse games. | Epigram / Nick Hanington

The service offers a range of board games – mini games, small games, standard games and premium games. While minigames will only cost you one credit, premium games will use up all four monthly credits. If a board game you want is not offered, the company is open to requests.

The company is a partner of a subscription service to reduce carbon emissions Ecology, all deliveries and returns of games being carbon neutral. Lazy horseThe workforce is also carbon positive, which means that every employee’s carbon footprint is offset, including emissions from their home, personal travel, vacations, food, his hobbies, etc. Work with Ecology, the company offset 18.16 tonnes of CO2. This partnership has also seen the planting of 229 trees in regions such as Mozambique, Nicaragua and Madagascar.

Lazy horseCustomers seem to have a good sense of humor, with one of the most popular games from the start of the year being “Pandemic”. The players work as a team of experts tasked with preventing the world from succumbing to a deadly pandemic – I’m not sure the UK government is particularly good at this!

The number one game of the last few months has been “Unlock! Series, which involves players working through multiple escape scenarios. Such games lend themselves particularly well to the concept of a rental service – once the scenarios are completed, players are unlikely to replay them as they already know the answers. Using Lazy horse games, customers can return the game and exchange it for another.

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With things looking pretty calm for the next couple of months, maybe now is the time to start a board game subscription. However, maybe avoid renting Monopoly – it’s not worth the risk of falling out with your family, or worse, your roommates, because of the free parking rules.

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Featured Image: Epigram / Nick Hanington

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