Guelph YouTuber shows board games aren’t just for kids

A Guelph woman hopes to encourage more people to play board games.

Jenna Beasley started a YouTube channel focused on showcasing different board games and how they can be for everyone.

For the past eight years, she has been making lifestyle, home decor, and everyday life videos on her original YouTube channel called Jenna Rosa.

In 2019, she and her boyfriend Francis Cheng started playing board games. Since then her love for the hobby has grown and she now has over 130 games in her collection.

“Obviously because of , I was showing my daily life and board games were part of my daily life,” Beasley said. “So I started showing it.”

In November 2021, she randomly made a video about her 10 favorite board games. This video became his most watched and popular video to date, with over 65,000 views.

“I was like, there’s an audience that maybe wants to see board games,” she said.

As more and more people started to take an interest in her board game videos, she decided to start a second channel called The Board Game Garden, which focused solely on her new hobby.

She posts videos giving tips and suggestions on what board games to play, what her favorites are, and how to find a perfect game for you.

“You know, if you love gardening, here are 10 gardening board games,” Beasley explained. “I feel like people don’t really realize that there are more themes in board games than your typical Monopoly.”

“I really wanted to shout that there are so many different types of board games. And if you have a hobby, there is bound to be a board game on this theme that you really like.

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Beasley launched The Board Game Garden last month and she already has nearly 2,000 subscribers.

“I didn’t expect him to grow so fast,” Beasley said. “I’ve had a lot of other board game content creators talk to me and reach out to me.”

“I’m not surprised by her success, but I’m more surprised by the speed of it,” her boyfriend Francis Cheng said. “She gets a lot of comments… It shows that a lot of people are interested in this hobby as well.”

Beasley said that while she enjoys her original Jenna Rose channel, it’s still too early to make money from the board games page. For now, she said the goal is just to show how fun it can be to play board games.

“It’s just a really good way to get around a table with friends and family.”

She said board games aren’t just for kids, but for everyone.

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