Rent a boardgame from this Norwich business

PUBLISHED: 16:11 12 November 2020 | UPDATED: 16:11 12 November 2020

Nick Hanington and Chantal Verlinden with some of the board games which can be hired frrom Lazy Horse Games  Picture: Lazy Horse Games

Nick Hanington and Chantal Verlinden with some of the board games which can be hired frrom Lazy Horse Games Picture: Lazy Horse Games

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Buying boardgames can be pricey - so how about hiring from Lazy Horse Games?

Chantal Verlinden of Lazy Horse Games    Picture: Lazy Horse Games.Chantal Verlinden of Lazy Horse Games Picture: Lazy Horse Games.

A board game called Pandemic, in which players try to free the world from deadly diseases, is one of the most popular games hired out by Norwich couple Chantal Verlinden and Nick Hanington and their new business Lazy Horse Games.

Chantal and Nick officially launched Lazy Horse Games from their home this summer and are now winning customers across the country.

“We both enjoy playing board games but, like a lot of people, often play a game only a couple of times before it disappears to the back of the cupboard because the novelty has worn off,” said Chantal. “Board games can easily cost £30-£50 each which would often stop us from buying new ones - that’s where the idea of a rental option came from.

“We then tested the concept on friends and realised that lots of them actually really enjoy playing them, even those who were new to the hobby or thought board games were ‘too geeky’ for them.”

Nick Hanington of Lazy Horse Games    Picture: Lazy Horse Games.Nick Hanington of Lazy Horse Games Picture: Lazy Horse Games.

Sensing a gap in the market the couple, who also run the Pub and Paddle canoe rental and Weston Canoes canoe building businesses in Norwich, are now sending games out across the UK. People can also buy gift subscriptions for friends and relatives for Christmas, giving three months of rented games for around the same price as buying a single premium board game.

“One of our most popular games is called Pandemic. In general, in the world of board games, this game is incredibly popular. It introduces people to some of the mechanisms that are common in modern board games,” said Chantal. “Pandemic is a cooperative game and as a group you play against the board itself trying to eradicate the world of four global diseases.” “Other popular games are Ticket to Ride (you collect cards to claim railway routes across Europe by placing miniature trains on the board), Unlock! (a card-based escape room game) and Carcassonne (each player lays tiles to build the city of Carcassonne.)”

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The couple named their latest business from the literal translation of the Dutch word for leopard. Chantal, who is Dutch, said: “We thought a lazy horse would make the ultimate poker face meeple (player piece). He may be called a lazy horse but he is in fact a super-fast leopard!”

Nick Hanington and Chantal Verlinden also run Norwich's Pub and Paddle  
Picture: Nick ButcherNick Hanington and Chantal Verlinden also run Norwich's Pub and Paddle Picture: Nick Butcher

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Chantal and Nick’s favourite boardgames

Chantal: Pandemic (a cooperative game), Ganz Schon Clever (a roll-and-write game) and Everdel (a beautiful game that includes a 3D tree).

Nick: Wingspan (2019 Game of the Year), Unlock (escape room-style game) and Dinosaur Island (having worked at the Dinosaur Park in Lenwade, now Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure, as a teenager a dinosaur game has to be in the top three!

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