Marshwiggle92

What was you gateway experience.

Curious how y'all got into gaming. I almost got into gaming with Catan, which I first played at a family reunion. But it didn't quite set the hook.  It did make me think more about the games I bought. After a while I had a small collection of gatewayish style games. But, I was still not what I would consider a gamer. I would never think about participating in a forum dedicated to gaming for instance, nor was gaming a preferred leisure activity. But, one family reunion, maybe four or five years ago, a cousin brought by a game he had kickstarted. This game was Fief: France 1429. This game is is a game that has a lot of parts I hate. And, I hated those parts back then. But I eked out a narrow win with a full player count. I had never played a game where playing the players was so important and could be so devious. I had never played a game that told that kind of story. I had never spent that long on a game, and thought that time had barely passed. THAT game was my gateway game, from then on I was firmly in the rabbit hole. On that day I discovered BGG, The Dice Tower, etc....

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Skurvy5 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

I’ve played board games as long as I can remember. Grew up with the classics and played Axis and Allies in middle school and high school with my buddies. My wife and her family learned about Catan at their church and we started playing that at family get togethers.

The first modern board game that I purchased was XCOM: The Board Game. From there I started to get more and more into board gaming. 

JamesReid860 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

My wife and I got more into it together (me way more than her) as it was our family that introduced us. Its cool that each of you got into the hobby separately!

JamesReid860 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

I played a lot of mass market and party games growing up. Technically my first game was Attack! Deluxe. Its still in my collection and, IMO, far superior to Risk or Axis and Allies. Later in college we got into Catan when Mayfair games was still publishing it. Then after getting married it was Pandemic and 7 Wonders. After that it hit me that these publishers might have other games and I researched the publishers and discovered new ones. Then I was off!

Marshwiggle92 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

I remember seeing that at a friend's house one time. I never played it. Now I wish I would have. 

sdirrane 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

So I remember playing a lot of games as a kid with some strategy to them.  I remember playing Labyrinth the most vividly.  About 5 years ago I was completely oblivious to the hobby.  One day when I was at a mall foodcourt of all places I saw a couple of guys playing a game with cubes all over a beautiful board and cards that looked so cool too.  I asked them what it was called and quickly purchased A Few Acres of Snow.  I had no idea the rabbit hole it would send me down.  At first I started looking American history games.  That lead me to my local FLGS and then I stumbled upon Imperial Assault and Scythe.  From there I became totally immersed in the hobby.

JamesReid860 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

Ah! Labyrinth is a good one. We played that one too growing up. What a cool story

Skurvy5 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

Huzzah Imperial Assault!

theDL 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

7 Wonders. I had played stuff like Munchkin and Killer Bunnies and enjoyed it, but it never really hooked me in the same way, as the strategic element wasn't really present. I played 7 Wonders at a bachelor party and like 4 turns in I was like "I think I like this game." Of course I got smoked, but I went home and bought myself a copy. My first really "cool" game purchase after that was Evolution: Climate. It's been a fun ride so far.

BenjaminK 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

7 Wonders is great. It's one of those forever-classics. Still trying to convince myself to buy a copy, but since it plays a minimum of three players, that won't work out so well with just me and my wife.

theDL 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

It technically has a 2-player variant that I've never tried, although rahdo says he likes it even better. 7 Wonders Duel, however, is fantastic and you should try that. It's quite a different feel to it, though.

BenjaminK 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

I didn't know there was a 2-player variant. I did borrow 7 Wonders Duel from our library once, but we never got around to playing it. I even had it all set up, but then something happened and we had to bag it. I'll have to try again.

Skurvy5 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

You need to play 7 Wonders Duel! Great game Ben. You will enjoy it. 

BenjaminK 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

Looks like I'll have to keep stalking the library until it gets back in. Or place a hold. That's a thing these days.

Skurvy5 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

Yes, placing a hold is a thing. It’s annoying when someone places a hold on a random toddler book that your kids picked out. Who does that?

BenjaminK 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

A kid's parent, maybe? Just a guess. :)

Skurvy5 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

But why? Why that one board book out of 100s that the library has?

BenjaminK 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

Because everyone else loves Little Blue Truck?

Skurvy5 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

If you love that one you will already own it. 

The book in question is called Baby Thanksgiving 

BenjaminK 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Baby Thanksgiving, huh? I can't seem to find it on a generic Google search. Who's the author?

Marshwiggle92 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

"Thanks little brother, said the dump to the blue, now I see a lot depends on the helping hand of a few good friends...."  

BenjaminK 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

haha! That's one of my all-time favorite books to read aloud. And, like you, I have the entire thing memorized. 

"Little Blue Truck came down the road. 'Beep!' said Blue to the big green toad." 

Skurvy5 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

It’s a great one. Cool illustrations too. 

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theDL 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

I highly recommend it. It's one of my favorites. I'm looking forward to eventually getting the  Pantheon expansion, which looks awesome. Waiting for it to come down in price though as it's basically the same price as the base game still!

BenjaminK 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

Wow, for real? I can't imagine it adds enough to warrant being the same price. But, the expansions for the Tiny Epic games all cost the same as their base counterparts, so it does happen.

theDL 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

Yep! It helps that the base game is pretty cheap, but I still think the expansion is a bit overpriced.

Marshwiggle92 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

I didn't really enjoy the two player variant. The minimum of three players did make me get rid of it, though I do enjoy the game quite a bit. 

theDL 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

What's the variant like?

Marshwiggle92 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

It's been several years.... But as I recall there is a dummy player that you pass your cards to and they discard a card. It almost seems like you might get rid of military as well. I am not sure anymore.

It adds a lot of maintenance/upkeep each turn and changes it from a quick elegant game to one, to one that feels like a slog. 

theDL 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

Ugh that does sound pretty bad. Luckily 7 Wonders Duel is great!

Marshwiggle92 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

So I hear. I haven't had a chance to try it yet. 

BenjaminK 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

And then you were miraculously broke haha

Traditional party games were a college staple, like Apples to Apples and Curses, but I got tired of them after too many plays. They lost their "neat" factor. When I went to grad school, I brought back (i.e. stole from my mom's house) Catan and Ticket to Ride, and my roommates and I played those on occasion, along with Monopoly Deal (which is still a great card game). I got one roommate who thought I would be interested in joining him for his game night, so I did. We played Carcassonne. Never seen a game like that before, but I enjoyed it, even if I couldn't quite figure out how the farmer scoring thing worked haha

Fast forward to a few months later when I was walking through the mall and saw X-Wing Miniatures on display in a game store. This was right after it released, so 2012 I think, which checks out. I stopped and looked at it, put it down, but then bought it on my way back through. I also bought a clip-on padawan braid, but that's beside the point (nerd much?). I played with my roommates and really liked it. I found some new friends of a friend who we played Alhambra withh, which was cool. They mentioned Tabletop with Wil Wheaton. I watched some episodes. Soon it was International Tabletop Day, and I bought Munchkin, Tsuro of the Seas, and King of Tokyo from Amazon (on sale, of course). 

And so it is we mourn the loss of my innocence and my wallet contents. RIP former me.

Skurvy5 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

RIP former you indeed. Although I’ve never been happier to have an expensive hobby. 

Marshwiggle92 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

No, I already had to many expensive hobbies. I was already broke. 

BenjaminK 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

haha Fair enough!