updated 15 months ago
Mine was King of Tokyo. Played it first during college years and gave me a different impression on the board game scene. Made me realize there's way more out there than just Monopoly and Apples to Apples xD
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rockstar 17 months ago
For me it was Imhotep. It was such a cool game that felt strategic but also really thematic. It's was great and I saw how games are a lot more fun now!
philryuh Supporter17 months ago
Just read through the description and it sounds like something I'd enjoy too. I recently played Root and Viticulture: Essential Edition and started wanting to look up some strategies because I got crushed on both for the first game xD
Which games have you been into recently?
trentellingsen Supporter17 months ago
1nf1n1ty Supporter17 months ago
Settlers of Catan was my gateway game.
I think I first played it in high school years before King of Tokyo. It didn't leave as much of an impression on me though only because I was playing with a bunch of veterans and ended up being out of the game early on haha. What do you think is the current most popular/widely played gateway game?
I think Catan is still up near the top, if not at the top.
Ticket to ride had some time in the gateway spotlight. I am not sure it is up there now. I could see Quirckle, Codenames, Splendor, Apples to Apples, Azul and love letter all being in the 'gateway' category, but I don't have a feel for how often they appear on non-gamers tables.
Locally, I am seeing a HUGE upshoot in D&D 5E players. Like several times the norm especially in High School and College age.
I still haven't played Splendor yet unfortunately. All the ones you mentioned I thoroughly enjoyed. I remember a high school kid I worked with in a youth program who was really into D&D, and I was amazed by his creativity to tell stories/scenarios on the spot. How big of a turnout do you usually see for the events on campus?
Correction: Besides my first play, I've never really enjoyed Apples to Apples and dread it whenever someone suggests to play it. I think my personality just doesn't fit with what the game requires?
Splendor is a fun game. I think there are several that fall into that space that are good. Century Golem edition is another that I've put a lot of plays on.
I understand your concerns about Apples. I feel that way about Cards against Humanity. I don't think they are games as much as social lubricant.
On the club, we get 30-40 weekly. Seems like around 20 in RPG's 10 in Magic and 10 in board games. We get about 250-275 at our maincon in June.
I've been meaning to try Century: Golem Edition at some point. I can't help but get drawn by the art haha
And wow, that sounds like a pretty great weekly turnout! Trent and I should try joining in one day
R0land1199 Supporter17 months ago
Played Power Grid with my then new gaming buddies. Loved it and I’ve been back in the hobby ever since!
Have not tried this before, would you recommend it to new gamers? What's been getting to the table a lot recently?
I think general consensus would be it's not a good starter if you are really new to board games and strategy. I had a fair amount of board game strategy experience growing up and a lot of it in video games so my brain had the right mind set.
We tend to play a lot of new games but we've played Brass: Birmingham and Terraforming Mars quite a few times lately. Also tried in the last month or so Teutihuacan, Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game, Container, and 7 Wonders.
That's a lot of games! I can see what you mean though, my video game experience definitely helps out to a degree so that I'm not completely hopeless against seasoned players haha
I'm guessing you have a group of friends you play with regularly? I've wanted to try Brass: Birmingham and Terraforming Mars. For many reasons but also because I will be interviewing the artist behind Brass and the designer behind Terraforming Mars in a few months.
Are you planning on backing Terraforming Mars: Turmoil? And if you have a question I could ask them please let me know! :D
I have a few players I play with regularly for sure.
I was seriously considering backing Turmoil but I decided to hold off at the moment. I'm trying to be more considered with things. My group already thinks there is too much in terraforming mars as it is.
If we get it to the table regularly I will pick it up at some point
The game that brought me in was Dominion 2nd Edition. It's really great at feeling easy to teach but with a lot of great strategy and replayability
Played it once--it was enjoyable to an extent but it was pretty overwhelming playing with experienced players whose turns seem to take forever to complete compared to mine haha
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