What game or experience brought you into the hobby?

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As far back as I can remember I’ve loved playing board games. Playing classics growing up like Battleship, Trouble, Sorry, etc. are some of my fondest childhood memories. 

My best memories, however, involve playing Axis and Allies with my high school buddies. We spent many a summer day gathered around the map of Europe or the World, chucking dice and strategizing. 

I didn’t seriously start getting in to modern board gaming until after college though. I read the Rock Paper Shotgun website quite frequently. Several years ago they ran semi weekly feature called Cardboard Children. This column introduce me to modern boardgames and helped me discover this wonderful world. 

My first modern purchase was XCOM The Board Game and I haven’t looked back since!

What is your background story?

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14 months ago

I grew up on the classics like Scrabble and Candy Land, switch to mostly video games in high school, then I played the typical games in college, Catan, Things, Cards Against Humanity, mostly the shock factor silly college kid stuff.

Then I graduated and befriended this guy from my church and he just opened up a whole new world! Carcassonne, Jamaica, Onitama, some pretty basic but fun creative entry level games. He invited me to a friends house to play Scythe and was intrigued by the complexity, but did not love it. Since then I have developed the habit of watching videos all the time and learning about what is out there! I prefer thinky fillers and heavier games now, but I am fairly particular. I'm a picky gamer, but who isn't!

Supporter14 months ago

I started a game group with a good friend from church too! I really enjoy getting together with friends and enjoying the shared experience. That’s what is best about board gaming. 

14 months ago

I've always played games since a child. My mom would get us Ravensburger games like The Puppy Game and The Amazing Labyrinth, and we'd play those non-stop. I played Catan and Ticket to Ride in college, but really didn't play a lot, nor did I own any of those games.

It wasn't until Grad School that I was invited to a friend's game night where we played Carcassonne, and I loved it. Soon after I was walking by a game store in the mall and saw the X-Wing core set front and center, so I went in and looked at it. I bought it on the way back through. I started playing that with roommates and really fell in love. From there I kept getting introduced to more games from other friends, until here I am, deep in the hobby.

I don't think many folks get into board games through miniature/skirmish games like X-Wing, but it worked for me!

Supporter14 months ago

That’s awesome! I think a common thread for most of us will be that we couldn’t really start to get into the hobby until we had disposable income as well as a place to store all of the stuff we buy with said income! I wish I had more X-Wing or Armada stuff. The fantasy of controlling ships in Star Wars is very intoxicating. 

Premium User6 months ago

I guess to some degree Magic the Gathering got me in a little.  I never considered that a board game so it's hard to say if that counts but it was around the time Revised Ed. came out and my brother and I played a decent amount.  I played in one tournament just before I went to college in 1995.  Probably around 7 years ago (maybe less) my brother introduced me to Splendor and one of the Zombie escape games.  I bought Splendor not long after that and my road to filling my shelves and closets with board games was paved from then on.  About 2-3 years ago I bought Scythe and blinged it out and that was my first endeavor into the larger more expansive board game market.  

Supporter6 months ago

Nice! #Scythe is amazing 

Supporter6 months ago

For me it was probably 8 or 9 years ago. I had played a few good board games over the years but never got into it as a hobby. 

And then I got the idea to make a board game and realized pretty quickly that if I wanted to be able to make good games that I needed to play a lot more games and so I contacted a local player via BGG to see if he knew of any local game groups and as it turned out he had a group and hundreds of games and the rest is history.

Supporter6 months ago

Wow, that’s definitely a unique path to gaming! Did you ever make your game?

Supporter6 months ago

Not that original game that sparked the journey. It just wasn’t up to par with published games. 

I self-published a crappy card game via game crafter a number of years ago and had a bit of publisher interest in a kids board game around the same time. 

It feels like all of my best design ideas get stuck on the artwork phase...I lack the skills and there’s not enough money in game design to pay thousands to a professional artist. 

Supporter6 months ago

I can imagine that would be really difficult. Art is hard. 

6 months ago

I grew up playing Monopoly, Life, Candy Land, & Spades. When I got older I had very little interest in board games and switched to mostly video games in high school. Then in college I was introduced to Catan and found out there was a whole world of board games besides the mass market classics. Since then I have been hooked.

Supporter6 months ago

What a wonderful hobby to be hooked into. 

Owner14 months ago

Up until about a year ago I thought I didn’t like board games even though I enjoyed a few like banana grams. It wasn’t until I played Dominion that I really started to see how games can actually be fun and approachable as opposed to just party games.

Supporter14 months ago

Who introduced you to Dominion? Or did you grab it on a whim?

Owner14 months ago

One of my friends that I play Magic: the Gathering with.

Supporter14 months ago

Do you still play MTG? My friends and I dabbled a bit with it in middle school but I never seriously played the game.

Owner14 months ago

I played for about 4 years pretty consistently. However I stopped last year once I got into board games and haven't really played since. It's a spectacular game and I still look at new cards as they get spoiled ;)

Supporter14 months ago

MTG is a seriously expensive hobby. Some of the prices to have  truly competitive decks are totally unreal. Have you tried the MTG Arena video game that just came out?

Or do you play Hearthstone!

Owner14 months ago

I've tried both, but I just don't enjoy games nearly as much with strangers as I used to. I typically will just play with friends now so I haven't really played much of either.

Supporter14 months ago

I do remember growing up playing board games and I think I can trace my love back to then.  I remember playing Labyrinth so much when I was a kid and really liking it.  I also have found memories playing Don't Wake The Dragon and the original Fireball Island (I now have the new version that I play with my daughter).  In High School as a big video game player I remember playing the Pokemon Card game with my buddies.

I got out of gaming for a long time and didn't realize how huge the hobby was until about 6 years ago.  I saw two guys playing A Few Acres of Snow and the look was so cool so I picked up (back when it was still in print), and that opened up the flood gates for me to get into other games.  Quickly after that I got into Star Wars Imperial Assault and Scythe and I've been adding to my gaming library ever since.

It's been such a blast and I love it.  I love the community aspect and the tactile aspect and even the ability to change the game up.  All things that you don't get as much with video games.


Supporter14 months ago

I missed all those games as a child. What kind of game is labyrinth?

Totally love Imperial Assault and Scythe though!

Supporter14 months ago

I remember you are basically racing for treasures.  The basic is that the board is made up of a number of square tiles that you can move around during the game to get through the maze and possibly block other players.  Good for getting young kids into gaming.

Supporter14 months ago

Sounds fun! It’s one of my greatest joys to play games with my children. 

Premium User14 months ago

I played the classic games as a kid and also many a marathon session of Axis and Allies with my high school friends!

However, I took a hiatus when I had my kids.  I picked up games like Flux, Carcassonne, and Settlers of Catan to play with the kids but it never really took off.

My real reintroduction to the hobby was seeing a few guys I used to work with having a board game day on facebook.  I asked if I could come out too and go reintroduced to the hobby with none other than Power Grid. 

Not the easiest game to come back in with but I loved it.  I'm back baby!

14 months ago

I'm not sure I would have stuck around with Power Grid as my intro point haha I like the game now, but my first time playing was...painful. It's definitely not what most would consider a gateway game, but I think that's awesome that that is what worked for you.

Supporter14 months ago

I’ve never played Power Grid but I think that I would really enjoy it. How old are your children? I have 3 daughters (8,5, and 2) so it’s really difficult to find a time to game. I’m working on getting the older two into gaming and it’s fun, but sometimes you just want to play deeper and more complex games. 

Premium User14 months ago

Mine have all graduated High School but you'll start getting more time when they hit mid- late teens.

Supporter14 months ago

Nice! Can’t wait. I already find that I have a bit more time then before now that they are all out of diapers.  

Owner14 months ago

My son is close to starting to walk on his own. Lots of chasing around to come :)

Premium User14 months ago

Yeah.  It's non-stop until late high school.