What was the first hobby game you bought?

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This post is inspired by /U/trentellingsen's post asking what game you bought last.

I am asking about the first hobby game you specifically sought out and bought. Not one that was given to you unless you chose it, not one the first one you played, the first one you sought out to own.

Mine was Castles of Burgundy. My friends had several gateway games, and I enjoyed them. But I was several before I became a gamer. So, I just did a google search for "good euro games." And Castles of Burgundy came up. It was fairly cheap in comparison to some other options, and all the reviews were glowing. I bought it. I hated it. It almost kept me from ever buying more games.

Eventually, as I have grown into the hobby I have learned to appreciate  Castles of Burgundy. I still don't enjoy it, though I have played it a number of times trying to learn to like it. I still own it. It is sitting on a bookcase of some of my books and games in a brother in laws house. I am not sure what to do with it. I should probably just get rid of it. Ah, well, I'm glad most of my other experiences went better.

Feel free to tell the story of how/why you bought or asked for that game. Did it turn out well? Was it a flop? I want to know.

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Partner17 months ago

I bought Zertz almost 20 years ago, not long after it came out, because my mother always liked Chinese Checkers, and it seemed similar and yet different. I know that I also had Torres when I met my husband (12 years ago). We bought The Pillars of the Earth together, and then Agricola. Agricola was the game that was the change between the roller coaster climbing slowly, and then coming down Whooosh! 

Supporter17 months ago

That is interesting. I've never heard of zertz. It is funny how people can play gateway games for awhile, then they hit something a little bit crunchier that tiene them into hobby gamers. My story is sorta similar. 

18 months ago

I'm pretty sure it was X-Wing for me, and that was just on a whim while walking through the mall. The first one I actually studied and looked into was, I think, King of Tokyo, Munchkin, and Tsuro of the Seas. I got those all on the same day (on sale, of course), but watched a Tabletop episode on each of them beforehand and thought they looked cool.

Supporter18 months ago

Do you still play all of those? 

18 months ago

We gave away Munchkin because we got tired of it, but we do still bust out Tsuro and King of Tokyo every now and again. Tsuro is great with 8 players so we bring it out for larger groups who want a quick game, and they're both good as entry-level games for friends and family who may not like other things we have to offer.

Supporter18 months ago

I didn't realize that tsuro could play that many. That sounds more fun than done party games. 

18 months ago

Yeah, it's a great alternative to party games. I like Of the Seas because you can include or not include the monsters as you will, so you still have the regular game of Tsuro or the extra fear and randomness of the monsters.

I actually just suggested it to a friend for her family, and she went ahead and bought it. Great family game as well.

Supporter18 months ago

I will have to put that on my list of potential gift ideas. 

Owner18 months ago

Azul was my first! Got it after a few plays thinking that my wife and my parents would enjoy it. They did have fun, but it hasn't come out at all these days. Just One was a bigger hit with them and I also feel that even though it's a very light game, it has more of that "fun factor" that leads to more laughters

Supporter18 months ago

My first hobby game purchase was Catan. My wife’s older sister had a copy at Thanksgiving one year and we played it and we loved it. I went out and bought a copy when we got back. 

Took a break for a couple of years but then really started getting into the hobby with a purchase of XCOM.

Supporter18 months ago

I think my first was Carcassonne. I loved it so much the second was the Carcassonne Big Box. It took a long while until my children were old enough to game along with me, so the board gaming thing didn't go anywhere for years. The one that kicked off our gaming group and my family's current phase of gaming insanity was Battlestar Galactica. I haven't played either since we moved since they're both in storage, and there's nobody here to play the hefty games with me.

Supporter18 months ago

Ah man! You own BSG? Talk about a grail game. Where do you live?

Supporter18 months ago

It might sting for you to know this, but I actually owned two copies! I bought one of them retail because my brother was obsessed with the show, and I figured I could lure him in.

Then, when it was such a hit with everyone, I wanted the expansions. By a weird turn of events, I found the base game and all the expansions, all sleeved in Fantasy Flight, thousands of kilometers away. The guy was liquidating his game collection because his daughter had a super rare congenital disease, and they were bankrupt from caring for her. So I bought the whole thing -- and didn't buy cookies or beer for a long time -- and sold the other copy to my brother.

Anyway, we live in Vancouver right now. I'm doing my Master's degree, so it's a temporary situation. Now, I hope you aren't in Vancouver too because my copy of Battlestar is in storage back in Alberta, and I'd hate to disappoint you!

Supporter18 months ago

I’m in Minnesota, so I’m closer to the game than I am to you. What a cool story though. I hope the guy you bought the game from was able to raise money for his kid. 

Supporter18 months ago

I really like Carcassonne. It is great how it can be so bloodthirsty and cutthroat, or so calm, peaceful, and almost cooperative. 

I think Carcassonne was the first game purchase I made that turned out well. 

Supporter18 months ago

I know exactly what you mean about Carcassonne. With the right people it's like a knife fight in a phone booth, but I've also had games where we're sprawled out on my grandmother's kitchen floor just buildin' stuff and saying "oh, that's so great! How can I help?"

Supporter18 months ago

Do you use expansions? 

Supporter18 months ago

When we sprawled out on the floor, absolutely. The only right quantity of tiles for that was all of them. And rules be damned! Usually I'm content with the base game.

How about you?

Supporter18 months ago

I haven't played any of the big box expansions. I've played some with some small ones. 

18 months ago

I would say the first game where I put my money where my mouth is was Terraforming Mars! It really intrigued me, but since then I have gotten more interested in heavy more complex games. Still enjoy a good TM round here and there though!

Supporter18 months ago

TM for your first hand. You did start off on the right foot. 

18 months ago

I was lucky, I had some friends that introduced me to other games like Scythe, Agricola and some other gateway games. My first big purchase on my own though was TM.

Supporter18 months ago

Scythe and Agricola are two of my favorite games. You did start off well. But those are quite a bit heavier than the average gateway fare. How complex did you find those fans in the beginning? 

18 months ago

Mmmm honestly we were all a little over our heads with Scythe. We had all played things like Carcassone, Jamaica, Downforce and Risk Legacy before but Scythe was a step up. It did feel like just trying to keep our head above water! I do not find Scythe that complex though anymore. 

Supporter18 months ago

Scythe I think  is a great intro to a sandboxy story of game. It has enough structure to not be super sandboxy. But, it feels quite sandboxy to start. That, I believe, can make it more confusing to new players. 

17 months ago

It does feel that way yes, and some of the movement rules are a little wonky which adds a little confusion. 

Supporter17 months ago

Yep. But I still love it. 

17 months ago

I really liked the story cards that came up, they added a cool bit of theme. I am also a sucker for dual layered player boards...

What is your favorite part of the game?

Supporter17 months ago

I love the whole package, but, if I have to choose a specific mechanism it would be upgrading. It is so so satisfying to uncover added benefits while covering costs. 

17 months ago

Definitely a favorite mechanic of all games for me here. I love the build up that it creates by upgrading your tableau!