Share Your Most Memorable Board Game Highlights

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Happy Friday! Hope your day is going well and you're looking forward to hitting the weekend to spend time with friends and family, whether board game plans are included or not.

I read this wholesome post on reddit this morning where the OP (original poster) shared about his experience introducing #Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion to his non-board gaming roommates. And I thought, why don't we share about our own board game highlights as well? Here are some ideas to get you thinking:

  • The moment when you first taught a game and it went well or your biggest game night success
  • The moment when your friend, family, or significant other tried gaming with you and liked it
  • The proud moment when someone you introduced board games to started getting way too into the hobby all on their own
  • Or it could be about yourself! How has board gaming changed you for the better?
  • Etc.

Here are some highlights that immediately come to mind for me:

  • Playing classic games like Chess and Go as a kid. Whenever I had to attend summer school during elementary school years, I chose chess as one of the subjects. I won one tournament and got a popsicle!
  • When I sneakily showed some pictures of #Viticulture: Essential Edition and she was down to buy it and try it out.
  • When my wife first played #Viticulture: Essential Edition (her first modern board game) with me and I immediately saw the spark in her eyes. She also showed off her army of workers (that completely outnumbered mine) by lining them up. I have a picture of this and will share it in the comments section haha
  • Trying out #Skulk Hollow with @trentellingsen before heading to work (my former engineering job). It was a review copy and we were pleasantly surprised by how good it was. I'm thinking of bringing this game home to try it out with my wife this weekend.
  • When I first introduced #Skull to my parents. My mom suddenly turned into a gambler that I had never known in my entire life.
  • Playing #Just One with my family. To this day, it's the game that had us laughing the most.
  • When my wife first played #Concordia and said "I can see why people still talk about this game"
  • #Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated. My wife and I were just two steps away from reaching our headquarters and ending the game safely but we had a dragon encounter to resolve. It was a heart pounding moment that we hadn't experienced before in our usual euro games.

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4 months ago

I have greatly enjoyed introducing board games to my partner over the few years, she previously had no experience with board games, and I don't know that she will ever be as into as I am but there have been a series of greatly enjoyable moments:

  • Playing #Revolver with a bunch of western soundtracks playing in the background making 'pew pew' sounds at each other for hour.
  • In #13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis her meta-gaming by using the threat of nuclear war (and therefore end the game early, something she knows I didn't want to happen) as leverage.
  • Both of us being too stubborn in #Archipelago to give up our resources if the other wasn't going to and so both losing the game on turn 2.
  • Realising she is actually incredibly sneaky when she trounced me in #Cry Havoc with some very under-handed manoeuvres. 

It has been the first time I have been entirely involved in someone's journey through the hobby and has been a real education in 2P games as I hadn't ever really played them before.





4 months ago

Playing #Sheriff of Nottingham with a group we'd been new too, and kinda screwing someone over in a negotiation. That moment of going from hahaha, lets have fun, to we're board game enemies now is always memorable

Supporter4 months ago

Are there a lot of opportunities to backstab?

4 months ago

Somewhat, but it's not advisable, when you're negotiating with the sherif, if you offer something out of your bag there's very specific rules about what you can and cannot lie about. Like you have to be honest about the amounts of things in your bag but not the things. Also if you offer something that IS in your bag you have to give it but if you don't have that thing then that's all good.

Essentially I took advantage of the rule and said I had 4 apples and I'd give her 2 but I had 4 chickens, and gave her nothing.

needless to say she did not trust me ever again on goods offers. Coins or bust from there on.

4 months ago

  • #Dune - going into a battle in which I was pretty clearly outnumbered, and pulling a traitor and absolutely destroying any chances of my friend winning. He went from having ALL of his troops on the board to having zero.
  • #Western Legends just recently. It was just a ton of fun.
  • Just seeing my wife grow in her appreciation for games in general.
  • Any time I've shown a game to a non-gamer/casual-gamer friend and they say something to the effect of "wow, that was really fun!" It's happened with #Century: Golem Edition, #Lords of Waterdeep, and just recently with #Horrified and #Everdell.

Supporter4 months ago

I really would like to experience something like #Dune or #Nemesis some day! Now that you got some of the more accessible games like #Point Salad, when do you think you and your wife will be able to start opening up game nights to more people? Seems like you'll have a lot of stories to tell once that happens haha

4 months ago

When social gathering restrictions are lifted :/

Supporter4 months ago

There are so many, but I'll start with one from #Star Wars Imperial Assault (I think @Skurvy5 will appreciate it).

We were playing a Campaign Mission (I was the Empire, since I always am).  Well the Rebels had to pass a test with three turns left, which mean they essentially had six rolls to get one surge.  Roll 1 - fail, roll 2 - fail, roll 3 - fail, roll 4 - fail, roll 5 - fail, then it came down to game 7 (sports analogy), everyone was up around the table watching the roll.  Roll 6 - and.... FAIL!  I knocked over a drink (thankfully it was on the floor), jumping around celebrating my very fortunate victory.

Supporter4 months ago

That reminds me--one of the most exciting moments I can remember while board gaming was when my group played #King of Tokyo for the first time. It was right down to the wire and one of the guys pulled off re-rolling to get exactly what he needed to win. Love dice rolling in games when it's done well.

Supporter4 months ago

Some of my moments have been

  • When my wife was the one who initiated to play a board game.
  • Playing #Viticulture: Essential Edition with friends and then each week playing it again and again getting more competitive
  • Playing #Magic: The Gathering at Grand Prix Las Vegas. What a weekend! It was such a blast.
  • Playing #Spyfall with my house church group (12 people from my church that meets weekly) over Zoom. It felt like a game that really shined over Zoom rather than felt hindered by doing it online.
  • Starting and getting consumed by #Gloomhaven with my wife for several weeks!

Supporter4 months ago

You also attended GenCon! But I guess that was more of a business trip huh

4 months ago

Ooh that'd be fun to do one day!