All this discussion about how we would restart our collection with $200 got me started thinking about the games that I actually started my collection with. I decided I would list the games I bought in the first 3-6 months of being a active gamer, and give my current impressions of them.
The first hobby game I ever bought was #The Castles of Burgundy. Now, I was not new to gaming at that time. I had played a number of hobby games in an incidental sort of way in the preceeding years. These included games that are quite a bit heavier, games like #Puerto Rico, #Power Grid, and #Fief: France 1429. So, really, COB wasn't really a big step for me in terms of complexity etc... However, for some reason, I bounced off of it, hard. I played it a number of times, I played it at every player count, the people I taught it to liked it. But, I never really did find the fun in it. I finally traded it away to @nealkfrank.
I can see the good in this game, but I never found the fun in it. I ranked it a 4 out of 10. On paper I should like it, but I really didn't. I would however be willing to try it again sometime and see if it is better than I remember.
My second hobby game I literally got 1 or 2 days after I acquired COB. This was #Dominion: Second Edition. And, it was actually a birthday present from my wife. I had actually played Dominion back in 2008 when it first came out, but, it hadn't impressed me that much. However, my wife and I started playing it, and we loved it. We could hammer out two player game in about 15 minutes, and for the first 6-12 months after I got it, we played 1-6 games of Dominion 4-7 nights a week.
Dominion is a great game. I still play it. My wife loves it. I have messed around with several of the expansions. But, I actually prefer the core box. I think that most of the expansions introduce just a little bit too much complexity. If I am playing with an expansion, usually I would prefer to just be playing something else. 10/10.
The next games I bought in one order from Amazon.com. It was a bought with a gift certificate I had gotten for a Christmas present.
The first of these games I will mention is #Race for the Galaxy. There was a little bit of a learning curve for this game. Strangely enough, I didn't think that the symbology was a problem. I thought it was clear and easy to read. Rather, the concept of a tableau builder was a bit of a strange concept for me. But, I grew to love it.
This is a game I still play a fair amount. Today I mostly play the excellent Keldon ai. This is an easy 10/10 for me.
The next game is #Carcassonne. I bought this mostly to engage non gamers (my inlaws) in the hobby. It has been hugely succesful in that role. I explain it as if it is more complex version of dominoes, and alll my inlaws have since bought carcassone and have it in their homes.
While I bought this mostly for others, I myself still quite enjoy it. I love how it can almost be a cooperative experience, but, it can also be a knife fight in a phone booth... It all depends on your mood. 8/10
The last of the group of games I bought from Amazon was #Forbidden Island. It was my first cooperative board game. And, again, I bought it mostly to engage non gaming family. It has mostly been a success in that role.
I really don't enjoy it too much as a group activity. But, I don't really enjoy cooperative games as group activities anyways. I do actually prefer it to #Pandemic, but that is probably a unpopular opinion. I do sometimes play it solo, it is a fun quick solo challange. I also play it with my almost 4 year old son. I let him control a character..... Let us just say, it makes winning much much more difficult. 6\10
Over all I am happy with the group of games with which I started my collection. If I could have, I would have swapped out COB for something else, but, even that taught me some very valuable lessons. All of the other games are still in my collection, and I can't really see them leaving. What started your collection? Do you still play the games with which you started? Do you still enjoy them?