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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 .

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?

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2 months ago

I always enjoyed board games, but was only aware of part/family-type games until a friend introduced me to #Catan 15 years or so ago.  I got the variant called #The Settlers of Zarahemla Board Game which became a favorite, then obtained #Carcassonne: Hunters & Gatherers which was fun.  I still really wasn't connected to the hobby yet.  Fast forward another 10 years and a guy at our office started bringing in a bunch of hobby games for us to play during lunch or once a week that intrigued me...like #Tsuro and #Diamant.  Around that time I found the Tabletop YouTube channel and really enjoyed watching them play a variety of games.  I picked up #Betrayal at House on the Hill (sold) which led to fun and aggrevating times with the family. #Near and Far (still own) was my first "big" purchase and while we didn't complete the campaign, we've played different maps many times and my eyes were opened to look for other games.  Since then I learned that I can sell games that I enjoyed but didn't play very often and use the money towards new games.  I've enjoyed exploring different themes and mechanics.  My only limiting factor is I don't have a steady game group...I can get my older children to play heavier games at times, and can play online with a friend and other in person every few weeks.  But certainly not as much as I would like.  When I run across a game that my entire family enjoys (like #Chinatown and #Las Vegas Royale) I typically keep them, so over time I have built up a nice little collection.  And sometimes I just buy a game for me (like #Empires of the Void II) that I just want to play but know I won't very often.

Supporter2 months ago

Have you gotten to play #Empires of the Void II yet. I have been very intrigued, but I don't know much about it.

2 months ago

#Axis & Allies kicked it off for sure, together with #HeroQuest 

The latter really incited my imagination; I felt the urge to make my own lay-outs, items, change the dice combat etc. 
it felt like a platform that me and my friends never really explored. Now, more than 20y later, i'm working on my own crawler that aims to combine depth with an elegant and streamlined gameplay :)

Supporter2 months ago

Those are two storied games that I haven't ever played. 

2 months ago

Great post, fun and full of information. But most of all, I like the way you write.

Supporter2 months ago

Wow! Thanks! That is a very kind remark.

2 months ago

I was very much a #Catan convert. A friend of mine had it and I really enjoyed the additional strategy compared to traditional board games. I started to get interested in the hobby in general and see what other games were out there while joining other friends for games of #Dominion: Second Edition or #Acquire.  

Supporter2 months ago

I like all three of those games a lot.

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2 months ago

I was into Risk and Monopoly and other typical games with my family. Then a new family moved into the neighborhood. We became friends, and one day they invited me to play Betrayal at House on the Hill. My mind was blown at how interesting and unique it was. And that's when I found all the sites to browse board games and I fell in love. I've been in debt ever since.

Supporter2 months ago

"been in debt ever since...." LOL

You gotta love those strange families that move into the neighborhood.

2 months ago

Yeah, they ended up becoming my best friends though. Then, all their cousins moved into the area and ho boy, they were even... stranger. They also became my good friends, so who am I to complain.

Supporter2 months ago

I have been blessed to be friends with many.... Strange..... people. I think I might be some peoples.... strange.... friend.

2 months ago

Technically I'm still at my start so all is fresh.

We didn't know much other than the occasional Catan friends would bust out. Apart from stuff like Scattergories and Monopoly Deal, I was turned on (BGArena and Youtube helped with this) to having a few games for ourselves. We picked up #Exploding Kittens , #Codenames and #Sushi Go! . Was all so fresh to us and we really enjoyed them!

The next year while travelling in New York, we grabbed #Risk: Game of Thrones at the HBO HQ shop which was cool as we love the show. Then some time later we bought #Disney Villainous which really surprised us. I was just looking for a decent game that wasn't too easy and that my SO would find approachable. As big disney fans, we loved the look of the game and were blown away that there was a great game to be played too. We began to ask what else could be out there and started talking about maybe having a collection one day.

Fast forward to 2020, as we hadn't really acted on our collection plans yet. Pandemic hit, decided I had time to do some research and now I consider board games a hobby of mine. Some additions over the past several months being: #Point Salad , #Skull , #Just One , #Fort , #Decrypto . Now we're on the lookout for some weightier games to balance what we already have. Collection is still small so everything gets its run. 

Supporter2 months ago

Welcome to the hobby. Looks like you got a great start!

I'm curious, do you mostly play two player with your SO or do you have a larger group you play with?

2 months ago

We play every now and again, we've also tried out a few games on TTS. But we also have occasional game nights with our bubble that consists of 4-6 people.

They're even newer to board games than me, thus the lighter feel to our games. Personally, I could play anything but I do like to cater our collection (at any weight) to something I feel everyone would enjoy. Of course I have to like the game first :)

Premium User2 months ago

I have to of course suggest my favorite game #Wingspan. Not too heavy, probably around the same as #Disney Villainous. Then there's #The Castles of Burgundy which pubmeeple.com tells me is my favorite game :P

If you want heavier than that, #Terraforming Mars for sure

2 months ago

:D I've tried Wingspan solo and enjoyed it, maybe I could get her to come around haha. Other than that, I've mostly been eyeing #Viticulture: Essential Edition , #Architects of the West Kingdom and #Spirit Island which would all be nice to have. 

Premium User2 months ago

Oh if you're thinking #Spirit Island you mean WEIGHTIER hahaha. That's among my favorites as well so I would absolutely recommend it. It's got a pretty big learning curve and you will absolutely lose at least your first couple times playing. Definitely worth it in my opinion.

2 months ago

My first hobby game was #1960: The Making of the President. My wife and I are both political nerds. I can't remember how we found out about it, but it was the theme that sucked us in. We still love it! Some of my other early acquisitions were also politically-themed: #Founding Fathers, #Campaign Manager 2008, and #Tammany Hall.

And then there were lots of kids' games, often from HABA. Our oldest was 5-6 as we were getting into boardgames. #Animal Upon Animal was a particular favorite! Our youngest is 9 now, so we don't play those much any more. But they later saw play at my afterschool club, and I plan on playing them with our grandkids one day!

After that, we picked up many of the hobby staples - #Ticket To Ride, #Agricola, #Pandemic, etc. Those are still games that we play and enjoy. The first game I can remember owning and then deciding wasn't for me was #Richard III: The War of the Roses. I was into the theme, but I just never played it enough to get comfortable with the rules and it felt like I was starting over and making mistakes every time it hit the table.

So overall, a pretty good foundation!

Supporter2 months ago

I have heard so many good things about 1960, but, I don't think I would have an easy time getting another player for a political game like that. So, colour me slightly envious.

Premium User2 months ago

Nice idea for a post!

I first entered the hobby trying to think of things my fiancée and I could do with our limited time together through a period of long distance. I discovered BGG and a GeekList of best games to play with your significant other and picked up #Lost Cities and #Guillotine. I think Guillotine was what did me in..when it arrived on my doorstep, I was on the way out to my brother's house to celebrate the 4th of July with him, his wife, and my parents. We played the crap out of that game and had an absolute blast. The next day I was falling down several rabbit holes trying to find similar games. I think my next few purchases included #Azul, #Kingdomino and #Istanbul. Now a days (a whole year and a halfish later lol) I still own most of those.

Supporter2 months ago

My wife loves #Lost Cities.

Premium User2 months ago

Same for my fiancée. I could honestly take it or leave it at this point. Played too many other solid 2 player only games to keep it around in my opinion.

Supporter2 months ago

It isn't the worlds greatest game. I do find it more engaging now than I used to.

Supporter2 months ago

I've never heard of#Guillotine. Seems cool!

2 months ago

My collection started out as gifts from people over multiple years. I believe the first game I was given was #Codenames after some friends saw how much I liked it at a few game nights. Not long after that I was given #Qwirkle for similar reasons - we played multiple 4-player games of it during game nights and I enjoyed that one a lot as well. Then I played #Betrayal at House on the Hill and it was the first time I played a game with exploration, RPG elements, and co-op. I was really into it, so once again my friends bought me a copy since I ended up playing it with them so much. I'm really grateful for how generous my friends have been with the birthday/Christmas/random gifts.

The first "hobby" game I bought for myself was #Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion only a few weeks ago. I'm working my way through the campaign right now! I'm really itching to try more of the solo experiences out there, but my first priority in buying new games has been finding ones that my friends and family will enjoy playing with me more regularly.

2 months ago

Nice, Betrayal at House on the Hill was also one of my gateway games. The new concepts to me blew my mind.

Supporter2 months ago

Awesome start to the hobby! There are so many great games out there!

Premium User2 months ago

How far have you managed to get through the campaign? We're still on the tutorial taking it a little slow so far