What Was Your First Board Game Moment

When did the magic happen for you? When did you make the realization that "oh wow I like this stuff"?

Was it an introductory game, was it Monopoly, was it a random video you came across?

To follow up with that, how do you try to provide that moment to someone else?

I actually started off with #Munchkin with my roommates a few years back which gave a brief but not great introduction in more modern games, but it was #Lost Cities that gave me a desire to start digging deeper.

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5 months ago

My wife suggested a board game birthday party for me a few years back and I thought it sounded like fun. I had a friend that was into games and he brought #Bang! The Dice Game, #Forbidden Island, and #Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game.  I had never played any modern games up to that point but after that party I was hooked!

5 months ago

Haha what an interesting way to get introduced, just think how poorly it good have gone with people bringing monopoly, risk, etc

5 months ago

Up until that point that's all I had experienced with board games.  I new my friend played "different" games but I didn't really know what that meant.

Premium User5 months ago

Just curious, did you enough the more "standard" games like those mentioned at one point? I feel like we all must have had some level of fun with them to be remotely interested in finding something better.#Looping Louie was a favorite of mine as a kid

5 months ago

I never really liked Monopoly or games like Sorry.  The only "classic" game that I enjoyed was #Clue.  Growing up, my family was more into card games, #Rummikub, and #Chess every once in a while.  I enjoyed those for what they were but they were mostly social gatherings, the game was less of a focus.

Premium User5 months ago

Interesting. The one time I ever remember playing Clue growing up I was at a friends house and his family was big into the game. I had 0 experience with and even less idea what I was doing. I made some comment and everyone was either like "ooohh" or "omg you're an idiot" and then the game was over lol

Premium User5 months ago

Wow that's awesome! My birthdays coming up on Wednesday and it's been a struggle trying to convince my SO to play A game with me haha. Was your wife big into games or did she just know your friend was?

5 months ago

No actually, my wife isn't that into board gaming.  She just just thought it might be fun and she knew our friend enjoyed it.  I think she might slightly regret introducing me to the hobby because I immediately dove into the deep end.  She does enjoy playing games but not nearly as much as I do.

Premium User5 months ago

Hahaha! While my fiancée didn't introduce me to it, she certainly encouraged my deep dive to continue to happen. I think she now regrets it too. And now she's in the same boat as your wife. Are there any games that she enjoys more than others? Perhaps a favorite "hobby" game?

5 months ago

Yes, she actually enjoys games like #Scythe, #Wingspan, and #Blood Rage when she has the mental energy for them.  However, we have 4 kids and so she's usually either not in the mood to play anything or she would rather play something lighter like #Ticket To Ride or #Lost Cities.  I can't complain too much, she indulges me quite often and is willing to learn new games more often than she would prefer.

Does your fiance enjoy any "hobby" games?

Premium User5 months ago

Your wife sounds very similar to my fiancée lol. No kids for us to sap the mental energy yet, but she's much more of a social gamer than I am. Not that I don't appreciate the conversation and the social aspect of gaming, it's actually one of my favorite parts of the hobby. I've met so many great people through gaming. She just would prefer to play games for fun whereas I like the mental challenge a bit more. She's a very good sport about it and much like your wife, indulges me with learning new games much more often than I'm sure she would like. If it were up to her, we'd play about once a month but I've gotten her to agree to once a week haha.

That being said, she did recently claim to purchase me a mystery game for my birthday. I'm really curious to find out what it is and will certainly be posting about it on here lol.

Her favorite games are things like#Po-ke-no and#Taboo. "Hobby" games wise she really enjoys#Wingspan,#Dominion: Second Edition, and#The Castles of Burgundy at this point. The heaviest game I think she'd play without much effort on my part would be#Terraforming Mars, though she's recently stated she wouldn't mind giving#Barrage another go.

I'm sure when we have kids we'll be playing a lot more of our lighter games. We certainly have a lot of them

5 months ago

Well, it's probably cliche by now, but I remember experiencing that with #Catan, then with #Carcassonne: Hunters & Gatherers.  They just felt different from the other games I had ever played, and I wanted to play them alot.  It wasn't until about 15 years later that I actually learned about how huge the hobby board game industry is, and began to purchase other games like #Betrayal at House on the Hill, #Codenames and #Near and Far which really made me want more.  

Yeah, at work I kept a board game group going during lunch, I would bring in a variety of games, some which a large group could play, and others that were more like 2-4 player and heavier.  The heavier games narrowed down who wanted to play, and we would play those over multiple sessions.  We still get together online every week or two, even though we work remotely, and one guy and I have a game session or two online to play a variety of new games on Board Game Arena and Tabletopia.  I also did two 1/2 hour seminars at work to expose people to the world of modern board gaming, that was well received and I've heard feedback from a few people who have purchased and played some of the gateway games I suggested.

Premium User5 months ago

I still haven't played Catan and I'm not sure if I ever will. I always was a little intimidated by it for some reason but knowing it's an entry level game now makes me almost feel like I'm past that part of my gaming life lol.

That's really cool about work! I would never have the opportunity to play anything even during breaks with my coworkers like that. Though I will admit, I have considered bringing something in like#Monikers just to try to see if we could manage to play it in between doing work.

5 months ago

Its not an entry level game, it was many people's (including mine) first forray into hobby games, because for many years it was the game, but there's still a lot of strategy to it.  I still enjoy playing it. 

Premium User5 months ago

Gotcha. Yeah I mean it sounded fun to me when someone told me the general gist of it. I think it was that 60-120min length listed on BGG that deterred me. Of course now I regularly play games that long so who knows lol

5 months ago

Yeah most of the games I really like to play tend more towards the 2 hrs than 1 these days.  Since according to your survey you like manipulating people it should be right up your alley lol. 

Premium User5 months ago

I took the manipulation more as games like#Chinatown which according to Sarah I am a savage at and#Secret Hitler. I wouldn't say they're my absolute favorite type of game but I do enjoy them.

2 hours is probably still too long for me most days. I think my standard is still 30 min to an hour. Hour and a half is okay too I guess lol.

5 months ago

In Catan you have to bargain with people so if you're good at manipulation that would totally be great there lol. 

How do you finish a game of Gallerist in 1 hr? Is it b/c only 2p?  Or because I have AP?

Premium User5 months ago

I'll keep that in mind. I'm not sure if I like real bargaining though. In Chinatown we put a 5 min timer on the open negotiation phase just to keep the game moving. I particularly like that aspect because I can get people who may not be paying attention to give me stuff for things they don't need lol.

Solo lol. Honestly though with how bad I lost, I probably could have used some more AP

5 months ago

It's not so much bargaining as convincing the other person to accept your offer?  With occasionally bargaining? 

But anyway, how long do games last when Sarah plays with you?  Still only an hour? 

The only game I've attempted solo was #Troyes.  I've only played twice but lost sooo badly both times. 

Premium User5 months ago

Hmmm I'm almost positive Sarah's told me she doesn't like it anyway so I probably shouldn't push another new game on her like that lol.

You mean game with Sarah lol. She only played that once with me from what I remember at least. It took 2 hours for sure if not longer including teach. I think the longest we've played a game was Terraforming Mars. Easily took us 3 hours the first time. It was pretty awful.

I'm kinda surprised you haven't played more solo. Or rather that you've successfully "convinced" others to play with you. I'm guessing "intimidated into playing" would be a better way to describe it 

5 months ago

Nah, probably "kept asking until they gave in" is probably a better way to put it haha. 

I should play more solo but I have so little free time when I don't feel like I should be doing something else.  (And this forum takes up a lot of my my formerly free time haha.)  When I'm with family or friends I can't be doing dishes or laundry so thats when I can guilt free play games if that makes any sense. 

Premium User5 months ago

Sorry for probably being the source for taking up most of that free time lol. I can understand that though. I doubt if I had kids I would ever be able to play games period. Much less solo lol

5 months ago

No worries, I should have said that I'm choosing to use my free time on the forums here instead of other stuff.  It's been fun! But yeah, post kids gaming time is definitely more rare.  I wish I had been more into the hobby before I had kids.  I liked playing back then, but I didn't have as large of a collection and knew nothing about the new hotness. 

Premium User5 months ago

Well I guess soon it will be worth it when your kids can play with you? Maybe wishful thinking 

4 months ago

That's what I'm waiting for! lol

Though I'm dreading the time that they might grow up and decide that their mom, Star Wars, and boardgaming are no longer cool haha.  I mean, I've never been cool but don't lump SW and boardgaming in with me. 

Premium User4 months ago

Eh you got at least 10 years with the older one before that happens. Hahaha

4 months ago

Who knows in this day and age.  Kids seem like they have to grow up so much faster in some ways. 

Premium User4 months ago

Hahaha that's true. My coworker yesterday said his 13 year old wants a Lamborghini. I'm like how do they even know what that is?

4 months ago

What?? I don't know where they pick this stuff up.  My 3 year old told me a couple of weeks ago that girls have longer eyelashes than boys.