I know we're all gamers - but I wonder how many people on here actively play board games (if you don't, you should).
I think the hardest part about getting in to board games is finding other people to share that hobby with. I've only recently gotten properly in to board games and am just discovering how amazing and fun they can be. For the past 8 or so years my household has just been myself and my wife. Due to a family tragedy, my 16 year old sister has had to move in with us. As part of us forming a family, we've instituted a weekly family game night (which has become much more regular than just weekly).
The real curiosity I have is: Did board games only get good during the 2000s??
Growing up I remember playing Monopoly, Cluedo (Clue), The Game of Life, Scrabble, Payday, Risk. Some of these I still really like (Risk), but most games were your typical roll a die, move around the board, draw some cards, get money etc...
Now games seem to have amped up how much strategy you can use.
Games we've played lately include:
- Jackbox Party Pack (YDKJ, Fibbage, Drawful) - not board games I know, but that's how our family game nights got started
- The Resistance: Avalon (there's a couple of premium videos of this here on GB, great as a part game)
- Ticket to Ride (our first purchase other than the ones we already owned from a long time ago - what a great game to introduce people to modern board games)
- Catan (holy shit this game is great, I know why it's pretty much most people's number 1)
- Pandemic (this has been a lot of fun co-operating as a group)
Recent purchases include:
Plus I want to get some expansions for games I already have (Just picked up Pandemic: On the Brink)
I'm finding myself researching lots of board games, going to shops and wanting to buy heaps of them. I feel like board games have bit me deep at the moment, though I'm concerned about 'burning out' on them with my family.
Any favourite board games here on GB?
I'd love to talk about some of the games I've already played - I think it'd be awesome to discuss various strategies to these games and I think there is a natural cross over between board games and video games - while selling my wife on video games is tough (she supports me and buys heaps of video game stuff for me, but has little interest herself other than Lego LOTR and Jurassic) but board games have been accessible for all.