Friday, April 15, 2011

Intro Games are like Intro Drugs..

Just like there are "intro drugs" there are "intro games" - Those games that you've never heard of and someone convinces you to play on some idle Tuesday night because you're bored and they keep saying things like "It'll be fun" and "All my other friends love it." You sit down to the table and listen to the rules of the game, wondering what exactly you just got yourself into, while eying the multitude of brightly colored pieces and tiles. You start to think that maybe you're not qualified enough to play this game and enjoy the mechanics and nuances of strategy before finishing up that PhD you've been planning to never get. "It's easy," they assure you. You're not convinced. But then, after the first round of turns and you're told to go again, you suddenly get it. The rules are easy, a bit long-winded, but overall not that complicated once you get started. About halfway through the game you realize you've suddenly come up with a strategy and so you implement it, your competitors still giving you plenty of "new guy" leeway. That is, of course, until there are only 2 rounds left and it's become painfully clear to everyone you're now kicking major butt.

After you're first time playing you'll wonder why you've never played it before. You'll start asking all your friends and family if they've ever heard of it and if not, would they like to play? When you do run into someone that's played before, they'll of course recommend another game, a new, more involved game that you've never heard of but now you just desperately need to try. You'll find out that there are stores out there that sell games that you can't find at Walmart or Target and soon, you'll know the store clerks there on a first name basis. You'll write long-winded reviews online for those games you've played and loved or hated. You'll have become.. addicted.

My shelf has become consumed with table top games. So far my collection includes...
  • Chrononauts (Original and Early American History)
  • Steam
  • Endeavor
  • Ingenious
  • Carcassonne
  • Settlers of Catan (Base and Cities & Knights expansion)
  • Dixit
  • Bananagrams
  • Onirim
  • Bottle Imp
  • Dominion (All of them.. almost)
  • Killer Bunnies
  • Ticket to Ride
  • Red November
  • In a Pickle
Games I own that you've probably heard of:
  • Clue
  • Apples to Apples
  • Cranium
  • Scrabble
  • Monopoly
  • Uno
  • Skippo
  • Risk

These two lists will continue to grow throughout time, I assure you. I already have my next few purchases selected.