well, you can play Scrabble on Facebook...
2007-09-20 03:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Around here...
I've read the article and I'm not sure I'm any the wiser. I'm put off by the sheer complexity of the enterprise.
Also I fear addiction.
My sisters and their families play board games--it's one of the things I really like about visiting them, since it's tough to play by yourself!
There is a group of people in Austin who meet to play board games, but I haven't gone, for one reason or another.
We had a board-game playing culture in my family when I was a kid, but no-one seems to have kept it up.
2007-09-20 01:41 pm (UTC)
We don't play boardgames much at my house, but then boardgames are much less enjoyable with only two people.
My experiences with Talisman and The Game of Life were exactly the opposite of yours. My ex-husband loved Talisman, but it bored me to tears, but while I was growing up, I played The Game of Life, sometimes by myself. But then, I used it as a jumping off point for stories about those little pink and blue pegs. Of course, at that time there were no fantasy board games or D&D.
But now that I'm thinking about this. . . when my daughter, mother and I played The Game of Life last year, I found myself appalled at the oppressively hetero-centric, middle classness of it all, and I refused to get married. I don't remember even considering that when I played as a youngster.
I suppose the attraction of Game of Life for a child is that it allows you to imagine life as a grown-up. It's just such a huge shame that the life path you're offered is so mainstream and boring.
My younger daughter (age 24) plays board games every weekend with a group of friends. That said, the games are much more sophisticated these days than the classics like Scrabble and Monopoly and they often reflect a certain online influence.
I'm not really aware of the new games on the market. Maybe I should explore.
We had a board game binge last Christmas and for a couple months following. It started as a gift-giving plan during the intense grief period in my family. We discovered Lost Cities and stayed up WAY too late with it, playing through a lengthy bout of winter colds, among other things. We also got Ingenious, which we have played but haven't played with as much total focus and addiction as Lost Cities. We've played Sneeze and Poison and Hey, That's My Fish with our god daughter and my nephew...and we bought Reef Encounters, but haven't learned the elaborate rules/game play yet. But its beautiful, and probably this year we'll dive in.
Lost Cities sounds interesting. I need to have a look at what's out there.
You really ought to try Settlers of Catan. It really is as good as people say it is. It takes at least three players, but if you're two there's a card game version that's pretty darn good. Power grid is also excellent, and all of these "grown-up" board games are actually quite easy to figure out.
Thanks. I'll take a look.
Our little group plays boardgames regularly. We really like Carcassone and Puerto Rico; we have a whole new list to go through as well.
Most of us are in our early thirties; that may not count as "young people" even though we're not necessarily old. We are however, the video game generation to be sure-- most of us still have Nintendo DS Lites and play a lot of video games too. It seems a lot of the nerds I know, myself included, have a great love of board games as well as technology.
Forgive the wooden delivery-- coffee is still brewing >.
i'm 31 and board games are things people my age try to play and talk about playing but only once in a blue moon end up playing.
i used to play dungeons and dragons when i was a young teen and those were some of the best times i ever had.
I did a bit of Dungeonmastering back in the day- and that was great fun but also very hard work.
Yeah, my friends play board games quite a lot, but I'm about the same age as Joe. We play Carcassone and Settlers of Catan and things like that (also card games like Munchkin), but I've also got real Scrabble, Monopoly (the lord of the rings version), a Doctor Who game, and a set of Trivial Pursuit, that we drove around all-night supermarkets trying to find for an hour or so a few years ago, because we'd had a sudden craving!
That's quite a heavy board-gaming habit you have there! :)
I'm surprised. I was assuming on-line gaming would have driven board games to near extinction. Instead it seems like there's golden age in progress.
in tucson we had board games nights sometimes. but then, "we" is a bunch of poetry students, and therefore probably nerdier than your average young person. i am, however, banned from playing scrabble.
Well, from what I've gathered from the response to this post, "us nerds" are driving a golden age of board-gaming. I'm surprised- but perhaps I shouldn't have been.
The Game of Life did teach one valuable lesson: that going to university was an excellent value. Only a few more spaces early on to enjoy substantially increased paydays later. :)
Otherwise it was fairly boring, though ... much too linear.
I had a group round tonight to play Shogun- it was pretty sweet. I was gonna lose, but so be it.
The attraction for me is not about wishing to be the warlord, it's just the strategy of it all. Like RISK. Shogun is very like RISK. The board sets itself up randomly, you decide which area is your best bet for domination, and then you reinforce it, all the time hoping/signalling that the other guys won't go for your area, won't place close to you, or will fall into your trap.
Then every round, every fight you choose to make or not make, they're all decisions that affect the outcome. And like with chess- part of the fun is spending time trying to figure out what moves you want to make, to where, with what long term-goals in mind, while trying to figure out what your opponent is up to.
Other games I play, and have been playing I suppose for several years now, are some of the ones already mentioned here: Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, plus Puerto Rico, Alhambra, some Munchkin, Poker of late, and various other ones we passed through as fads.
Shogun is the daddy of them all really.
Game of Life I liked, for a very similar reason to like Monopoly, and World of Warcraft, and Shogun. I don't suppose you could say Monopoly is especially exciting, at least not more so than Game of Life. But they both tap into our basic acquisitive desire. To acquire stuff. In Game of Life, it's money, kids in the car (I loved filling it up with those little pink and blue pegs/kids), and success. In Monopoly it's money and land. In Warcraft it's levels, XP, and gear. In Shogun it's cash, land, and power.
Talsiman was great for that too- you just keep on powering up your heroes on and on. Gamesmen who wanted to go for the Crown of Command early didn't seem to really get the fun part of Talisman. It's not winning, it's powering up!
Same kind of reason I loved Civilization the PC game. You just keep on applying tax/research/luxury multipliers, doubling and tripling your production and science and tech. I was never into warring with it much, since warring was a pain in the ass and slower than getting all the Wonders and racing ahead of the competition.
World of Warcraft, the epicly popular online realm, is all about just grinding through battle after battle, just to get the next awesome piece of gear. I'm ready to drop out, as the amount of effort you put in for the next gear-step is pretty disproportionate.
I haven't done any "serious" gaming since you guys were kids. I must say I was always pretty much set on winning. Sod powering up, just let me get at that crown of command!
I've watched people play computer games of the World of Warcraft variety. I like the fantasy element and the idea of wandering through an enormous virtual landscape, but the actual mechanics of play- all those slow, slow battles- strike me as repetitive and dull.