Board games, I love them.
But no, I won’t play Monopoly with you. Or Apples to Apples. Or Scattergories or Outburst or Life. Just as I’m a food snob, movie snob and beer snob, I’m also a board game snob. I play board games that are usually classified as Eurogames or German-style board games.
Like many gamers, I started with The Settlers of Catan. Settlers is an easy to learn Eurogame that is widely popular in the United States and easy to pick up at stores like Target. It is a great introduction to Eurogames, and for me, a starting point to a whole new world of board games.
(Settlers of Catan)
Every Sunday from fall to spring, I invite anyone who wants to play to my house for a meal and board games. I supply a simple vegetarian soup and access to my games and my guests bring what they want to drink and any games they want to play. In doing this, I’ve met a lot of new people, played new games, and found some great soup recipes. We play for three to five hours, sometimes having up to three different games going at once.
Some games, like Through the Ages, need full days set aside to play. To play the full Through the Ages game takes six hours for a four person game, but is worth every minute. 7 Wonders, another popular game, only takes 30 minutes to play and is great for older kids and adults with short attention spans.
(Through the Ages)
My favorite game right now is Power Grid. Basically, you try to supply the most cities with power by building a network of power plants. You purchase the power plants and the raw materials needed to run the plants to expand your network and receive money back for the cities you supply power to. It takes about two hours to play, which is long enough to really get into the game, but short enough to keep peoples’ interest.
Do you play board games? What are your favorites? Can you imagine playing a six hour game, or do you think I’m just wasting my time when I could be doing something useful?