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Your hobby is what?
How many times have you heard this question?
Your hobby is what? Do you play board games? Are you kidding?
When I became fascinated by these modern eurogames, I got a lot of funny looks from people - my wife, brother and sister included. Their response was "Okay, if that's what you want to do ... I've never even heard of settlers of Catan or Carcassonne." What they didn't realize is that there is a fairly underground community developing around these games.
For the past six months or so, I've had to submit a description of what this community affectionately calls Eurogames. They have many names, none of which are known to the public - board games for adults. modern board games, designer games, German games or Ameritrash games. Neither of these explains it well for the non-player. It only digs you into a deeper hole.
You can't answer like this
We don't actually play "board games" as you might think. We actually play modern designer games from Europe. They tend to be quite complex and it takes several hours to play. No one is usually eliminated, so everyone is doing really well. They tend to be more interactive and engaging, yada yada ... Right. Now their eyes have glazed over and you look like a board game snob.
You are familiar with monopoly, right?
When introducing the games, it is important to touch a nerve. Asking about monopoly tends to be my first answer to them. This is a game that everyone knows. They understand that it is a game that is more complicated than your average 7-year-old can handle, that it has aspects of tax liability, scarce resources, cards and strategy. They also know that there are no trivia questions, movie quotes, drawing pictures or putting together words. Well, we have a starting point. You are dealing with a game that is mildly serious and can last for over an hour.
Now think about chess
Then I go to the other end of the spectrum, chess. Again, this is a game that everyone has seen or played at some time. Heck, it even pops up in the first book of Harry Potter. They understand that this is a deep strategy game that many play and only some champions. They also know that there are only two players and those who watch must be very, very quiet ... like golf. They are probably also aware that if you are good at chess, you are respected and considered intelligent, by most.
Now you have your two extremes.
Next up ... Risk
This is a third game that is more complicated and closer to the modern board game. And everyone is pretty familiar with it. What you have to watch out for with this game is that not everyone has had a positive experience with it. It tends to be long and drawn out with two sides fighting it until the wee hours of the morning - while the eliminated players go and watch TV or whine about snacks and watch the clock.
So modern board games are like risk
You can actually say that many adult board games are like "Risk of Steroids". But people actually like them and for the most part everyone plays for the whole game. These games are strategy oriented. You get to shape a country or landscape, manage an economy, manage energy infrastructures, or manage political races or micromanaging small businesses.
Unlike regular board games, the risk board looks like a world map with zones of value. This is much more like a eurogame than Monopoly - where all you do is walk around and hope to land on GO! or free parking.
You can also talk to them about the game's pictures. This is something that really attracted my wife. When she saw the art level in Ticket to Ride, she was really interested. Carcassonne is similar - the art is more cartoon-like, but you build the city as you go. It is very rewarding to see the final city when it is completed.
Have you ever played video games?
This is a really good hope since most 30-year-olds have seen a RTS (real-time strategy) game on a PC. They may have played Warcraft, Age of Empires, Rise of Nations, Command and Conquer or Civilization. Or they may have played games like The Sims, SimCity, Railroad Tycoon and Roller Coaster Tycoon. If so, they are in! This is the PC cousin of the modern board game.
Sid Meyer, Will Right, John Romero, Chris Sawyer
These names are known to PC players. They created games like Civilization. SimCity, Railroad Tycoon, Doom, Quake, Roller Coaster Tycoon. One of the cool things about Designer board games is that the designer of a good board game can become a star in their own right.
If they know the PC designer name, you can share your excitement for Klaus Teuber, Alan R. Moon, Richard Borg and Andreas Seyfarth. They should understand the respect.
Snowstorm and ID
If you don't hit the note with designer names, you just throw in those two names and you should get zero recognition. Blizzard has put out several games (all hits, by the way) such as Warcraft, Diablo and Starcraft. They are also responsible for the online multiplayer game World of Warcraft. ID is the gaming company that knocked the doors of first-person shooter games with Doom - its most downloaded shareware.
Rio Grande, Days Of Wonder and Fantasy Flight
If you've hit the nerve and are talking about PC gaming companies, you can make the logical jump to adult board game companies. These three companies should be at the forefront of the discussion. Most "hit" games come from these. Oh, and don't forget Mayfair with Settlers of Catan.
Here is an interesting point you can share with your newly found connection ...
Many PC games are also board games
And they land squarely in the modern board game genre. This is what some of the players call Amertrash games. But there are games that you can point to that can draw the one who doesn't record. Point them at Fantasy Flight Games. For example, they will recognize Starcraft, World of Warcraft and Doom. They will also know about the Age of Empires and the Railroad Tycoon. There really shouldn't be too much hope to get them to Puerto Rico, Ticket to Ride, Memoir & # 44; or Power Grid.
What you don't want to do
Unfortunately, when people think of board games as a hobby, and they've never tried it, they get a single image in their heads ... it's a bunch of nerdy guys with greasy hair in a basement or back room with funny dice, a bunch of metal figures and lots of paper. This picture usually also involves someone screaming "Shoot my +3 Fireball on the hill troll for 2d Damage ... roll for initiative" What?
They had a friend sometime who was in the Dungeons and Dragons. This audience is always presented in the same way as trekkies.
You also don't act as a snob about how your games are better than their old games from when they were younger. This just turns them off.
The best defense is a good offense
Just keep a few games in your car trunk or ready. When the opportunity arises, offer to produce it and show it. Let them see the rules, move the game, maybe even give it a shot. If they like it, good! If they don't, oh well. You just gave it and shared the gems with one more person.
Not everyone will be a fan
One thing in all this that you cannot forget is that you cannot please all people all the time. Personally, it was not difficult to convert my wife. She loves puzzles. But my sister and her husband, on the other hand, run in completely different circles than me and I don't think they will ever try a eurogame. I can get them to try Pizza Box Football, but that's where it will end. My brother can actually convert at any time.
Don't let that bother you. Just keep talking about it and we'll eventually create some more addicts together! Keep playing the best games in the WORLD!