Posts about Tabletop games
Unpopular Opinion: Board games with overly deep mechanics and high number of apparatuses should be just a video game at that point.
Computers are there for a reason. Complexity/depth should not mean 100+ cards, 20 different types of tokens, 50+ clause rules list, 60+ figurines, a dozen different dice...
Just make it a video game at that point.
I think a board game that has easy set up with minimum numbers of utilities (cards, dice, maps, etc) but has a lot of depth is a good board game.
Are there any board games released in the 21st century that deserve status as a mainstream institution like Chess, Go, etc.?
Obviously, part of the reason the games I mentioned became institutions is that they existed in a time before economies could support giant companies mass producing copies of thousands of different titles every year. When someone made a great game, it was THE GAME (or one of few) in that time and place.
But setting aside the hurdles of "getting there" in the 21st century, which game(s) would be deserving of that kind of timeless constancy, and why?
I was recently called into customs to explain a board game order as they didn't understand what it was. Have you ever tried to explain a big box board game to someone who has never played any board games? This is how it went:
"Its a board game"
"what is a board game?"
"its something you can play for fun."
"Like a guitar?" (Red flag: luxury taxation on musical instruments)
"Like a video game?" (Red flag: electronic import taxes are much higher)
"what does it do?"
"You have fun playing it. Like a standard deck of cards but more involved"
"Ohhhh..... so it's for gambling" (Red flag: Gabling items are strictly prohibited)
"No no It's more like Chess or Dominoes.... but with more stuff."
"So its for kids?"
I half expected him to end it with "kids are a luxury.... luxury taxation!"
I remember having a similar experience when I got in a crokinole board. What was the most bizarre explanation you had to give?
Hey everyone! 30M professional in tech here. Looking to connect with people with similar hobbies.
I’m interested in chess (still pretty much a beginner - around 750-800 elo). Among other board games, I enjoy Catan, Pandemic, Ticket to ride, Codenames, Sequence, Santorini, Chinatown etc. I have a copy of of these and can host/bring it to Dream Escape etc.
I also enjoy cycling and squash.
Would love to meet and get to know people with similar interests! Feel free to DM/chat.