Wednesday, May 18, 2016

My Board Game Obsession

Alright, I guess it's fair to say I'm a bit obsessed with board games. It all started when I was a wee-lad, my aunt bought me my first board game - 'Mouse Trap!'

Since then, it's been a fun ride. Years spent playing Trivial Pursuit, Monopoly, Scattergories... it was a great time to be alive! 

Alright, I'll calm down. 

Soon, the board game obsession gave way to video games. Video games were faster and more challenging than any board game I could find. It was sad in a way. I missed the camaraderie playing a board game with friends and family brought. Camping out around a table, drinks, chips, laughing, cheating, arguments. But board games couldn't keep up with technology. Games like Monopoly, and the like, grew stale and static. I longed for something more...

Years later, I decided to search the internet for anything fresh. I searched 'challenging board games' - 'nerdy board games' - 'geeky board games' - anything to peek my interest. 

It seemed while I was busy playing video games, a whole world of board games arrived on the scene. Board games that catered to the nerd in me. I grabbed my card and ordered the first one that jumped out at me.
This game was perfect for someone jumping into a new genre - simple rules, cool to look at, and the game play was fast. There's also many expansion packs to keep it fresh. But soon. my brain craved more strategy. Something to stir the pot a bit.
This game... 
Catan is STILL a favorite of mine. Me and my friends play for hours, 4 games a night if we get together early enough. And like Carcassonne, Catan's board changes every game, keeping things fresh. You have to think 3 to 4 steps ahead, make deals with people, and sometimes steal. And again, there are expansion packs to make the board more challenging.

But again, the board game gods grow weary, even of their favorite games. You must keep feeding the beast! 

Then, one day while perusing the board game isle of my local store... I was feeling a bit nostalgic. That was when THIS game caught my eye...
 This, my friends, is a three-tier Monopoly board. Yeah, you heard me... three monopoly style boards stacked on top of each other, each smaller than the next. It's an amazing play on a classic game. And it's insane to play. 

Remember how long Monopoly took, times that by three. Yeah, it's not for the faint at heart.

Then, one rainy fall day, a distant friend from far away lands introduced us to a game without a board. Sacrilege, you say? I beg to differ.
 This card-based game was a fresh, eye-opening moment for me. I never really understood, or got into such games as a kid, but Munchkin consumed me and my friends like fire rushing through a drought-stricken forest. And Munchkin has so many versions and expansions that it's almost impossible to keep track. 

And bonus... most are compatible with each other!

 The cards are fun and unique, and the game-play is long enough to keep everyone interested. You can often squeeze in several games a night. And there's always room for more players, as long as you have enough cards.

As of present, me and my friends have been cycling back and forth between Catan and Munchkin (the Cthulhu version). Though, whispers in the dark seem to be leading us back to an old favorite...

Dude, you need to beef-up Iceland.


  1. Talking about my childhood days, I remember so clearly knowing the warmth and comfort of my place in the family. And all of this is connected in my mind with the delightful fun of board games.

  2. Hi there, I was browsing the internet for Carcassonne versions and compatibility and fell here. Carcassonne is the first of the games you reviewd that I played, but just once like 13 or 14 years ago, and got in touch with it two days ago. In the meantime I played Catan and Munchkin, loved them both. Even made my own wooden handpainted Catan with the 5.6 player expantion.
    And last week a friend of mine flew in from San Francisco (I'm from Argentina) and brought a game called "Betrayal at the house on the hill". Just amazing, really recommend it. Board is always different as in Catan and Carcassonne, and ending also. You start by exploring the haunted house as a group until a hount is triggered and so a traitor (if so) revealed. Then its time to fight the hount or get away from the house (depending on the hount, there are 50 different ones).
    Really fun to play, up to 6 players.
    There is an expansion pack, cheap enough to give it a shot but from wath I read not really playtested enough.
    Hope you try it, lots of fun.

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