I landed in Dallas today and jumped right into board gaming. The energy is amazing, and people are pretty friendly. There are so many games!
The convention area is the entire basement floor of the Hyatt Regency DFW. There are board-game vendors, large rooms for gaming, a library to check out thousands of games, and various events to sign up for.
During the workweek, I attend a meetup.com gaming group. If you’re not familiar with meetup.com, it’s a website where a group host will post an event, and people can join a group and RSVP if they’re attending or not.
It’s a great way to meet people who share similar interests. I’ve been attending this gaming group for over a year now, and through this group was how I’ve met even more gamers and friends who now I do weekend gaming with.
I was lucky enough to do some back-to-back gaming sessions this weekend. I was starting to get some gaming withdrawal as I hadn’t been able to attend my weekday game group because of work. And missing gaming totally makes me a cranky Meeple Lady.
Last Friday night after work, a group of us met up to play Terra Mystica. We had recently played a few weeks ago and we all wanted a rematch. As much as I love playing Terra Mystica, it isn’t one of those games I play frequently, namely because so few people want to spend time playing such a heavy game and it has a steep learning curve that makes it hard for people to jump into.
It takes a few plays to understand the mechanics of the game, and then throw in the fact that you can choose one of fourteen different “peoples” with their own special abilities and drawbacks, well, it’s a complex game.
Out of my closest group of friends, I’m the biggest gamer. People enjoy coming over to my place (even though it’s the smallest location among our homes) to play games and learn new ones. I like having a variety of games for different group sizes and levels of gaming. There are some friends who like meaty eurogames while others prefer party-type games.
For introducing games to non-gamers, you have to understand your audience. Diving immediately into a heavy eurogame will leave new gamers frustrated and confused, which is no fun for everybody.
One such game that new gamers can jump into is Splendor. It’s easy to learn and fast-paced, but has enough strategy to satisfy even medium-heavy gamers. And a game is about 30 minutes.
In Splendor, you are a rich merchant trying to purchase gems in order to buy higher-value cards and win prestige with the nobles.
The components are well-made — cards and sturdy poker chips — and there is no board. The game plays 2 to 4 players. First player to score 15 victory points triggers one last round, and then the person with the highest victory points wins.
This blog will primarily be about board games and my gaming experiences. And the meeple is central to board-gaming.
A meeple is a small person-shaped piece used as a player’s token in many eurogames. The word is a mashup of “my people.”
So while this post isn’t officially about playing board games, I still wanted to share. My crafty friend came over to show me how to paint Toms shoes. I purchased a regular black canvas pair for the project. My goal for the shoes: giant red meeples.
This past weekend, we met for our monthly game of Arkham Horror. My friend has done an amazing job of tricking out his game.
He replaced all the small cardboard tidbits such as hearts, brains and track tokens with color-coded glass beads. Each set of the glass beads also sit in awesome small decorative bowls that match the horror/occult theme of the game.
I am part of an Arkham Horror gaming group that meets up once a month. Arkham Horror is one of my uber-favorite games, but it’s hard to find people who are down to play it. Until I connected with these Arkham folks this past summer, I would play it about once a year. Yeah, pretty sad for a game I adore.
Arkham Horror is a cooperative adventure game set in the world of H.P. Lovecraft and his Cthulhu mythos. Who is H.P. Lovecraft, you ask? Lovecraft was an American horror fiction writer from the early 20th century. He didn’t see any success during his life, but his works later influenced many writers such as Stephen King and Neil Gainman, and various works of pop culture, such as Batman and HBO’s “True Detective.” In Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos, Great Old Ones exist, and humankind is unable to to comprehend their cosmic horrors should a Great Old One (also known as an Ancient One) awakens.
Hello, people of the Internet! I just started this blog to talk about all things board games, and to learn a thing or two about blogging. This is an entirely new process for me. I plan to write about my board-game nights, new purchases, board games that I enjoy or don’t enjoy playing, and next month, my first attendance at a board-game convention.
I’m super excited to be doing all this. Thanks for reading!