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My husband and I are super nerds–especially when it comes to board games. We started collecting them a couple of months into dating, and our collection has grown and grown ever since. I guess you could maybe call it an obsession, or maybe just extreme hobbying. Either way, we’ve collected quite a few board games over the course of our relationship.
Our justification for our unique hobby is that 1 game generally costs less than a night out, and you can play it over and over and over again! So, we cut back our traditional dinner dates, and upped our board game purchases.
Prior to becoming somewhat of a board game aficionado, I had not a single clue that board gaming stretched beyond that of Life, Clue, and Monopoly. When Mr. M brought home what we refer to as our first “real” board game, I was intrigued. That first game was Pandemic. Still a favorite of ours, and an easy one to learn.
Board gaming has been a pretty large part of our relationship, and so I thought it was fitting to finally dub it with its own post.
If you’re interested in learning to play a new board game, definitely give me a shout–I may be able to help! The following board games are games I would suggest to someone new to board gaming:
* Dominion – For sale at Barnes and Noble and online. This is a card only game. What I love about Dominion is that every game is different because different cards are used. Don’t get this confused with a Magic the Gathering or Pokemon type game, though. This is a very different type of game. Read about it here! AND you can play it with as little as two people–awesome if a lot of your friends aren’t into board gaming.
* Pandemic – For sale at Target, Barnes and Noble and online. This is a fairly simple, easy rule game. It’s a traditional board game with a board and cards. You can also play Pandemic with as little as two people. What I love about Pandemic is that it’s a cooperative game, meaning it’s all the players, against the board–not player against player. This was a new concept to me when we played it for the first time, and co-op games continue to be some of my favorites.
* Castles of Burgundy – For sale at Barnes and Noble and online. This is hands down one of our favorite board games. It has a neat set-up with a main board and individual player boards. It may be a tiny bit more difficult to learn than the previous two I mentioned, but once you learn what all the tiles mean, it’s a piece of cake (or… you can just leave the rule book open to the page that shows you what each tile means–which is what we did the first few times we played it!). This one is definitely player against player–your typical “who can rack up the most points in the end” type game, but it’s more about your own board and how you’re going to use resources that are available to you. There’s not much player interaction (you’re not trying to mess the other player up).
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to shoot me an email. If you’d like to see more posts on board gaming, let me know what you’re thinking and I’ll try to accommodate! 🙂
What’s your favorite board game?!