I have been on a kick lately about board games. I guess it started with listening to the Pulp Gamer podcast. The games that they were describing were like nothing I had ever played, but they sounded like fun. I don’t really know the best way to describe "hobby" games or if that is even the right term, but they are games that require a little more thought than most party games. I guess I can describe them as like RISK, but fun.
So I listened to a few other podcasts and finally decided to order a few of these games from a company called Cheepass Games (I am sure that their name is based on some sort of donkey that was tight with the money and they are all "King James" Bible readers so Cheepass is perfectly acceptable.) I picked up "The Great Brain Robbery," "Who Killed Dr. Lucky" and "Captain Treasure Boots." I also picked up the pieces for "Captain Treasure" because that would give me the pieces that I needed for the other 2 games as well.
In the past week or so I have spent a few nights playing games. The Captain Treasure’s faster pace and attacking of other players have made it the hit game so far, but even though I am alone in this I am a big fan of Kill Dr. Lucky. (I guess I’m not totally alone in this as it is the company’s best selling game.) There is something really cool about sitting around and playing a board game that playing a video game doesn’t really give you, and that is a chance to talk. Even most of the "party" games that people play (Taboo, Scene It, etc) are loud and fast and don’t give you much chance to do more than yell out answers. These games have given me a chance to interact with people at a different pace, and it has been fun.
Now I want to move up to some of the games that actually have cool parts to them. So if anyone wants to give Nathan Robo Rally or Battlestations for his up coming birthday I am sure he would be thrilled.