Hello all. Wall of text incoming.
Coming up to two years ago, now, I got into board gaming in a big way. Initially what attracted me to contemporary board games was their ingenious systems that facilitated clever play, all driven by the players and governed by rulesets that weren’t automated by a GM or computer.
Ultimately though, what hooked me in a big way was that board gaming has people at its core, and the entire culture is people focused. Regardless of what’s on the table, the general cultural ethos is to embrace new players, play with good spirit, and to always be encouraging and generous. I’ve met an astonishing amount of new folks, many that are now good friends, through board gaming.
The short history is Ken from Pixel Hunt introduced my best friend Rok to contemporary games, probably about four years ago, now, then Rok naturally introduced me to them.
Fast forward to this week and I just received my 202nd board game (inclusive of card, dice, dexterity and social/party games).
If that sounds a bit overwhelming, the good news is you don’t have to own a lot of board games, you just need to know someone who does - we love sharing our games, teaching them and running events, and the reason we have so many is that we love to cover a wide variety of play styles and complexity levels to cater to the wonderful variety of people we do and may game with.
A year or so ago, Rok and I started a blog/space/entity/thing called Cardboard Embassy as an umbrella for our various adventures. It’s up on tumblr at cardboardembassy.tumblr.com which is slightly dormant at the moment while I’m unwell. We tend to just cross-post our Instagram accounts to it and then post our podcast up on there once we produce one. Early on we wrote articles but we’ve learned folks tend to just enjoy pictures and listen to audio.
So while I’m link-spamming, I may as well list my Board Game Geek profile under Vroenis - my games collection listed in text with comments is here - I’ve not been able to fully work on it this week so there are a few games without comprehensive remarks - it’s a slow process at the moment.
If you want to look at them all as pretty box-art, this is the link you want.
I used to be into Sefan Feld and Uwe Rosenberg in a big way, and while I still love those two designers, I’ve found I’m much more into Nuno Sentiero and Vital Lacerda who are on the Portuguese front of heavy game design. I also love Mac Gerdts, as well as really appreciating Kramer and Kiesling (Wolfgang Kramer and Michael Kiesling), Xavier Georges and a little Michael Schacht. That probably puts me squarely into the “Euro” gaming camp, but “Ameritrash” (not a pejorative - also see “Amerithrash” XD ) or thematic gaming can be great, too, and I’ve just started getting into abstracts.
There are a ton of talented designers, though, and a ton of genres and styles that now in this emerging Golden Age of board games, are beginning to mix and blur the traditional lines of definition, and that is good good news.
Anyway, if you’ve read this far, maybe Jason will make a “Wall of Text” badge for you
To finish off, in true Screen Play style - what board games have you been playing?