Last Night Brandon and I and 6 other people got together to play Boardgames and it was a great deal of fun. I played Dixit for the first time and an old favorite Citadels. Brandon played Puzzle Strike twice. (You can always see what games we’re playing over on the Standings page) Here are some thoughts we had that didn’t deserve their own full on posts:
- Describing Dixit
Dixit is better described as “Balderdash with pictures” than “Apples to Apples with pictures.” Both because its more true and because it makes people more likely to play. It’s still more of a “social activity” than a “game,” but I found it much more enjoyable than Apples to Apples. (Thom asked “so Dixit is like getting punched in the face rather than kicked in the groin?” and I said “No, it’s more like getting slapped in the face. Sometimes you don’t mind getting slapped.”)
- The Cult Of The New
I feel like with many activities, there’s a sort of cult of the new, and boardgamers do this a great deal. I’ll get OBSESSED with a new game and play it until I get OBSESSED with another game. I’m much more likely to want to buy a new game than to play one I’ve had for a few months. So it was a delight when I realized that we had 5 people which is a perfect number for Citadels, one of my old favorites. Even more delightful was remembering why I loved the game so much – the nerves of “will I get assassinated? Will I be stolen from?”, the feeling that you’ve made a terrible mistake after you pass the cards… It was great to break out an old favorite.
- It’s The People, Stupid
I was once again reminded that playing with the right people is the most important part of gaming. Brandon and I didn’t play the same game as each other the entire night, and instead I played with Melissa (who is a good friend and who I know well) and three strangers. But those three strangers were invested, competitive and fun to game with. A special shout out to Katie, who got absolutely demolished in Citadels, mostly for reasons that were unlucky or random and still seemed to enjoy the experience overall. It is hard to be stolen from seemingly every turn and still not only let everyone else have a good time but have a good time yourself. Bravo.
Josh’s points are sort of chronological. Since I want to talk about that last one first, I’ll go the other way.
- The Host With The Most
Having a bunch of people at a game night usually means you won’t be socializing with a number of people for the night. Which I knew would happen. I was very happy that, at the end of the night, everyone had fun playing games. But I also know that next game night I intend to make it more focused, so that I’m not concerned with playing host to a large group and I can sit with everyone at a single table and enjoy everyone’s company.
- Puzzle Strike is way better in person.Online the game tracks players’ discard piles, your current bag’s contents, and it automatically remembers your ante. It doesn’t forget rules, it keeps your hand organized and easy to use, and the components don’t sprawl out over the table. As a game qua game the online experience is far superior. In person you play with friends. No contest.
- Dixit Part Deux
Dixit is not my favorite game. But in keeping with the Cult of the New, it has become my favorite social construct to share with friends. It’s imaginative, easily accessible, Katie’s family (my GF, different from the one mentioned above) loves to play it. So the disdain on my more hardcore gamer friends’ faces regarding it can easily be overlooked. We’ll always have Puzzle Strike.