In 2007 i bought Catan on the XBLA marketplace (the downloadable videogames service on the Xbox 360). Catan was the video game version of one of the most successful board games of all time, Settlers of Catan. It was my first experience with the “new” generation of board games. I bought a few more XBLA versions of board games like Ticket to Ride, Lost Cities and Carcassone soon after that.
Settlers of Catan was the ideal springboard into a hobby which in Cyprus has not taken off. There isn’t a great awareness of these board games as people tend to either not to play at all or do play but more traditional games such as Monopoly and Pictionary. This lack of interest and awareness is quite strange because there are many Cypriots who are fanatical about board games such as tavli (version of backgammon) and card games like pilotta and poker.
So today I would like to spread some board game love around. There are some excellent family and party board games out there which can be tracked down online relatively easily. All these games have simple rules so they are very easy to get into, even people who have never played before.
Unlike older games like Trivial Pursuit, most of these board games only require a time investment of between 30mins to 90mins maximum. So they are easily playable even on weeknights. In addition most of them are designed in such a way so that all players are usually active or have an interest during another player’s turn. There is always something to do.
Above all, board games offer a fantastic excuse to get some friends together to have lots of wine as well as laughs. It’s a great way to socialize with people.
This week is dedicated to family and party games which can accommodate up to 6 players.
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