Boardgames are fun. In fact, boardgames are probably the only reason I wish I had more friends — usually I am so misanthropic that I don’t care that I don’t have many friends. I must admit, though, that the larger number and variety of friends you have will ensure that you can find SOMEone who will play a certain game with you.
I have to mention here that just because you have friends who like boardgames and will play them with you doesn’t mean you always have friends who will play a certain game with you. For example, to make Settlers of Catan (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/gp/redirect NULL.html%3FASIN=B00001ZT4D%26tag=blogferret-20%26lcode=xm2%26cID=2025%26ccmID=165953%26location=/o/ASIN/B00001ZT4D%253FSubscriptionId=0EMV44A9A5YT1RVDGZ82) fun, you must have 3 or more players. If you manage to find enough people, ALL of your problems aren’t solved, though! Someone who enjoys playing Carcassonne (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/gp/redirect NULL.html%3FASIN=B00005UNAX%26tag=blogferret-20%26lcode=xm2%26cID=2025%26ccmID=165953%26location=/o/ASIN/B00005UNAX%253FSubscriptionId=0EMV44A9A5YT1RVDGZ82) won’t necessarily like Settlers. This means that even if you can find someone besides your husband (http://www NULL.ambardia NULL.com) to play one game with you, that’s not a guarantee that that same person will like another game.
Now seems like a good time to talk about boardgaming in general. First and perhaps most importantly: “gamers” vs. “non-gamers.”
To simplify, “gamers” are thought of as being just so cracked out over games that they spend all their free time and money playing and buying games or thinking about playing and buying games. Some gamers aren’t quite so rabid, but most will try anything once and will never turn down a chance to play their favorites. Most geeky people have a little gamer in them, whether they be “chess guys”, Heroscape (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/gp/redirect NULL.html%3FASIN=B0001ITVZQ%26tag=blogferret-20%26lcode=xm2%26cID=2025%26ccmID=165953%26location=/o/ASIN/B0001ITVZQ%253FSubscriptionId=0EMV44A9A5YT1RVDGZ82) fanatics, or full-out boardgame geeks (http://www NULL.boardgamegeek NULL.com).
“Non-gamers,” on the other hand, enjoy a game of gin or Monopoly, perhaps, but aren’t going to be too comfy spending an hour or two playing some weird German game with five pages of rules. The thing to remember is that if someone in an online forum says a boardgame is fun but also “okay for non-gamers,” this really means that perhaps your non-gamer friends/family won’t kill you for making them play it with you. It does not mean that they won’t spend the entire hour whining about how they don’t understand what’s going on and that’s why they’re losing.(http://www NULL.linkwithin NULL.com/)