Of course, if you’ve ever played a game that provides each player with a little pile of bits — meeples, houses, roads, trains, chips, cubes, whatever — and you HAVEN’T made a geometric pile in front of you on the table while you were waiting for your next turn… well, I don’t believe you.
And while I say “sadly” it might just be my age showing, and perhaps she was actually onto something. After all, it could be that someone out there might actually get some joy out of watching me lose at Settlers of Catan or Carcassonne.
Board game week continues and it has forced me to go digging through the cupboard to dust off all sorts of old gaming memories. Like many card-carrying geeks, we spent the better part of our pre-parenting years socializing with friends around a fistful of cards, trading wood for ore, munchkin-questing, or gathering purple trains to finally build that railroad between Duluth and Toronto and win the game.
Then the kids came along, and regular games nights became an annual games night where there was less gaming and more eating and doing those things that parents do. But somehow the legacy has re-blossomed in the fertile imaginations of our progeny and the spark of board game nerdyness has sprouted once again… if not exactly in the form we might have expected.