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How Did You Get Started Into Board Gaming?

2010 June 8
by Michael Schroeder

I thought it would be interesting for people to comment and see how people got started into the board gaming hobby.

For me it was my friend Tim showed up one day with a game called, Guillotine. I wasn’t sure what to think before we played it as I wasn’t a board gamer, our get together’s usually entailed pizza and video games. But we played and I thought it was very fun so I inquired a bit about it. At that point through discussion I came to find out about these, “alternative” board games so I investigated further, but never made a purchase for months after.

I think after getting introduced to the game our nights were still primarily spent by playing video games but we’d do a little bit of board gaming as well. But one day we visited a small board game store in Buffalo called, Iron Crown. Like most board game stores, this one had a plethora of these fancy art boxes that I had no clue what they were about, so we poked around a bit. I do recall now seeing Carcassonne and looking at the box – but Carcassonne ended up being my first “board game hobby” purchase. And I immediately loved the game. I loved the card stock and quality of the components, the illustrations, the smell of when you first open the box, and the fact that I was delving into this world of games that weren’t originally designed here and that not a lot of people knew about, which was exciting! I forgot where I purchased this game but it was probably Amazon, as I didn’t know about the online BG indie retailers at that point, such as thoughthammer and boardsandbits.

So we ended up playing this game quite a bit, but not long after I had to quench my thirst and get my hands on something else.

At that point, I didn’t know of other board game companies so I would just look at the Rio Grande Games catalog that came with the games and after looking though, I decided, well, I don’t know any of these games personally, so why don’t I purchase one that one an award like Carcassonne did, so I purchase Alhambra.

Let’s fast forward a bit, then my next purchase was another Spiel de Jahres winner, Torres – then I wanted a game that I could play solo when nobody was around, so I got Oceania. Needless to say, our nights are mostly board game nights now – not so much just video game nights.

I encourage you to share your story of how you first got introduced to the hobby.

After awhile our friend Jeff introduced us to a game called Mexican Train (dominoes).


Michael Schroeder is a board game enthusiast, has written an eBook entitled, “Beyond Monopoly: A Beginner’s Guide to Modern Board Games” (Kindle, Apple iBook), is busy designing games and owns an eCommerce board game store, Meeple Village! He also has a podcast that complements this blog, “Board Game Dialog (also available on other podcast aggregators).” He is mike6423 on BGG.

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  1. July 10, 2010

    I suppose I always have been since I was a kid. We played a lot of board games like Sorry, Clue, Payday, etc. And in high school of course I got hooked on Risk.
    I began getting into it more when my friend introduced me to Eurorails. I fell in love with it and it kind of opened the door for me. I then decided to play this Catan game others kept talking about and from there I branched out and bought new games to try like Carcassonne and Acquire.

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