I grew up playing awide variety of the standard board games with my family, includingMonopoly, Sorry!, Parcheesi,chess(which I tried to teach my 90 year oldgrandma when I was six), Mancala, checkers, etc. The family always took a stack of games on our yearly beach cabinvacation; the weekinvariably included the long game of chess with my dad and the "Pente championship of the world" with my brother.
My twobrothers andIset uplong-term games of Risk in thebasement for days at a timewhen we were10, 8 and 6. A couple years later we discovered Axis & Allies, which became our New Years Eve tradition while the ladies watched Little Women and cried. When I was in my mid teens, a friend from church introduced me to the Euro-style games including the then-new Settlers of Catan.
I became the "game buyer" here at Exodus in 2011, and have since become heavily addicted to board games. I consider it my sacred duty to buy and play as many of the games we carry as possible (which has led to a bulging game closet at home). My wife and I play a lot of boardgames together, and we findthem a delightful way to relax (most games at least) and spend time together after a good day's work.
I enjoy almost any game if I'm playing with good people who are alsoenjoying it. I've always reveled inthe long war games(Axis & Allies,Risk 2210, Merchants & Marauders) with my brothers and guy friends, butagame of Taboo with alarger groupof people you don't even know can be just assatisfying.My wife and I have hosted severalgame nights at Exodus,and at theseI've really enjoyed games with an easier learning curve, including Ticket to Ride, 7 Wonders, Alhambra, Oregon, Dominion, Imaginiff, and Settlers of Catan. But what I enjoy most is sitting down with my wife, a glass of something, and maybe one or two other game enthusiasts, and playing a meatier game like Agricola, Puerto Rico, Pillars of the Earth, or Wars of the Roses.
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