No worries, interested folk - the staff at Snakes are in my experience pretty good at helping match a group with a game that'll work for them. (I fully admit I am slightly biased, as I play board games with several of them on a pretty regular basis. But there's a lot of game knowledge on deck to help out people who want to find something to play, honest.
Also, to clarify my earlier comment: When I said "distant" I was speaking specifically
of Risk, and meant that I don't generally gravitate to the kind of board game where I represent an abstract nation/corporate entity and am looking down at a map from on high, with my actions being of the "this token represents several hundred soldiers, which I shall now place over here" variety - I generally prefer it if I'm getting to play a character or something. (Strangely, in video game land this feeling doesn't bother me so much - I am perfectly happy to hang out for quite some time playing Civilization
or Endless Legend
. Go figure.)
There are exceptions, of course - the probably-deservedly-popular Ticket to Ride
is pleasantly chill, for instance, and Suburbia
is solid, though for a game in which the players don't interact much it is a mean
At the farthest extreme, there are games that feel (to me) an awful lot more like playing a mathematics problem than like participating in an epic battle to save the world (or a silly race involving cartoon animals).
Overall, though, I prefer the scale of what I'm playing to be a little less...remote, whether that means "I'm going to be the boss of this 8-bit dungeon! Rawr!" or "I bet on the fox to win" or "Today I think I want to be the playwright guy" or "If I go use my kung-fu on THIS ghost, then you can take out THIS one and we'll maybe have a chance at Wu Feng!"
Purely subjective, and not at all a reflection on the kinds of games most of us grew up with (though I cannot pretend I do not think Monopoly
is pretty dull.