I can't believe how wrong I've been about board games! I usually thought of them as bored games and had mental images of never-ending Monopoly games running through my head. My only exceptions have been chess and some card games played with a standard 52 card deck.
Fortunately for me, I have friends who were determined to show me the error of my ways. They brought in a selection of games to work and asked me to play during lunch. Usually we play SC2 or Call of Duty on our lunch breaks and gaming with them is a blast, but they wanted to change it up and try something new. I think that secretly they're trying to indoctrinate me into their world of board games.
I've been extremely surprised to find that I'm having fun! Four of us have regularly been sitting down at a table and playing games face-to-face. We're in the midst of week 2 of board games and so far they've gotten me hooked on Citadels and Ascension. I think they're both gateway games, because they aren't really played on a board, they're mostly played with cards. But I have a feeling the true board games are just around the corner.
Citadels is a straight up card game and Ascension is a deck building game played on a mat. They've also been talking about a game called Small World and now I'm intrigued by the prospect of playing that too.
Something about physically touching the game pieces and interacting with real world objects adds an extra level of satisfaction to the game. It's a different feeling than what I get from playing video games and I think I like it.
Luckily for me, these friends have a board game site that rocks. They launched Boxed up Fun a few months ago and have been working the kinks out. I think most of the bugs are squashed and it's shaping up to be an awesome platform for sharing, reviewing, and discovering board games. You should support them by visiting Boxed Up Fun. If you're a board game fan, feel free to friend me on the site and send some board game suggestions my way. Or leave a comment below.