Thursday, January 7, 2016

Tabletop Game Reviews

Hello my loyal readers. You've stuck with me through the past years and seen my blog grow in number of posts and variety of items I've reviewed. While this blog is and will continue to be mainly about books, I like to continue to add the types of products I review to this blog as well. Starting this year I am adding tabletop games to my mix. For the moment, these posts will not replace my current posting schedule of Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, but will instead be an additional post once a month or twice a month, depending on the number of games I have to review. This post is designed to introduce you to the world of tabletop gaming and provide you with some key information.

Tabletop games have been around for centuries. We see them in games such as Chess, Checkers, Mahjong, etc. They can come in many categories, including but not limited to board games, card games, and dice games and within these three broad categories, are further subcategories like word games, party games, worker placement games, card collecting games, etc. There are also genres of games, which are so wide and varied they have something for everyone. You have fantasy, horror, war, vampires, zombies, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, etc. There's also various levels of strategy involved in games, which range from casual to the hardcore gamer. The casual games are simple to pick up, but the more complex games have rule books so thick that it might make you faint. I hope to slowly ease you into the world of tabletop gaming by introducing you to casual games first, but sometimes a game is just so awesome I might have to share it with you, even if you're not quite ready for it.

I am very excited about this future endeavor, because I have been in a technology war with myself for almost a decade. I like and hate technology; embrace and reject it all at the same time. This is a big reason I love physical books so much and generally avoid e-books. What does this have to do with games? Well, I used to play an equal mix of video games and tabletop games, but for a while it seemed like video games were winning the war and killing tabletop games. My household was thankfully the opposite, but there's only so many times you can play Monopoly or Trivial Pursuit. And then, I discovered what I am referring to as the Tabletop Game Renaissance. It has been going on quietly for a few years, but 2015 exploded with so many amazing games. Many of these games came from smaller game companies, and they are giving Hasbro and Parker Brothers a run for their money. It's an exciting time, and I can't wait to share some of these games that I love with you! Tune in for my next post, which is a review of the game Chrononauts from Looney Labs!