I think I might have gone a little overboard on the board games lately. What started as a passing interest is quickly becoming a full on hobby. Keen and I received Mice And Mystics + Expansion for Christmas and I acquired the Mage Knight Board Game + Expansions. Since then I’ve gone on to pick up the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game + Character and Adventure Packs and just recently ordered Eldritch Horror and Robinson Crusoe: Adventure on the Cursed Island. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) I don’t really plan on stopping there.
I think over the years I’ve started to slowly lose interest in video games. I don’t know why but they just don’t do it for me anymore. It seems that the more graphically impressive things get the more the gameplay suffers. You can totally see it when you start looking backward through games and notice how everything ends up getting “streamlined” or straight up removed if they can’t be bothered to implement it. I’ve been raving about this correlation between visuals and complex gameplay to Keen for years. I haven’t completely lost my mind yet. You’ll know when that happens.
This is probably why I really like board games and (the idea of) tabletop RPGs (Since I can’t play any by myself). You can do so much more and get so much more out of them. You just need to be imaginative. I do still enjoy video/computer games from time to time, like with The Banner Saga recently, but it seems the more interesting and unique ones are few and far between.
Though my current board game acquisition phase is going to slow while I dig in and play, I still plan to pick up:
- Arkham Horror and it’s bajillion (more like 8) expansions. Maybe one day if I win the lottery.
- Caverna: The Cave Farmers because the idea of farming and mining as a family of dwarves seems strangling compelling. Too bad it seems to be in dire need of a reprint before I can find a decent priced copy.
- Space Hulk, which seems like it might get a new edition within the next 12 years.
- The Witcher Adventure Game was recently announced and looks pretty awesome.
And that’s just the stuff I could think of off the top of my head. I’m sure if I made an actual wishlist it would go on. For now I’m going to enjoy what I have before I overextend. I also might have to formally institute a set weekly game night/day and make Keen show up. Maybe we could podcast it or something. That sounds fun, actually. Miles away I can already hear Keen mutter, “Fun for who…?”