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A guy, three girls, a few friends and a shelf full of games

Random thoughts on board gaming with my family and friends. I'm a recent convert to the board gaming community, and I am trying to introduce my wife, daughters and friends to some great games to get them over to board gaming as well.
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A Mother's Day weekend with little gaming

Brandon Kempf
United States
Jefferson City
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I hope all the mothers out there had a fabulous Mother's Day weekend!

The only thing that got brought to the table this weekend was Tsuro. We played about 5 games of it at different times throughout the weekend and every time we played it, we had a good time. Well, those of us who would play.

We went to my Mom's house for lunch with my family to celebrate Mother's Day. We are all sitting around the table, eating snacks and chit chatting when my daughter asks if we can play a game, I tell her sure, break out whatever you want and we'll get a couple more people to play. So she grabs her game and sits it on the table and people scatter like roaches when the lights turn on, I mean, I haven't seen my brothers move that fast in years.

What is it about people that causes them to fear a board game? Two lawyers and a college level english teacher in the family and the minute a board game gets brought out they suddenly feel too overwhelmed to learn anything new. I know why my mom won't, she said she would play "that train game with the map"(Ticket to Ride) if we brought it over next time. But my brother's apprehensions towards playing games really confuses me.

We still played, my wife, my daughter and my sister and had a good time, but I just kind of sat there wondering why no one else would give it a try. Do we stop trying to involve them and just play games on our own and hope they gravitate towards it? It's not like we are breaking out Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) or anything.

I don't know, it just confuses me sometimes.
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