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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Our First Board Gaming Night

Brandon Kempf
United States
Jefferson City
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A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition)

Myself and my family have been having regular Friday night game nights for a couple months now, but this Saturday my wife and I hosted our first game night that involved a table full of "adults".

We started preparations about 2 weeks ago when I sent out the invite to the respective houses, along with the invite I did send along the pdf of the rules and the 36 minute primer video that I had found helpful when deciding getting and ultimately playing this game. The video was met with some resistance, but everyone followed through and we had a general overview of the game before we started at 7:00 pm on Saturday night. Eight hours later, that video was just a distant memory.

We will start by saying, none of us have played this game before and being relatively new to board gaming, it was my first time trying to lead/instruct a group that consisted of someone other than my daughter or wife. Many rules were discussed, and then discussed again and then discussed a few more times while playing. We hammered through a 10 round game with none of us getting over 5 castles until the end when House Stark broke through for the 6th castle and the win. Seems we all abandoned the middle in our pursuit of the rich lands to the south and the north. Our ships were underutilized and I think we all realized that as we stared blankly at the board at 3 am, discussing what had just happened and trying to figure out when we could do it again.

Many adult beverages were consumed, much food was eaten and a good time was had by all, even though we got frustrated every now and then with the way the rules were worded and how the rule book was put together. But with all of us working to figure out our problems, the discussions never really took that long.

I'm jumping right back into the fire on Friday and hosting a night of Super Dungeon Explore for a group of friends that have a pretty decent background in pen and paper RPG's, of which I have none. We'll see where that goes.
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