Will you take up the D12 Challenge?
During a recent #BoardGameHour we talked about making gaming resolutions. Inspired by the awesome 10x10 challenge, the idea of the #D12Challenge was born.
Your challenge is to help 12 new people DISCOVER the modern tabletop gaming hobby in 12 months.
Together we will wipe out the question "what like monopoly?"
Together we will help publishers create more games
Together we will play more games
Together we will take over the world!
Please use this list to sign up to the challenge & keep a record of how you are getting on. If you like the idea feel free to spread the word, use the hashtag #D12challenge and most of all enjoy introducing more people to our wonderful hobby!
It will be great to read about your progress and see how you are getting on. Here is a suggestion for a record keeping system:
(Don't know) = Need to find someone who might be interested
(Definite possibility) = I have someone in mind and am working on it
(Disciple) = I have helped someone Discover a love of board games. They request to play my games and may well buy their own!
With 15 people signed up, if we all succeed, the #D12Challenge will introduce 180 people into our wonderful hobby! That's quite a lot..
please feel free to use any logo etc that I have made :0)
I have submitted a microbadge to if you want to help that along: http://boardgamegeek.com/article/17990397#17990397
J. H. Horatio
The Future is a Game
Let's do this
1: "T" Introduced Splendor to my sister and her boyfriend right around New Years Day. She took to it instantly and we played, at her request, 3 times in a row. She won the first two games (3-player) and was feeling good - then lost the next game to me (4-player, our bro-in-law joined us). She began to puzzle the how and the why. At that moment I knew she was hooked, at least to Splendor anyway. When I found out she went and bought the game I had to smile - then she texted me a picture of her and her boyfriend playing (she won again). This is how this hobby begins - you have that one game that sticks in your craw and you just always want to play it, then over time you start to want more.
2: "D" A friend of mine from highschool saw a picture I posted of a gameboard on FB (I believe it was Concordia). He thought it was cool and asked about it - fast forward to today and he asks if I want to join him at our FLGS (that he independently found on his own) for Wednesday game night. Heck yes! We'll see how that goes but for now this is a tentative "hobby acquired." - Update - So we ended up playing Lost Cities, Morels, and a 2 player game of Pandemic. We played on easy (4 epidemics) but it was a very interesting game with lots of twists and drama - he totally loved it and ended up buying a copy.
3: "J" - a friend of mine from way back came by my house a few weekends ago to play some games - we played Ticket to Ride and she loved it. She has almost no gaming experience at all so it was "just" on the edge of too complex for her. But over the course of the game, she became more and more comfortable with it and by the end, she was blocking my routes! Grrr!!! We had a total blast and she wants to play again - I think I'll try a larger group next time and play Ca$h 'n Guns (Second Edition)!
4: "M" - friend from college direct messaged me on FB asking about all the games I was posting pictures of. (By the way, can I just say it's amazing how many people surreptitiously message me on the side about games, as if they don't want people to know they are interested) Anyway, I wrote her a long email about all the games that were out there and game stores she should visit. I'll let you know if any gaming comes from that! Update - she ended up buying The Magic Labyrinth, My First Carcassonne, and Love Letter in a spree of buying afterwards! Looks like her whole family might end up gamers after all!
5: "D" - next project involves bringing over a non-gamer and his oldest son and running a session of Star Wars: Imperial Assault. Huge Star Wars fan and also plays "Clash of Clans" so I think this is fertile ground. Scheduled for this Saturday so we will see how things go.
I am committed to the D12 challenge. I will keep track of the folks I introduce to the hobby, the games we played, and a short story about our gaming sessions.
I recently moved to Massachusetts and met a couple around my age, C and E, through a church. They invited me and my girlfriend over for dinner with some other friends and said they were going to play some games - quelf, space team, catch phrase, other 'party games.' I decided to bring over The Resistance and was pretty sure I could get the group to play the game - simple rules, lots of social interactions. C and E absolutely loved it and went to purchase a copy the next week AND bought a copy for C's parents.
A week ago, we had a game night and they both were really into Ticket to Ride and very interested in playing Forbidden Island, Hanabi, Settlers of Catan, and Smash Up. I think their love for board games has begun to snowball as they have talked about getting more games. C even made a visit to a FLGS I recommended.
My Mother. I introduced designer games to her this year and taught her Ticket to Ride, Forbidden Island, and yes... Dice Masters. She picked it all up fast and said she always loved games but didn't know about modern board gaming. Months later, she started playing some games with her friends (Dixit) and acquired Pandemic!
My sister and her boyfriend. I got them Red7 and Coup for a birthday. They were not too into the bluffing of Coup but they absolutely loved Red7. They are always up for casual games now!
S and D are a part of the local Whist Club. They came to our game night once when Whist was cancelled. We taught them Ticket to Ride and Bang! The Dice Game. They have been coming back ever since...
T & T cousins at our local church. We invited them to join our weekly game nights as they were getting older (17 and 18). They instantly were taken by designer games and have a few favorites: Smash Up, Small World, Fairy Tale, King of Tokyo, and Tokaido.
More updates to come...