My husband and I recently made a video in anticipation for International Table Top Day and when we stopped to really think about it, it was astounding how long we have been in the hobby and how it has truly changed our lives. So what we'd like to know from you is:
- How long have you been gaming? - How did you find out about the hobby? - What was your first purchase from your Friendly Local Gaming Store? - What was your first International Table Top Day like?
8 years together. - How did you find out about the hobby?
We looked for places to buy board games and found some hobby stores with really cool games we had never seen before so of course we played a lot of Arkham Horror & Agricola in the beginning.
- What was your first purchase from your Friendly Local Gaming Store?
Arkham Horror funnily enough. - What was your first International Table Top Day like? Very overwhelming but still a lot of fun. Our FLGS did a bunch of swag bags with cool promos (this is how I learned about promos) It was great to see all the people come out for it, I just wished more people like that would show up regularly to our board game night.
My favorite 18xx game for six players is two games of 1846 with three players each.
I've been gaming since 1964, when the neighbors bought this from a local department store. Once they opened the box, they realized it wasn't for them and gave it to me, the neighbor kid who was always reading books.
My first FLGS buy was certainly another Avalon Hill game from the Jenkintown Hobby Shop in Jenkintown PA, but I'm not sure which one.
And I haven't consciously taken part in an International Table Top Day.
I started playing games other that Trouble, Monopoly and thngs of that nature when I received Tank Battle for Christmas followed by Carrier strike for my birthday in 74 or 75. A classmate of mine introduced me to War at Sea in 75/76. He gave me the Avalon Hill catalog and I looked at every game multiple times and had things underlined and highlighted. My parents got a hold of it and on Christmas day 1976, 1776 showed up. Being 12 at the time, it was a challenge to learn it but I made my way through the rules and found a fun, rewarding game.
My younger brother hooked on to the hobby a couple of years latter and became my Jutland opponent. My mom did not enjoy the living room turning into the Atlantic but she tolerated it.
Gaming has always been a intricate part of my life and I have passed it on to my kids! It teaches a lot of things. You can let your imagination run wild and not have to worry about every day life. You can learn a bit of history or try to recreate it. you learn humility by leaning how to lose and most of the time have fun doing it and for the social aspect of it all.