What would you demonstrate on a talk show?
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I've been asked to be a on local news talk show for a 10-15 minute segment about boardgames. I was interviewed in the local paper talking about these games and the producers of this show would like me for a similarly-themed segment. Their viewership is mixed, but many elderly folks.

So, what games should I demonstrate? I would imagine I will set up 5-6 games, and talk about 2-3 of them. I thought I would have different genres of games (light & fluffy, light strategy, dexterity, party) for the segment.
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It looks attractive and is simple enough to understand. I can compare it to rummy.
 
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I can have this one set up next to Blokus and just mention it in passing
 
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This one has local interest (as the show is in Syracuse which is 2.5 hours from Niagara Falls), and is another pretty game. I see it as a transition from the "pretty" games to the more strategic ones. I am on the fence about showing it. Thoughts?
 
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This game is also easy to explain (at least the "placing" part), which is all I'll have time for.
 
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I certainly want to introduce this game, although won't spend much time on it. I want people to have at least heard of it.
 
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Yes, yes, I know. But for the audience, it's a good party game to show.
 
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If you want something eyecatching, try Heroscape. Get the kids hooked.



Oh, you said it was an older audience. Oh, well.
 
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Well... high quality production, VERY easy to explain (I explain the game for play purposes in under 5 minutes, and for a TV show, I'm sure you can do it in 90 seconds or so), and very approachable to the newbie - in fact it has become my choice for a gateway game (replacing Settlers of Catan).

Interestingly, everybody I teach it to finds many similarities to Monopoly, making the game very easy to wrap their mind around.

Just an idea.
 
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I don't yet have a bidding game on the list, and this one can be explained in one sentence in passing.
 
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This one seemed good to bring to be able to mention that there are many games designed for just 2 players.
 
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Given the topic and the tie in to Motley Fool, this would be a good one to mention as a Stock market game.
 
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Excellent Non-combat game - very visual, and very themed. Nice pieces, and good play, clear, simple rules.

Good introductory game. Computer version, as well, available, so it gets that crossover crowd.
 
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If you can lay your hands on this, I think this woudl appeal to many. American Themed, beautiful components (you could ask for a close-up of the pieces). Easy concept to explain - race and pick-up 2 passengers.
 
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If you want to presnt an abstract and can get ahold of a copy of Zertz, this owuld be a good choice.
 
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