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I am just back from teaching on a language course, and was struck by the fact that boardgames have become an integral part of socialising. In the bar, everyone had brought some games, and they were in a pile in the corner. People came together once the lessons had finished, even during coffee breaks, to play games. Now this was a Breton / Welsh course, so the games inevitably had a Celtic theme. There are even two Breton language boardgames which were played constantly, and the games designer was actually there.

The world has changed, hardly any mobile phones in sight, it seems that everyone craves positive social contact, and somewhere between the language lessons, and the dancing that went on into the early hours of the morning, every morning, there were boardgames !

I like that. There is always hope in the world.
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I am on a trip with my family and was just yesterday sitting on a rooftop, in chair, reading a book, when I noticed the couple sitting at the next group of chairs were rolling some dice.
The guy said "So that's a sheep, a coal, and a grain" or something like that.
I butted in, "Is that some kind of portable Catan you've got over there?"
"That's exactly what it is," the lady said.
"Very cool." I said, and went back to my book.
Then I thought, "gaming is everywhere." Now I find a thread expressing the same thought. Well done, may-prigent.

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I went to an outdoor movie last week, and before the movie started, the party to my right was playing backgammon, and the party of teenagers ahead of me was playing Yahtzee, using a Catan or Splendor box top to catch the dice.
Those are "mainstream" games, but hey, I'll take that sighting in the wild. I used to play backgammon a lot, I still like it occasionally.
I keep a spare copy of Martian Dice in the car, never know when it'll come in handy (restaurants, waiting out a heavy rainstorm).
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Even on the seas! While those are generic games in the photo, the geeklist items are those of the modern flavor

http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/62330/royal-caribbean-voya...

Many conventions now have tabletop gaming. It's really not that hard to set up. Many meet ups for board gaming in general can also occur in libraries, bars, restaurants, office settings, etc. That said, I will prioritize my time and attention.

If I'm on vacation, I wouldn't mind connecting with board gamers, but I am there to enjoy the place too. Likewise, I've been to video gaming, anime, and comic conventions where they definitely have bg-ing, but panels and video games (harder to do since you need the hardware and space for them)
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I was here to see the Moon landing in 1969, and may live long enough to see a Mars landing. And in between there was board gaming! Does life get any better than that?
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Even on the seas! While those are generic games in the photo, the geeklist items are those of the modern flavor

http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/62330/royal-caribbean-voya...

Many conventions now have tabletop gaming. It's really not that hard to set up. Many meet ups for board gaming in general can also occur in libraries, bars, restaurants, office settings, etc. That said, I will prioritize my time and attention.

If I'm on vacation, I wouldn't mind connecting with board gamers, but I am there to enjoy the place too. Likewise, I've been to video gaming, anime, and comic conventions where they definitely have bg-ing, but panels and video games (harder to do since you need the hardware and space for them)


Me too. I know there are boardgame cruises, for example, but when I'm on a cruise, I'm going to do cruise stuff for the most part. And conventions - if I go to a boardgame convention, I'm playing the heck out of some games, but I didn't touch the gaming areas either of the times I went to DragonCon - there was so much other stuff I was interested in, that I couldn't get elsewhere.

A local meetup had game nights at a restaurant nearby, that was always fun. I have done gaming at the mall food court before and had some turnout and some curious passersby.
 
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I have terrible sea sickness, highly ironic really, as I need to take a ferry from my adopted country to my native Wales. The idea of gaming on a boat fills me with dread. But then, doing anything apart from lying down in a darkened cabin fills me with dread !

I sometimes walk down to the beach, which is a minute away from the house, to play games like love letter etc. Sand isn't good for games, though.

Evy hospital here in Brittany has an association which comes in to the children's ward to play games just before the kids go to sleep. I truly wish the same would be done for adults. I have been told also. about the advantages of boardgames for certain Alzheimer sufferers. Wonderful stuff.
 
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The world has changed, hardly any mobile phones in sight


This is a positive change in itself
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I'm off to a British geek media con next week (Kitacon for those that care!), and it always amuses me how as a supplement to their videogames room, they also have a traditional games room.

And by "traditional" they mean Love Letter, Betrayal at House on the Hill, and The Resistance
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Re: gaming is everywhere


This isn't entirely accurate. I'm fairly certain there is currently no gaming on Pluto.
 
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This isn't entirely accurate. I'm fairly certain there is currently no gaming on Pluto.
This is only because the new edition of High Frontier isn't out yet, though. Give it a couple months.
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How to make space exploration boring.
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Plaid_Dragon wrote:
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This isn't entirely accurate. I'm fairly certain there is currently no gaming on Pluto.


They have Cthulhu on Pluto
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CPAG wrote:
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This isn't entirely accurate. I'm fairly certain there is currently no gaming on Pluto.


They have Cthulhu on Pluto


And Cthulhu has massive AP. Cthulhu is not dreaming, just considering the next move on the cosmic boardgame.
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Scottgun wrote:
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How to make space exploration boring.

Disliking chess seems like a flimsy foundation for elitism. Millions of people over a period of centuries have found it anything but boring.

Looking at the games you've rated as 10s, I see that you and I both like 1775, but I bet somebody 100 years from now seeing a picture of it will have no idea what game it is, while the picture of the astronaut playing chess will remain instantly recognizable.
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MARCUSRPG wrote:
I was here to see the Moon landing in 1969, and may live long enough to see a Mars landing. And in between there was board gaming! Does life get any better than that?

I remember being a very excited schoolboy when I heard the news about the first Sputnik launch in 1957.

(Not claiming 'better than that'; just sharing my own cool memory. The downside is the odds of my seeing that Mars landing are probably lower than yours.)
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I was here to see the Moon landing in 1969, and may live long enough to see a Mars landing. And in between there was board gaming! Does life get any better than that?



Nope.

I too hope to see a Mars landing. My only sadness is that interstellar flight is still a pipe dream.
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Woah. hat happened to my thread while I had my back turned ? shake
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I was at a football (soccer) match the other day, and one of the crowd near me said "you know what, I'm fed up with football - let's play Agricola". I expected, at best, extreme violence to ensue, but his friend said "that's a great idea! I think football is played out, to be honest".

The news hurried through the crowd in an excited whisper, and one by one, the audience nodded in assent. I happened to have several hundred copies of Agricola in my pockets, so I was able to hand them out. Soon, the whole stadium was full of excited Euro-gaming.

When they ran out onto the field, the football teams saw what was going on, looks of relief passed over their faces, and they shrugged and joined in with the board game madness. Luckily for them, I had a few more copies of the game left, so they weren't left out.

When I drove past the stadium yesterday, I saw workmen putting up a sign saying "Board Games Stadium: no Football allowed", so I guess it's official.

Sometimes, gaming happens in the most unexpected places.
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Sphere wrote:
Scottgun wrote:
shumyum wrote:


How to make space exploration boring.

Disliking chess seems like a flimsy foundation for elitism. Millions of people over a period of centuries have found it anything but boring.

Looking at the games you've rated as 10s, I see that you and I both like 1775, but I bet somebody 100 years from now seeing a picture of it will have no idea what game it is, while the picture of the astronaut playing chess will remain instantly recognizable.


Dismissing chess as boring is not not elitist, it's just ignorance and/or trolling. I would say liking chess is more likely to be elitist, and I am happy to be amongst the elite.

In any case, in any activity (like space exploration) where you get Russians you will get chess.

Black is in big trouble, by the way, even more so if it is white's move - with a bishop and the h-pawn en prise (the latter with check).
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Woah. hat happened to my thread while I had my back turned ? shake


Your thread?

Now that's what I call elitist.
 
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I was at a football (soccer) match the other day, and one of the crowd near me said "you know what, I'm fed up with football - let's play Agricola". I expected, at best, extreme violence to ensue, but his friend said "that's a great idea! I think football is played out, to be honest".

The news hurried through the crowd in an excited whisper, and one by one, the audience nodded in assent. I happened to have several hundred copies of Agricola in my pockets, so I was able to hand them out. Soon, the whole stadium was full of excited Euro-gaming.

When they ran out onto the field, the football teams saw what was going on, looks of relief passed over their faces, and they shrugged and joined in with the board game madness. Luckily for them, I had a few more copies of the game left, so they weren't left out.

When I drove past the stadium yesterday, I saw workmen putting up a sign saying "Board Games Stadium: no Football allowed", so I guess it's official.

And then I woke up.
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