I've found a review websites that have been fun to watch and I've learned a lot, but I'd like to learn more basic information pertaining to boardgames that aren't necessarily explained in reviews- for instance, explaining what a deckbuilding game is versus abstract versus cooperative.
Are there any blogs or websites where this kind of information is explained? Or maybe has some good intro or welcome to the hobby type of videos?
When I got started, I just wandered around on here (usually starting from the homepage or newsletter) reading and participating in different topics that sounded interesting. Every time I come across a term I don't know, I look it up in the BGG Glossary or ask if it isn't there.
I have already watched a ton of Dice Tower and love it!! BUT...mostly through YouTube and very little through their website. On my computer the New To Gaming? is a little red banner over their logo and quite frankly I completely overlooked it- I kept looking everywhere else for a New to Gaming link.
That's about what I've been doing...and honestly I've been having a fun time with it. But questions kept popping up and I finally decided maybe there is a good video that summarizes several terms for me- all in one place.
This used to be the best site for board gamers. Now you'd be better off just going to a gaming store and meeting gamers that way.
How so? I'm not exactly new to the hobby, but new to participating in the community here. It's been extremely helpful any time I've had a question about a game or mechanic as well as great for finding new games that fit a certain set of tastes.
At any rate, by your argument this is still the best site for board gaming, even if going to a FLGS(friendly local game store. that one had me stumped for a while until I looked it up here) is a better way to meet people. The OP wasn't asking about meeting people, but learning more about the hobby's vernacular.
EDIT: I'm sorry, I'm being rude. Welcome to the hobby and this site, lauren! I'm with you...I like learning about board gaming almost as much as I like playing them .
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A few years ago I was in the same spot you are now. I was mostly a video gamer and I was (and still am) getting tired of video gaming. It was the digital version of Catan and a friend teaching me how to play Puerto Rico that really got me into this hobby.
Other than this site, my big jump off for games was [geekurl=http://geekandsundry.com/shows/tabletop/]Tabletop[/geekurl] with Will Wheaton on Geek and Sundry. (It's a youtube channel). I know most will probably say that it wasn't the best spot, but I can say that watching them play Small World, got me to make the plunge to buy the game a delve deeper into the hobby. Heck, I introduced it to my wife, and now we own EVERYTHING Small World has put out.
The Dice Tower is also another place I got a lot of my information from. Their new board gamer banner is an awesome spot to start off as well. Someone already mentioned it and you saw it, so I don't need to go into more detail there.
Welcome to the hobby, and feel free to ask any questions.