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Chris Graves
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I've had two recent experiences where I introduced standard board game/card game players to some of my games, and they were very enthusiastic to say the least. A couple of them mentioned how they couldn't wait to play "X" again and were considering buying the games for themselves.

The first scenario was at a camping trip, and I introduced the group to Settlers of Catan (pretty standard trick). They play a lot of Canasta and Scrabble. At first, they made fun of the phrase "resource management" and the idea of trading sheep, wheat, etc., but by the time we finished, they LOVED the game.

The second scenario was this last weekend with some old co-workers. They posted on FB about having a game night and playing Risk. I asked them if they'd like to come over and try one of my games, which we did. I showed them Betrayal at House on the Hill. Again, it was so well received and all of them asked if we could have another game night soon...we will be playing this coming Saturday as a result.

I REALLY enjoyed turning people on to these kinds of games, and I hope to do more of it. How do you feel about converting people? Is it something you enjoy? Have you been very successful? What kinds of games do you introduce to new people? Just curious...
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If you are married you have the duty to spawn new board gamers.
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If you mean my kids, you bet.

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Hahaha!

Chris (spawned in quotation marks so hopefully nobody thinks I mean procreation)

P.S. That said, i think we all enjoy the act of spawning...
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I really do enjoy bringing new people into the fold. Now I know that probably sounds selfish of me but my problem is that I feel the need to introduce them to many of the gateway games first. I already play lots of those gateways at home already so I want to play the heavier games come game night. Hopefully I can eventually wean them onto heavier games, which are my preference. Yet until/if that happens I feel a responsibility to play those gateway games with them in order to grow their interest. Sometimes I have to just tell others to count me out of games I'd much rather be playing.
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My brother created a gaming enthusiast out of me several years ago, and I've converted a few of my friends since then.

On the topic of spawning, I'm expecting my first board gamer 2.0 in April of 2017. ^___^
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I'm not interested in spawning them in either sense of the word.
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jcarvin wrote:
I really do enjoy bringing new people into the fold. Now I know that probably sounds selfish of me but my problem is that I feel the need to introduce them to many of the gateway games first. I already play lots of those gateways at home already so I want to play the heavier games come game night. Hopefully I can eventually wean them onto heavier games, which are my preference. Yet until/if that happens I feel a responsibility to play those gateway games with them in order to grow their interest. Sometimes I have to just tell others to count me out of games I'd much rather be playing.


Heard. That recent group I played Betrayal@HotH kind of wanted to play Scythe, but I felt it was important to play simpler games and work them into a heavier game as they start discovering/learning different kinds of mechanics. I think you can really turn people the other way if you dump something overwhelming on them before they are ready.
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If you mean my kids, you bet.

Pete (has trained them up proper)


I can't wait until mine gets a bit older and we can have that third player running amok.
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I basically make it one of my life goal!

I've "infected" my co-workers with this bug; being so successful has having an older lady go out by herself to a gaming store and buying her own copy of Splendor AND tracking down the official play mat for it (that I have not been able to find myself)!

I have also started a gaming group with my father in law and we went trough Takenoko, Tickets to Ride, Splendor, Rhino Hero, Catacombs, New York 1901 and we are now working through Pandemic Legacy.
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It always makes me super happy when my friends (who, with one exception, aren't really gamers themselves) like playing one of my games, because that means I get to play more games with people I like and enjoy spending time with.
And I have lately had several good experiences in that regard. However I don't think I've ever gotten anybody into the hobby in the sense that they started buying games for themselves. Though I have once inspired a friend to buy Mysterium for her mother, because she liked it so much and thought her mother would as well.
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Legomancer wrote:
I'm not interested in spawning them in either sense of the word.

You're missing out in both senses of the word.
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JRietveld wrote:
Legomancer wrote:
I'm not interested in spawning them in either sense of the word.

You're missing out in both senses of the word.


I'm doing fine, thanks.
 
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Vryllyn wrote:
plezercruz wrote:
If you mean my kids, you bet.

Pete (has trained them up proper)


I can't wait until mine gets a bit older and we can have that third player running amok.
One of the best thing about them is that they totally buy in to the game's story!

Pete (loves playing thematic games with the kids)
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I'm cool with spawning; it's the swimming past the bears and over the dams that wears me out.
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Sphere wrote:
I'm cool with spawning; it's the swimming past the bears and over the dams that wears me out.

How about your flesh rotting on the riverbank?
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JRietveld wrote:
How about your flesh rotting on the riverbank?
I'm requoting this just to remove the context.
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Thunkd wrote:
How about your flesh rotting on the riverbank?

I'm requoting this just to make it seem like Brian said it.
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JRietveld wrote:
Thunkd wrote:
How about your flesh rotting on the riverbank?

I'm requoting this just to make it seem like Bryan said it.
I'm requoting this to spell my name correctly.
 
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voodoochyl wrote:
The first scenario was at a camping trip, and I introduced the group to Settlers of Catan (pretty standard trick). They play a lot of Canasta and Scrabble. At first, they made fun of the phrase "resource management" and the idea of trading sheep, wheat, etc., but by the time we finished, they LOVED the game.


Cool! Glad you had fun!

When I'm talking about games to people who aren't board gamers, I usually don't talk about mechanics -- so though I might think about Paperback as a deckbuilder that incentivizes skipped choices like in Puerto Rico, for newer people, I just say "It's kinda like Scrabble but with cards." Similarly, I'd say Catan is a game about building little cities and making good trades.

Unless it's Codenames... then I say "uh, you're sorta spies, I guess, but it's really just a team-based word guessing game with a fun twist."
 
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