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Games For A Family Christmas

I am a huge believer and advocate for the fact that there is a game for everybody. We live in a golden age of boardgames and don’t believe anybody who tells you otherwise. I am entirely confident that if presented by an open-minded individual who claims not to like boardgames I could change their mind by introducing them to some of the games currently available. However, hitting a non-gamer with the entirety of what has entered the hobby gaming scene in the last couple of decades is borderline cruel, so how best to introduce them to the wonder of our hobby? Well, there are a few ways, the one I’m going to suggest here is to use an ‘if you like x you might like y’ approach, focussing on aspects of the game. So next time you’re at a family Christmas, rather than grimly accepting whatever gets pulled out, why not ask why its being pulled out, and offer an alternative?

If they like Monopoly:

First off, there’s nothing wrong with liking Monopoly, there just isn’t. The game has flaws, but that doesn’t make people who like it wrong or worthy of disdain. There are some thing that Monopoly does quite well, and a few elements that are well worth doing.

Do you like its set collection aspect?

Collecting a set of cards and putting them into use is satisfying, if people like doing it once or twice over a game’s length they’ll probably like doing it twenty or thirty times, suggest:

Ticket to Ride

Do you like its bargaining aspect?

The heart of a good game of Monopoly (and yes, such a thing does exist) centres on its bargaining, the way in which the final property of a Monopoly assumes a value far beyond its marked price, and even more so dependent on the position of other players. Unfortunately the