My gateway was War on Terror: The Board Game
, a gift from my brother to my father that made its way to me.
I had a weekly rotating dinner-and-board-game group that evolved, several years ago, out of playing board games while waiting for Lost
to start. Membership has changed so much that my wife and I (who also, of course, form a mini-game-group on other nights of the week) are th'only constant members. At the moment, my son is in the age between being a lump who will sleep thru any game and playing his first board game, so the gaming group is on indefinite hiatus. We do, very occasionally, still get to play.
I really enjoy playing with board game components, particularly Carcassonne
and Ticket to Ride
. When I went to Madagascar for eight months to do field research for my dissertation, I brought the contents of the Carcassonne Big Box 3
, which was great as a two-player game, an art supply, and a method of cultural interaction.