I think there are two ways to view Valentine’s Day. Either it is a crass excuse by the greeting card companies and florists to sell stuff which should be treated with disdain or it is a crass excuse by the greeting card companies and florists to sell stuff which is still an excuse to be romantic. (In case you are curious, I give confectioners a free pass since chocolate is one of the five most wonderful things in the world)
As you might guess, I fall under the latter category. I also cry during the sad parts of movies, which is why my fiancée refuses to watch Steel Magnolias with me.
But, you say, this is a gaming blog, Lowell. How are you planning on tying in your love of board games and gaming with Valentine’s Day? Is this going to break down to commentary about Relationship Tightrope or Martinis & Men?
Well, to be honest, this is kind of a stretch. While it is true that the person who I play the most games with is also the person who I am going to marry (My fiancée! Not the cat! Honestly, people!) and board games featured heavily in our courtship. So, obviously, there is a connection between board games and romance in my world. (However, the fact that some of my tables feature the kind of people that PTA used to represent the evils of D&D back in the 80s means that board games do NOT automatically equal romance!)
But that said, romance is not exactly a common theme in board games. More than that, when it is used, it is rarely more than a paper-thin justification for mechanics. And, no, Genji doesn’t count. Going to other people’s houses and seducing their wives is kind of the opposite of my idea of how romance should work
In the end, after a candle lit dinner, we’ll probably just try to bash each other’s brains in at Ascension or demolish each other at Qwirkle. Sorry, Hallmark. You probably don’t have a card for that but we don’t need one