I enjoy all sorts of video games but I am also a great lover of boardgames, I grew up with such joys as 'Game of Life', Monopoly and Upwords. Now as an ever-increasing adult my love of boardgames grows greater and greater and of late I've been playing quite a number of different games, so I thought I would write some bits and pieces about some of those games and my thoughts about them...
Boardgames are a fantastic way of learning about rules because nobody else interprets them for you; they have to be read and understood by the players, as opposed to the computer doing all the calculations for you and not letting you do the things you can't do.
There's a particularly good games shop in Reading that will sell you games you want called Eclectic and can also advise on other games and new things to try, or of course well known online retailers can help you out. I have also used Spirit Games and Infinity Games online for good service on mail orders.
Why is this called Punchboard Joy? Well, anyone who plays any Fantasy Flight games (as well as a number of other brands) will know that they usually come with a piece of card which you push out tokens from. These are called Punchboards. I take a certain pleasure in pushing all the tokens out and then finding ways to store all the bits in a user friendly way. I realise that this really is incredibly high up the OCD-sounding scale, but I like to tell myself that it's ok - I don't mind if they get a bit mixed up during play and mostly I only do it to make the actual gameplay easier. I don't know if that's true but I like to think it is...
Rather than make this a horrifically long post as I waffle about each one this will be a sort of index, which also means I can update it later as I play more games. So, here's the list, each one will link to a new page on my blog (linked to as they're completed):
X Wing Miniatures
Zombicide (Season 1)
Gears of War
Chaos in the Old World