As I think I mentioned, we had a board games part Memorial Day weekend. (Actually a weekend-long board-game marathon.) When I talk to someone about our board game parties, I often get a puzzled look and the question, 'like Monopoly or Scrabble?'. Well- I'm not one to dis Scrabble, which I love, but there are a lot of other great games out there. Settlers of Cataan and Carcassonne (the basic version) are great games for families, and people new to board gaming.
There are a bunch of strategy games in the 90 minute plus-or-minus range, with varying degrees of complexity. You can farm in the 1600s in Agricola, colonize Puerto Rico, build the German postal service in Thurn and Taxis, or try to dominate the electric market in Power Grid. But when my parents stopped by to say hello last weekend, this was what was on the table:
It's a game called Eclipse, wherein you explore strange new worlds, plant colonies and have space battles. Explore star systems, research technologies, outfit your space fleet, fight aliens (not to mention the other players) and try to dominate the galaxy. And if you're me, knit a sock while waiting for the other players to decide on their strategy. Kind of hard core.
The look on my parents' face was a bit non-plussed- I think there's a difference between hearing about our penchant for 'board games' and seeing for yourself the depths of your child's geekitude.
(Thanks to our friend Bill for the game photo. If you're curious, I was soundly drubbed in this game, after our friend Vi cruelly and maliciously blew up my whole space fleet *and* my starbases, nuked my colonies and then stole my planets for her own star empire. Not that I'm bitter. :) But I got my revenge later in a different game.)