In order to challenge my niece (15 y.o) who seems to have it in her head she can not do math we regularly play games that require simple arithmetic. I tutor her in algebra and fully recognize, she gets it, she just lacks a bit of confidence.
This last weekend while celebrating another niece’s first birthday five of us sat down to play 7 Wonders. One of the participants was my 15 y.o. niece’s friend. She kept saying, she only likes Apples to Apples while looking through our mound of games. Anyone who has ever played a game of Apples to Apples with an age gap between participants in the 20+ range knows it’s not that fun. We urged her to give 7 Wonders a try, the game plays fast, if she didn’t like it we could try something else.
Somewhere around the middle of the 2nd age our new participant exclaims, I get it. We see her board go from a lot of 0 point cards and few resources to what looked like a jumbled mess of points… until we tallied the scores. Jumbled was either the fantastic pairing of the best options available or a clever amalgamation of cards.
40 (me) - 40 (sis) - 48 (niece) - 68 (mom) - 71 (friend)… She gets it. If it weren’t a school night and already 8:30 pm we would have played another round.
I was browsing profiles on OKCupid and came across a profile for a board gamer who mentioned Catan. I sent a message on a whim asking simply “Star Trek Settlers of Catan: Brilliant idea or WTF?” A year and 1/2 later Catan guy and I are still together.
Board Games bring people together in many different ways!