I hate board games!
I hate board games. I am serious. It’s a constant flow of disasters. I see new amazing cover art and I am immediately sold on the game. I know nothing about the gameplay, I did not read the rulebook, but man, I know it’s gonna be great.
Hey, don’t give me that look. Want to talk about your reaction after you saw Scythe cover?
The publisher hires an artist to paint the best art piece possible. It has one purpose – attract. This cover art has nothing to do with the game. This artist never played the game, read the rulebook, met designer. Most likely, he doesn’t even play board games. He is a hired gun. I know all of this. And yet, when I see a new box art immediately all these small meeples start to run all over the place – by the place I mean my head – screaming „OMG, this game is awesome, I want it!!!!”
Stop it, I yell at them. This cover art has no connection to the rules and gameplay. It’s an art piece. Stop it!
„But we want it!” they keep running and my head hurts. „It’s awesome. This game will be awesome. The box says it all!!!!”
So I buy the game.
Of course, I am the only person on Earth who misses the pre-order specials. My Instagram feed has it all. Every gamer on the planet shows all the bits my copy of the game misses. This cover is not that awesome after all, and my bits suck. I haven’t played the game yet, but I already know that without these additional seventy-two scenarios it’s useless. I hate this game. Why did I buy it?!
I delete my Instagram account to stop seeing all these awesome promos I missed. It doesn’t help. People post pics of metal coins on Facebook. I delete my Facebook account, but then I got an email from a friend of mine, he just got his copy signed by the designer. I turn off the Internet and sell my computer.
Brilliant. Now I cannot write articles anymore.
I buy a new computer.
I should buy a poster with the cover art. What I needed the whole game for? I hate it.
I put all components out of the box and try to figure out how the game works. There are spaces on the board that matches the shape of some tokens. I put them there. There are pieces in 4 distinct colors. I give set to each player. We sit and look at each other. I create the bank and put all coin tokens in a big pile.
I shuffle the cards. I separate all wooden pieces by shapes.
My wife starts to get impatient. I separate the square tokens by size. To be honest, I have no clue what I am doing.
Wife looks at me and I know this look. I quickly take one piece from each player and put it on space 0 on the track that hopefully is a victory point track. I wink to my wife and smile.
It’s a mistake. I shouldn’t wink at her.
„Did you read the rulebook?” she asks.
„You must be kidding me!” she yells at me and stands from the table. I can tell it – now she is really angry. Every husband knows when his wife is angry. We get this power along with the wedding ring.
„I will figure it out. This cannot be difficult. I played the other game from this designer a few years ago!” I say but she doesn’t listen. She just gives me another look. She has a whole wide arsenal of looks. We are in the 'You are in trouble’ section.
So I am sitting now reading this damn rulebook. I feel like being at school again. My brain is defending. I want to go to bed. I want to eat. I want to stand. I want to do anything but the homework. I mean the rulebook. It goes slow, but I have some progress – I am 4 pages in. Only 32 to go. Smallest font possible. I can imagine how it was manufactured. Printing machines and the whole factory in the scale of bonsai trees…
I hate board games. I am serious.
(to be continued…? give me your ideas what’s next!)
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I have a rule that I will not play a boardgame unless at least one person has already read the rulebook. 🙂
Love-Hate relationships can happen with your hobbies for sure. Try to navigate toward those experiences that give you satisfaction. Making a decision and moving forward is the way to go. i look at games as entertainment, and as long as I’m paying about the same or less than movies or skiing or any other recreation, I’m ok with spending to get the experience I want, realizing that a game can be played many times as compared to the one time experiences I compared it to.
That said, I hear you. Promos, exclusives, misleading art, and other marketing techniques can be anywhere from exciting, to annoying, to frustrating. Learning where that lies for you and learning to avoid the negative traps that affect you the most is real life XP.