The Gateway Game Shelf
By Matthew C. Anderson
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Board games have probably changed from what you remember from when you were younger–that’s certainly the case for us. Jess and I both have fond memories of playing tabletop/board games when we were kids, but somewhere along the way there weren’t any games that kept our interest (we played video games instead…and still do, but that’s another story). Our gaming tendencies changed in the mid 2000’s when we tried out some newer board games that were challenging and fun, without taking hours of focus and practice to learn and play. Ever since, we have been introducing our friends to new games–specifically games that are easy to pick up even if you’re not a gamer. The Gateway Game Shelf Podcast is where we chat about some of our favorite tabletop games that act as a gateway into this hobby we love. Are you new to playing games or looking for ideas of what games to play?
||CleanGGS005: Star Wars: Edge of the Empire – the Beginner Game||This month we travel to a galaxy far, far away, with the Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Beginner Game. Jess and I are joined by Chas to discuss how this was, in fact, a gateway game for all three of us. Game details # Players: 3-5 Ages: 10+ Game Length||4/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGGS004 – Small World||This month we find ourselves in Small World, a competitive game (and more easygoing alternative to risk) that reminds us that it’s a world of sLaughter after all. Jess and I recently introduced some friends to the game,||3/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGGS003: Tsuro||For this episode we discuss Tsuro (pronounced “sir-oh”) which comes in as one of the most approachable, easy-to-learn, and quick-to-play games in our collection. This is one of those games that ends up on the table every time we host a big||2/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGGS002: Forbidden Island||Next we take a trip to Forbidden Island. a great introductory cooperative game that is easy to learn, quick to play, yet fun time after time. Jess and I pulled our copy off of the game shelf, played a round (which we played at a high difficulty level||1/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGGS001: Ticket To Ride||We dive right in with Ticket To Ride, which actually was as our gateway game that’s led to so many fun gaming sessions. It’s a go-to for us–especially if we want to pull something out that will be fun for someone who isn’t sure what they thi||12/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGGS000: Introductions||We like introducing people to board games…there’s just something about it that’s fun and a great way to connect with friends (and, well, make friends too). In this inaugural episode of The Gateway Game Shelf Podcast,||12/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|