Sunday, 26 July 2015

Board games at parties

Our topic for this weeks #BoardGameHour twitter chat is playing board games at a party.

Now does this mean 'party games' or not is something that we are going to be discussing. One thing I would like to be clear from the start is that we are talking mainly about playing board games at an adult party, quite a lot of people and most likely drinking, music and food is happening.

Your "Gaming a parties" questions are:

Q1: Do you take board games to a party? Do you often get to play any at a party? #BoardGameHour

Q2: What games have you played at a party that are not traditionally considered a 'party game'?' #BoardGameHour

Q3: Are there games that are considered a 'party game' that would suck at a real party (one night werewolf)? Which? #BoardGameHour

Q4: What are the pros and cons to party games and gaming at a party? #BoardGameHour

Q5: Why do you think so many board 'gamers' seem to dislike the idea of party games? #BoardGameHour

Q6: Do you have any tips for managing large crowds when play a game? #BoardGameHour

Q7: What makes a good game for a party? What advice would you give designers about 'Party' games? #BoardGameHour

Q8: What tropes need to be avoided when picking out games to play at a party? #BoardGameHour

Q9: What 3 games do you feel are essential games for a party, and why? #BoardGameHour

Q10: What party game has given you the most memorable experiences? what made this happen? #BoardGameHour

Q11: Do parties and modern party games (like cash and guns) really go together? why? #BoardGameHour

See you there :0)

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Sunday, 19 July 2015

Solo Gaming

Our topic for this weeks #BoardGameHour twitter chat is playing board games on your own.

This topic has been requested for a while, so here you go folks!

Now I know there are lots of people who don't play board games solo (I am one) but I would encourage everyone to take part anyway. It will be interesting to have people explaining why they don't solo game and to have those who don't play solo asking follow up questions of those who do.

I am looking forward to having solo board gaming sold to me, cause frankly I often can't get a group together, but don't fancy playing any of my current games alone.. Maybe I just need advice!

Your "Solo Gaming" questions are:

Q1: How often do you play board games on your own compared to gaming in a group? #BoardGameHour

Q2: Are there board games out there that are made for solo play excursively? Would you buy a 1 player only game? #BoardGameHour

Q3: Are there games that have a solo variant that should not, e.g it is not very good solo? Which? #BoardGameHour

Q4: What are the pros and cons of solo board gaming compared to playing video games? Why do you solo board game? #BoardGameHour

Q5: How does a solo play of a game match the play experience of games with multiple players? Are they comparable for reviews etc? #BoardGameHour

Q6: If playing solo are you more likely to cheat? Do you change the rules? #BoardGameHour

Q7: What makes a good solo game to you? What advice would you give designers about solo games? #BoardGameHour

Q8: Have you ever adapted a game to make it solo. Have you created or expanded a solo game, or written your own scenarios for one? #BoardGameHour

Q9: What 3 games do you feel are essential solo games, and why? #BoardGameHour

Q10: What solo game has given you the most memorable experiences? what makes it able to do that? #BoardGameHour

Q11: Are there games you wish had a solo option? Which? #BoardGameHour

See you there :0)

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Sunday, 12 July 2015

Who are board games for?

Our topic for Mondays #BoardGameHour twitter chat is about who board games are for.

This could be a controversial subject so let me say more. First I make no apologies for the openness of the subject, I think it allows for a more interesting conversation and also gives people the chance to be creative. Secondly, this is a good time to point out that I try to never put up questions that have a right or wrong answer. These questions are always aimed at creating an interesting discussion.

I came to pick this topic because someone suggested we cover who board games are marketed at. This is an interesting topic (and one I am very invested in) but could leave some people quite outside the loop. I try to make #BoardGameHour so that people of all levels of interest in the hobby can joining in, so have expanded this subject.

Many of these questions can be answered with "well it depends on the person really". Lets be clear; we all know that generalisations and stereotypes are never really perfectly true, but it will be more interesting to explore this subject if we don't all say "it depends" :0)

I hope this will be as interesting as some of our other recent topics.

Your "Who are board games for" questions are:

Q1: Do you consider your self a "hard core" or "casual" gamer? What do these terms mean? #BoardGameHour

Q2: What is your demographic? Rough age, sex, job type, marital status, race, etc.. Do any of these affect your gaming preferences?  #BoardGameHour

Q3: Do you feel board games (type of games, marketing, art etc) are aimed at one type of person in particular? why? #BoardGameHour

Q4: Would anyone like modern board games? Are some people the wrong type? #BoardGameHour

Q5: Why do you like board game? #BoardGameHour

Q6: generalising, what sort of person do you feel enjoys "euro" style games more so than others? #BoardGameHour

Q7: generalising, what sort of person do you feel enjoys "Ameritrash" style games more so than others?#BoardGameHour

Q8: What term "alpha gamer", "Ameristrash", "Hobby gaming", "AP", others? Do you feel are damaging to our hobby? #BoardGameHour

Q9: Is it fair to say that the modern board game hobby is getting more diverse? Do you feel publishers are reacting to this? #BoardGameHour

Q10: Do some mechanics / themes make you think of a certain type of player? #BoardGameHour

Q11: Would you like more people to play modern board games? Why? #BoardGameHour

See you there :0)

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Sunday, 5 July 2015

Aging and Board Games

Our topic for this weeks #BoardGameHour twitter chat is a little different; I'm going for somthing a little abstract but that I think will be interesting "aging and board game". So anything related to age (as its my birthday on the 6th of July... Oh, publishers can send me games ;0).

To help us not have to do it all the way though the hour, here at the definitions we are using...

Your "Aging" questions are:

Q1: How old are you, how long have you been playing hobby board games & what got you started? #BoardGameHour

Q2: Thinking about a game you love, how old would the youngest player you would play with be (average kid in general)? #BoardGameHour

Q3: What games are aimed at kids, but adults can enjoy just as much? #BoardGameHour

Q4: What modern (Chess etc are excluded) game is the oldest in your collection that still gets played regularly ? #BoardGameHour

Q5: What themes or mechanics do you consider have aged well or keep getting better?  #BoardGameHour

Q6: What themes or mechanics do you consider to be outdated or to have aged poorly? #BoardGameHour

Q7: What ages are there that have old characters in? are there any games about aging? #BoardGameHour

Q8: If you're or were a designer / publisher how would you play-test games aimed at kids?#BoardGameHour

Q9: Does nostalgia (ie. when in your gaming life you played a game) affect how you rate and feel about games in your collection? #BoardGameHour

Q10: Has your age affected your gaming preferences? if so how? #BoardGameHour

Q11: If it was your birthday, what game would you want to play? #BoardGameHour

See you at 2pm Eastern Time 7pm UK, when I will be one year older :0)