Come play Eurogames* at our house in Springfield VA on Monday.
We have many games: Alhambra, Carcassonne (with several expansions available), Dominion, Navegador, Power Grid, Settlers of Catan and some Catan variants (Seafarers, Cities and Knights, and the new Catan: Explorers and Pirates), Ticket to Ride (U.S., Europe, Marklin, and Asia), Stone Age, Taj Mahal, Taluva, Thurn and Taxis, Tikal and many many more. Guests will bring additional games.
Most guests will be adults, but it is also true that many of the games work well for kids age 10 or older, and some work well with younger children.
Feel free to invite additional friends who enjoy Eurogames. Beginners are welcome if willing to jump into the mix with experienced players.
People are welcome to bring more games, food, and drinks to share. We'll have some snacks and drinks available. We will probably order pizza at supper time and request about $5 per person.
Please let me know if you plan to come, but do come even if yours is almost a last-minute decision. RSVP for directions.
Virginia and Mike
*Eurogames are games that emphasize strategy, downplay luck, lean towards economic (trading and building) rather than military themes, and have attractive physical components. Some have few rules and are easy to learn. Some are long and complex and therefore get played less often. Some use dice, so luck becomes a factor. Some were invented outside of Europe (e.g., Ticket to Ride). Most were invented in the last 20 years. If you liked Careers, Clue, and Monopoly as a child, you will probably like Eurogames as an adult.
Germany was the prime mover in creating and playing Eurogames. Settlers of Catan, first published in 1995, paved the way for the genre in the United States. It was not the first such game to find an audience outside Germany, but it became much more popular than any of its predecessors. It quickly sold millions of copies in Germany, and in the process brought money and attention to the genre as a whole. One of its most famous and successful follow-ups in the genre was Carcassonne.
I borrowed or stole from Wikipedia and from my own experience in developing this description.