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New Meetup: Another Games Day At the International Boba House!

From: Russell
Sent on: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 1:15 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Tampa Chapter of the Society for the Exploration of Play!

What: Another Games Day At the International Boba House!

When: September 19,[masked]:00 PM

International Boba House
2764 University Square Drive
Tampa, FL 33617

Hi, Explorers!

The owners of the Boba House (near USF) have invited us out to host another game day at their store. The Boba house is between USF and the University Square Mall, and has a nice relaxing environment, with great snacks and beverages. Plus the owners are really great guys!

We're going to work out a way for you to play your way towards winning some tasty beverages, simply by playing games, but ask me more about that during our event.

I'm going to pick some entry level games (think German Family Games) for our list, and I'm going to bring quite a few more than the ones on this list with me. I'll be teaching games, but could use some help, in case we get super busy, so if you're interested in bringing a light game to teach, please feel free. The Boba House already has a collection of very mainstream sorts of party games and such, but perhaps we'll find a way to help expand their collection a bit.

Here's the list of games that I'm going to feature for our first weekend meeting (but I'll be bringing more than this, for sure). This is the same list I posted last time, but these are all good gateway games and easily played.

Ticket to Ride: Considered by many to be "The Gateway Game", this game is easy to learn, has surprising depth, and is often the game that creates an renewed interest in board games.

First Hand: This is a very quick game of manual dexterity, originally published in Germany. I need some quick games to get people started, and this one is easy to teach, surprisingly challenging, and a lot of fun!

Pandemic: A recent award winning cooperative game, this one is easy to teach, a lot of fun, and new players quickly grasp it (and often want to immediately play another game - always a pleasure!). Can you save the world from four simultaneous outbreaks?

Jungle Speed: This is a speed and reaction game, in which players are watching to match patterns on their face up cards, and then trying to snatch the "Totem". It plays easily, will mess with your mind, and always generates a lot of laughs. I lose this game a lot.

Bang!: A western themed game of hidden identities - can you protect the Sheriff (if you are the deputy), find the Outlaws (if you are the Sheriff), shoot the Sheriff (if you are the Outlaws), or be the last man standing (if you are the Renegade)? Fast and easy to learn, and a lot of fun in a bigger group.

Citadels: Another game with role selection as a core mechanic, but this time, you're choosing who will help you build your own citadel. Enjoy the intrigue as assassins strike, the thief empties purses, and someone gets to be the King!

Blokus: Originally published in Germany, this game has made it into some of the big box stores. It's a pure abstract that plays up to four very easily. It is also very attractive, and a lot of fun to play.

Simply Catan: This game is also a classic gateway game, having brought many people to the hobby. This version is basically the same as the original game, with some minor simplifications of the hex layouts and such.

TransAmerica: This is a fairly fast rail connection game, where players work to create a network that connects the 5 cities they are secretly trying to connect. Quick easy rules and fast game play, but this game also features some surprising depth and interesting decisions.

Come on out and learn some great new games! (And try some Boba, too!)


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