Here at Skip-A-Turn we tend to lean more towards the user-friendly games on the market. We’ll happily play game that require a good two weeks of preparation for, of course, but we tend to be much kinder towards games that you can just pick up and play. There is a very precise reason for this, though: We love games that we can play with friends. Not just our gaming friends, either, but our “civilian” friends whose eyes glaze over when we start talking about expansion boxes and question my life choices for getting back into Magic the Gathering. We want those friends to play too, because for some reason gaming is the only form of entertainment that actively scares away folks. “But Steven, you magnificent, amazing, employable symbol of sexuality,” I hear you cry, “Isn’t this just a diet version of Shut up and Sit Down’s The Opener?” And to that I say… Yes. That is exactly what we’re doing. Exactly that. “But wait!” I hear you cry, “What about Battle of the Sexes Part 2? And what about you saying you were going to go back to normal reviews!” Well, truth be told, I have been traveling and experiencing a special kind of flying hell, so, enjoy our Top 5 Games to Get Your Friends Interested In Gaming, and I’m going to go make myself a stiff drink…
Or? Moving is terrible.
We love board games. We blog about them, we play them, we review them, and we listen to other people complain or rave about them. However: Board Games are just things. Important and personal things to all of us (you included) but still, things. The sad thing about things, though, is that you can’t take them with you… Barring any Egyptian Pharos that are reading this blog, of course. You’ll have to move, or you’ll run out of space, or you’ll end up with a giant shrine of cardboard and the horrible realization that… You gotta get rid of some of them. Now, personal note time: I am currently packing for a big move from my beloved town to Savannah, GA to the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, CA, so this is going to be an exceptionally personal Top Five… And one written from experience. So, with the knowledge that you’re not alone in this, lets take a deep breath and talk about the Top Four Reasons to Get Rid of a Game.
In a world, shockingly similar to our own, shadows run deeper, conspiracies are true, magic is reality, and monsters are very, very real. In fact, more often than not, you play as them! Yes, the White Wolf (now Onyx Path) owned series has survived the world ending, God becoming a sentient super computer, the vampire uprising, and a horribly, HORRIBLY uncomfortable book about gypsies that I won’t talk about now. It’s a Role Playing Game of the purest sense, with a major focus on creativity and gallows humor that embraces it’s horrific setting. This series has brithed some of the most dynamic characters in Table Top-dom, swear to the God Machine. The World of Darkness is one of our favorite game series available at Skip-A-Turn, with a streamlined system that focuses on telling a fun and dynamic story and a world that is such a joy to explore (and be terrified of). This week, Skip-A-Turn lists our top five game lines in the World of Darkness series. The rules are very simple: To be on this list, it has to be an official game line in the World of Darkness continuity, Classic or New. No Scion, Exalted, Relics & Rituals, Trinity Universe, or bizarre fan creations involving dragons or magical girls. With that out of the way, lets begin!
I have returned! As I write I am dragging myself out of the pit of despair born from weeks of pathetic crying and self-righteous wailing. I emerge holding aloft a warm light for all mankind, an unnecessarily arrogant and wordy guide to crushing your loved ones at a dumb board game. The name of that game, that most glorious and infuriating game, is CATAN.
So. Role Playing Games. I’d put their public image somewhere between foot fungus and that guy on airplanes who feels like he’s earned your leg-space. They’re known as the domain of the dork, the netherworld of the nerd, the national pass-time of the neckbearded and the maladjusted. And when I suggest people try them, their first reaction is a resounding “No!” Now, I’ve been an avid gamer of the non-video game variety for a little over six years now, and I’d like to… Dismantle a few stereotypes about the games of the role-playing variety.