Athens, OH 23 January 2012 –
My group of friends and I have found an incredibly awesome and nerdy way to spend our weekends (and our money)—board games. And no, I’m not talking about Monopoly or Sorry. We play serious board games—ones that come with over 700 pieces and 42-page, full-color rulebooks. These are games that take 5 or 6 hours to play (and even longer to set up and clean up, it feels like). These nerdy games are happily becoming more mainstream – I think many people have heard of Settlers of Catan, which is a really nice introduction to nerdy boardgaming.
Our most recent favorite is Dominion. It’s a deck building game with about a billion expansions and permutations, so every game is completely different. Our most epic game is Runewars. It’s SO EPIC. In this game you collect resources, recruit units (which are adorable little plastic figures), and fight each other with both those units and your heroes.
The group’s all-time favorite board game is Arkham Horror. Arkham Horror is SO AWESOME that it isn’t on our board game cabinet—that’s because we can’t play it our house because the board takes up so much room, so it’s currently living at our friend’s house. We meet every Friday night and play a few games while we drink and eat popcorn. Especially now, in the winter, game night is an awesome alternative to going out in the freezing cold! Just goes to show that there’s plenty to do in Athens, even if it’s pretty unconventional entertainment.