On Saturday, my brother and I made the long journey from Spartanburg into Greenville to a store called The Command Post. They were hosting the Upstate Board Gamer Group’s monthly Game Day. No Monopoly here; this was a day to play some of the less main-stream games out there like Settlers of Catan, Battlelore, Silent Death.
I’ve always loved good strategy games, and now my brother is getting to the point where he both likes strategy games and is good at them. I remember being in the same position that he’s in now: He wants to play games with people, but no one else really wants to play.
So this was really a fun time for both of us. We didn’t get there until later in the afternoon, so we ended up playing with each other, but we did get to find out about a couple of interesting games. We played Ticket to Ride, which I had heard was really good, but had never had the chance to play before. Yes, in fact, it is really good. It’s simple to learn and only takes between a half-hour and an hour to play once you know how (much better than an average game time of two hours for Settlers of Catan). We bought a copy on the spot.
We also bought and played a game called Starship Catan, a two-player game where you and your opponent fly a space ship around trading resources, developing colonies, and fighting pirates. This is also a fairly short game, though much more complicated to learn than Ticket to Ride. We’ve already played the game twice in the past couple of days. It’s a lot of fun.