However, since a group decided on playing Monopoly Deal (a card game version), I joined in. And after that game, played a round of Scrabble. Since there was still time, I wandered around as a spectator watching ongoing games at other tables. The one that caught my eye was Ticket To Ride (abbr. TtR)
TtR has a large board and the game mechanics of set collection followed by network building while keeping the target routes a secret was quite fascinating. By the time the game finished, it was also late into the night but I remember thinking how awesome TtR was compared to Monopoly.
At that point, I didn't know it, but TtR was my gateway game. A gateway game is one that can be used to pique a person's interest in board games (beyond the most popular ones) and demonstrates at least one interesting game mechanic.
(More on my favourite gateway games in a future post)
In the next few meetings, I played TtR, Risk, Apples to Apples, Cranium, and was hooked. There was typically enough variety available in each meeting that you could play at least 2 different games every time and still not finish all available games in 2 months.
I wanted to have more games that I could take to the meetup, so I browsed online and real world stores. I soon realized that despite the deluge of imported products, the variety of board games available in India was fairly small. The following were the most commonly available games:
- Chess & Checkers
- Monopoly (plus variants)
- Scotland Yard
My current collection of games is listed here.