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  1. 1. Cardboard Comeback The World of Modern Board Gaming
  2. 2. Who am I? Ben Turner (@phantomwhale) Board Game “addict” for 10+ years Host two open gaming groups in the CBD
  3. 3. Agenda 1. History 2. Modern classics 3. What’s changed? 4. Why modern board games? 5. A-Z of game genres 6. Finding the right game for you 7. How to get into gaming
  4. 4. History of board gaming (abridged. Heavily)
  5. 5. MB Games (1860-1984) Snakes and Ladders Game of Life Yahtzee Connect 4
  6. 6. Parker Brothers (1883) Monopoly Trivial Persuit Cluedo Risk
  7. 7. Hobby Gaming
  8. 8. Axis and Allies (1982)
  9. 9. Heroquest (1989)
  10. 10. European Games Settlers of Catan (1995) Carcassonne (2000) Ticket to Ride (2004)
  11. 11. BOARD GAME EXPLOSION !!!
  12. 12. Modern Classics Our new cardboard overlords
  13. 13. Modern Classics Our new cardboard overlords
  14. 14. So What’s Changed? I seem to remember enjoying the first hour of Monopoly. Once.
  15. 15. No Player Outage No players must be out of the game early. All players must stand a chance, however small, to win the game till the very end.
  16. 16. Quick game is a good game The game must last a reasonable amount of time. Family games typically last 45 minutes.
  17. 17. Meaningful Decisions Modern games are based on interesting mechanisms that keep players on the edge of their seats. Players face difficult decisions. Making the right ones is important to win.
  18. 18. Is it my turn yet ? Modern games are fluid, with little downtime. To avoid any lengthy process, some games make everyone play simultaneously. For turn-based games, designers make sure that everyone is active even when it is not their turn to play
  19. 19. Make it pretty Modern games benefit from quality work of illustrators which reinforce the theme
  20. 20. Why board gaming? I thought Angry Birds meant an end to all this dice rolling
  21. 21. An A-Z of Game Genres Massively abridged. Again.
  22. 22. Area Control Small World (2009)
  23. 23. Co-operative Pandemic (2007)
  24. 24. Deduction The Resistance (2009)
  25. 25. Dexterity Loopin’ Louie (1992)
  26. 26. Engine Builder Splendor (2014)
  27. 27. (Push Your) Luck King of Tokyo (2007)
  28. 28. Microgame Love Letter (2012)
  29. 29. Party Ugg-Tect (2009)
  30. 30. Roll and Move Monopoly, Snakes and Ladders, Ludo, Game of Life…
  31. 31. Real Time Galaxy Trucker (2012)
  32. 32. Story telling Mice & Mystics (2012)
  33. 33. Zombies Dead of Winter (2014)
  34. 34. The Right Game for You Or why new games are trumping the old “classics”
  35. 35. How to get started Less talk, more gaming!
  36. 36. Find out more BoardGameGeek.com (website) - forums for ALL games TableTop (YouTube) - celebrity geeks playing games Shut Up and Sit Down (website) - funny video reviews Dice Tower (YouTube / podcast) - video reviews since ‘95
  37. 37. Which game is the best? Spiel des Jahres Dice Tower “seal of excellence” Golden Geek (BGG)
  38. 38. I want one! Games Laboratory (CBD) Mind Games (CBD) Good Games* (CBD) SpielDeluxe* (North Melbourne) GateKeeper Games (Fitzroy North) *or online
  39. 39. Join Us Melbourne Boardgames Group - meetup.com Godzilla Games (Tues weekly) Cardboard City Games Club 
 (Wed fortnightly) Cafe Games (Sat monthly)
  40. 40. Thank you for listening And have fun gaming !!!
  41. 41. Any Questions ?

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