Board Game Pile of Shame: Five Games I Own But Haven’t Played

A product presentationby Alessandra A. Guerra (1).jpgFour years ago, I discovered the wonderful world of board gaming. It was a bit of a revelation. You see, I’d never been a console gamer and my PC gaming mostly consisted of me playing American Girl Premiere, Oregon Trail, and Torin’s Passage in junior high and high school. Board games, however, caught on with me in a way PC and console gaming never had. I’m an analog sort of person so I liked being able to go into my game closet and pull out whatever game I was obsessed with at the moment (most likely Archaeology). I soon started attending some board gaming clubs and amassing a collection of games.

Unfortunately, it didn’t take too long before that collection of games got a little too big–at least, too big considering I only play five or so of my games in rotation. My unplayed games quickly began lurking in the front of my game closet, daring me to play them, but as a creature of habit, I didn’t take up those dares. The games remained in their sad, plastic wrapping.

I’m sharing five of these sad games with today in the hopes that putting them out in public will encourage me to actually play them. Maybe you all can even help me pick which ones to play first!  

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Board Game Pile of Shame: Five Games I Own But Haven’t Played

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The Game: Iota

How Long I’ve Owned It: About Three Years

Like most board games, I bought Iota because Wil Wheaton recommended it on his Youtube channel. It sounded like a game I’d enjoy (and not just because of its thirty minutes playing time). Iota’s a pattern making game along the lines of Quirkle but it’s tiny–small enough to carry in a very small purse. Its size is probably the main reason I haven’t played it yet. It gets overwhelmed by everything else in the game closet!

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The Game: Munchkin

How Long I’ve Owned It: About Two Years

Munchkin is one of those few hugely popular board games. It might not quite as all encompassing as Settlers of Catan or Ticket to Ride but I feel like it’s close. I bought my copy on clearance at Target and it’s been sitting in its plastic wrap ever since. Part of the problem is that it’s a relatively long game (two hours of play time is long for me) and the other part of the problem is I can’t convince my family to play it with me.

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The Game: Slash

How Long I’ve Owned It: About Three Years

This one is just sad. I got Slash through the game’s Kickstarter AGES ago but never sat down to play. The concept is basically that it’s Apples to Apples but instead of putting descriptors to nouns, you’re putting characters/historical figures/famous people together in ships. Basically, it’s a fangirl’s dream game.

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The Game: Lanterns

How Long I’ve Owned It: About Six Months

I discovered Lanterns on Tabletop last year, and from what I remember of the game, its Quirkle meets Archaeology (I really like games where you make patterns and collect cards). Lanterns also has a relatively quick playing time: twenty to forty minutes. My only excuse for not playing this game yet is that I haven’t taken the time to relearn the rules.  

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The Game: Machi Koro: Bright Lights, Big City

How Long I’ve Owned It: About Six Months

Machi Koro: Bright Lights, Big City was a Black Friday deal that I couldn’t pass up. I’d been wanting to play the original version (where you make a city and an amusement park), but I hadn’t wanted to shell out the thirty bucks for it. Bright Lights, Big City was cheaper, however, and since it was an expansion by way of companion game, you could play it without owning the original. Of course, I still haven’t played either. *Sigh*

Do you have a board game pile of shame? If you do, definitely take a picture and send it to me on Twitter or Instagram (@readerlygeek on both). Tag it #MyBoardGameShame and help me not feel so bad about my unplayed games.

 So, important question, which of these games should I play first?

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March into Middle-Earth: A Unexpected Journey

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I discovered Middle-earth in sixth grade thanks to an English assignment. My mom, having read The Hobbit in sixth grade herself, decided to have me read the book too (I was homeschooled for those who don’t know). For a girl already obsessed with Fantasy series, this was the perfect sort of required reading.

Unsurprisingly, by the end of the book, this Fantasy nerd was 100% in love with dwarves, dragons, and–most of all–hobbits.

After The Hobbit, I went onto read The Lord of the Rings. It was the perfect time to get into the books because the films were just about to be released. I remember sitting in Burger King at the time and talking to my mom about my favorite character, Pippin, as I looked at The Fellowship of the Ring kid’s meal toys and themed goblets before the movie’s release.

I ended up seeing The Fellowship of the Ring five times in the theater became “That Weird Girl Who Is a Little Too Obsessed With Hobbits.” That association stuck well into my high school years–only to be overcome by the title of “That Weird Girl Who Is a Little Too Obsessed With Harry Potter.”

When I learned that Rinn from Rinn Reads was doing a Tolkien Appreciation Month this March, I knew I had to join in. My obsession for The Lord of the Rings has lessened over time, but I still have very fond memories of the series and a lot of weird stuff on hand from my Tolkien Nerd years. If you’re lucky (or extremely unfortunate depending on how you look at it), I might even share some of the REALLY bad and slightly snarky fan fiction I wrote when I was thirteen.

As for my definite plans, I have arts and crafts, collectibles, and stories to share about my The Lord of the Rings days. I will also be attempting to review all of The Hobbit films–including the animated one. I’ve only seen The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey so I’ll be venturing into new territory for this.

Rinn, meanwhile, is doing a buddy read of The Fellowship of the Ring, but since I just reread that last Fall, I decided to tackle one Tolkien’s books that I haven’t read: The Silmarillion. My goal is to read portions of it throughout the month of March and, every Thursday, write a recap. If anyone else wants to join me, here’s my tentative reading/recap schedule:

Week One (March 3rd-10th) ~ Prefaces, Forwards, and Ainulindale

Week Two (March 10th-17th) ~ Valaquenta (Through Chapter XVIII “Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin”)

Week Three (March 17th-24th) ~ The Rest of Valaquenta

Week Four (March 24th-31st) ~ Akallabeth & Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age

If you do join in on reading The Silmarillion with me, you can use the hashtag #RGSilmarils to tweet about the book. You can also send me links if you write your own review or recaps through my contact page or to @readerlygeek on Twitter. I’ll definitely share them!

I think March into Middle-earth will be a lot of fun. I’ve been wanting to blog about Tolkien’s work for a long time so I’m happy to finally have an excuse! I definitely look forward to seeing what the other participants have in store too!

Who’s your favorite of Tolkien’s characters? Are you joining in on March into Middle-earth?

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