It may be unseasonably muggy here in St. John's but it is officially fall.
For me Fall means cooler evenings and a return to board gaming on a more regular basis. I miss the regular games with the usual suspects on Friday and Saturday evenings, complemented by great food, wine, meade & cider.
Yes, I was a geek before it was cool!
Boardgames may seem like a 20th century phenomena. With the advance if the PSP, XBOX, iPhones and broadband - Why bother with board games at all? I like the socialization, the escape from these computers that I am chained to for ten hours a day, the fact that no two games are alike..did mention the socialization?
One of my co-workers put me onto a great site over the weekend. We were discussing gaming, particularly Settlers. She mentioned that Wil Wheaton has developed a YouTube Show about boardgames called Tabletop where he introduces, explains the rules and plays a game with celebraties every week. The TableTop YouTube channel has tons of outtakes and bonus features for each episode.
I used to really enjoy the reviews and walkthoughs on Board Games with Scott. He offered a video series about many different types of board games. He used to cover a game an episode. That changed last year. Fortunately Wil Wheaton has upped the ante with an incredibly tight show that offers great tutorials to assist newbies play new games.
A few week ago, Liam asked me to pick-up a game that he had learned over the summer. Dixit was the 2010 Spiel des Jahres Winner. One player is the storyteller for the turn. He looks at the 6 images in his hand. From one of these, he makes up a sentence and says it out loud (without showing the card to the other players). The other players select amongst their 6 images the one that best matches the sentence made up by the storyteller.
Then, each of them gives their selected card to the storyteller, without showing it to the others. The storyteller shuffles his card with all the received cards. All pictures are shown face up, randomly, and every player has to bet upon what picture was the storyteller's.
If nobody or everybody finds the correct picture, the storyteller scores 0, and each of the other players scores 2. Otherwise the storyteller and whoever found the correct answer scores 3. Players score 1 point for every vote for their own picture.
To explain it all, here is Wil Wheaton's Tabletop program featuring Dixit!