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The Boardgame Concierge: More Breadstick Games!

by | published Tuesday, January 18, 2022

In a previous gateway recommendation I said that non-gamers don’t like entertainment that makes them think, and while that’s a generalization, for anyone for whom it’s true, it is a hurdle that the gamer will have to overcome  eventually, because if you like games that make you think, and you want your friends to like them, too, you will need to get them into games that make them think.

But do it a little at a time. You can’t jump straight to games like Twilight Imperium or Twilight Struggle. And definitely avoid Twilight: the Board Game. Two light weight strategy games that I’ve had great success with for my guests are Battle Sheep & Hey! That’s My Fish! They have some mechanical similarities, but most importantly, they don’t ask players to learn a lot of rules or be able to think five moves ahead.

In Battle Sheep, you are trying to take over the most meadow with your flock of sheep, and in Hey! That’s My Fish! you are trying to make your penguins eat more fish than your opponents’ penguins can. Both games are played on a hexagonal grid, which may be a new concept for your friend, and both games have basic turn structures that require players to make one simple move per turn – no complex phases or action points to worry about.

Simple concepts, goofy themes, and only requiring a little bit of thought, these games make great introductions to the world of strategy games.

Author

  • Steve Tassie has been many things over the years: actor, comedian, high school teacher, Origins-nominated game designer, soda jerk, and port-a-potty attendant. Currently, Steve is a voice actor, an attempted novelist, occasional podcaster, and the Curator and Head Game Guru at Snakes & Lattes Board Game Cafes. Steve has been a player of all kinds of board, card, & roleplaying games since he was a small boy. Now that he's a large boy, his taste in games run toward light-medium weight Euros, thematic Ameritrash games that focus on story over strategy, and dexterity games. He would probably crush you at Ghost Blitz. If you're on the Twitters, he is @RealSteveTassie and you can totally follow him.


One thought on “The Boardgame Concierge: More Breadstick Games!

  1. Alice Connor says:

    Yes! I love both of these for the simple teach, the fun bits, and the quick, mean, and meaty game-play. I’ve described them both using the other!

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