Board Games With Scott
[In my recent introductory post on board games, I let you know that you’d see a series of posts from me on my favorite board games. Before we launch into that, however, I wanted to take the time to recommend a great resource if you’re having trouble learning a new complicated game.]
If you’ve ever played a new fairly complicated board game, you know that it’s usually best to learn from someone who has played before rather than suffer through the instruction booklet. As a gift for standing up in fellow Stew Over editor Jim’s wedding, I received the game Puerto Rico (amazing gift). As I didn’t know anyone who knew how to play, I tried my hand at reading the manual. This process ultimately became frustrating and useless. Puerto Rico is a complicated game, especially for a first-time player. There are hundreds of pieces, and the game isn’t played like a standard board game. I thought that I’d have to wait until someone else could read through the instructions with me, until I remembered something amazing. The Internet and YouTube. A quick search delivered exactly what I was looking for: a detailed look at how to play the game.
This is how I discovered Board Games with Scott. Scott’s site has reviews and video tutorials on a large variety of board games. Apparently the companies making the games even send them to him–for free! Thanks to Scott, I was up and running and was able to teach my friends that very night how to play. While I wasn’t an expert, I had enough working knowledge that we could supplement that with the instruction book, and after one round we all at least knew the basics.