While there are a lot of great things about living in Florida, there are plenty of things I miss about Toronto. Besides the obvious friends and families, I mean. One of which is gaming. Not the total geeked-out gaming (although I’ve played a few of those on occasion) but board games. Like Settlers of Catan, Puerto Rico, Betrayal at House on the Hill. If you’ve never played some of these games, they’re more involved than the board games you played as a kid, but they’re also a heck of a lot more fun (IMO). They do take more time to play and require a bit of dedication to assimilate the longer rules.

As far as I’m concerned, there are definite pluses for that time invested. For instance, in Betrayal and Settlers, the game board changes every time, which is something I enjoy. I like the variety, it keeps the game fresh every time we play. In Betrayal, the players start out playing as a team against the creatures and supernatural beings in the house, but at a certain point (which also changes with each game) one of the players becomes a traitor and competes against the rest of the players. There are fifty different possible traitor scenarios, and even when those are repeated, the layout of the board affects the outcome of the game, so it is not predictable. Hubby likes these games because winning often relies on strategy rather than luck (he’s VERY unlucky with dice, so it’s not a surprise, really).

So, why do I miss these games? What difference does geography make? Most of the games we own (and… er… it might actually be a closet-full) require a minimum of three players. Hubby and I have made friends since we moved, good friends, but for the most part, we feel a little like pushers, trying to convince people to invest time in learning the intricacies of the rules and the hour or two required to play a single game. We worry they won’t have as much fun as we do. Although, maybe I shouldn’t worry. Even if they hate whatever game, it’s still cheaper than going to see a bad movie.

We’ve started to grab some two player games, and there are some good ones out there, but for the same reasons I haven’t had time to write lately, I haven’t had time to play games either. Soon, though. There’s a GREAT game store in Orlando and we’ve got three new games calling for a test run.