A Struggle to Expose Gamers to New Games

Over the past few months I have been working hard to trade off or sell those games and books that I no longer wanted or would ever need again. My latest game and book acquisition go a long way into reshaping not only my collection, but also my gaming interests. To that end, I am still trying to encourage local gamers to step out of their comfort zones and try some new RPGs and boardgames. At the present time I am having poor results with the RPG crowd, but moderate success with the boardgaming crowd.

I think the RPG crowd, with the exception of a just small number of players, are deeply invested into one of several systems and not all that interested in trying something new or if as a result of trying something new it might cause them to invest in a new system. Locally, the players for the most part seem to be heavily invested in Shadow Run, Pathfinder or Star Wars. There has recently been a successfully started Numenera game at one of the local shops. This is a good sign! To me, it seems weird that the largest of the local game shops stocks a rather wide variety of indie games and non-mainstream games, but they know nothing about the product and continue to heavily push the mainstream systems. Seems like the area is moving in a good direction with the recent addition of these different games, but more needs to be done to bring these new gaming experiences to the players. I am hoping that some future game days will be fruitful for me to try and expose just a few players to a new system or two this year.

On the boardgame front, things are much better. recently I was able to assemble four players to play one of GMT Games’ newest games, A Distant Plain. A game where each player is faction with a stake in the Afghanistan War. All four players were new to the game and we all enjoyed ourselves and found the game to be fun and engaging. Every one of us is eager to play it again or a similar game in the near future. I am hopeful that this bodes well as an indicator for the rest of the local boardgaming community. I have a large number of multi-player historical themed games I personally want to play and until recently  it has been very difficult to generate much interest in these games. I suspect now that there are a few with an interest, more will follow. That is how things tend to go in Charleston, SC. One or two get interested in something and more will follow.

Now, take the experience I am running into here and I am sure there are other locations around the country that are experiencing the same thing, if not, something similar. I think it is incumbent upon all of us to make an effort to get people to try new games. Get them to step out of their comfort zone, even for a short period of time. Who knows, maybe they will find a “new” shiny that will scratch an itch for them.

Recent Acquisitions:
– The Dark Valley by GMT Games
– The Last Success by OSG
– Sign of the Pagan by Victory Point Games
– Simple GBOH by GMT Games
– Monster of the Week by Generic Games
– Pendragon: Pagan Shores by Chaosium Games
– The Pendragon Campaign by Chaosium Games
– Call of Cthulhu by Chaosium Games
– Call of Cthulhu: Cthulhu Invictus by Chaosium Games
– Call of Cthulhu: Cthulhu Invictus Player’s Guide by Chaosium Games

RPGs I hope to be able to get to the table locally:
– Dungeon Crawl Classics
– Dungeon World
– Pendragon (an old game system)
– Sword & Wizardry

Boardgames I hope to get to the table locally:
– A Distant Plain
– War of the Roses by Zman Games
– Crown of Roses by GMT Games
– Samurai Sword by Milton Bradley
– The War by Compass Games
– Wallenstein by Queen Games

~ Modoc

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Chris Mata says:

    Have you tried Shogun? Wallenstein uses the same general game system.

    Shogun is great. Can run a little long, but even some of my non traditional gamer friends were intrigued by it.

    I attmepted a solo of Labyrinth last night and the gamed seem much more simple than I thought except for deciphering the A.I. Jihadist flowchart.


  2. modoc31 says:

    I have not played Shogun or Wallenstein. I hope to get Wallenstein to the table soon enough. It looks very cool and not overly complicated.


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