I've always been rubbish at Board Games.
I did love the box art and the game parts but never enjoyed playing the games, worst luck for me especially at Christmas when families traditionally play.
I did play crazy plastic games like Mouse Trap, Cascade, Ker-Plunk and Buckaroo but these were lore like toys than games. Normal games played with dice and boards sent me running for the hills.
It's my brain. I get bored almost immediately, no pun intended and fidget and twitch. Then I give up.
Lots of games filled our family home when I was a kid in the Sixties: Blast Off, Formula 1, Go for Broke, the tiresome Monopoly, Backgammon and of course various chess sets - plastic, magnetic, wooden - and the game of geeks, Space Lines [which I tried to play] to name but a few.
So when I met my Missus on the Continent in the late Seventies I was amazed to find that she loved board games and unbelievably, strategic games.
She played Go, a sort of Japanese draughts that looked like a large square board covered with sweets. O'd never seen it before in 1978.
She also loved [and still does] Halma [Ludo], Mensch Aerger Dich Nicht, Monopoly, Mastermind, Muhle [Nine Mens Morris], Floh Spiel [Tiddlywinks], Spitz Pass Auf [Mousy Mousy] and Mikado [Pick up Straws].
The only game she didn't play was Mah Jong, a Chinese game involving cream tiles adorned with classical Chinese imagery like Cranes and Bamboos. I've never played it either but have regularly seen it for sale at flea markets, usually in a nice leather case. Anyone played it?
So despite living with an acute inability to play board games I do love the box art and the contents. I have collected them as works of art for many years and have some beautiful games in my loft.
I also now regret selling many fine vintage games as well, in my toy dealer days, like Mine a Million and Air Charter. You can't keep everything though can you?
Do you collect board games readers? Do you play them? Do you like strategic games?