In the beginning…
…the board game Gods created “roll and move.” Sad but true. For many of us, especially those in our 40’s (approaching 50!!), we started out board gaming with the likes of Monopoly, Sorry, Payday, Life maybe even some chess or checkers. My daughter was no different.
We started with Chutes and Ladders and Candyland. She was 2, give me a break. Now every now and then she wants to break those out and play. That’s OK. You hear that obsessed hobby gamers? That’s. O.K. She was (and is) young and her choice was (and is still) important. She liked them. They were new and exciting. They were colorful. The only bad thing was that she had no control over if she won or lost. Not that she knew that or even understands it now. Both of those games are completely luck driven, like many kid games. That makes it easier for Dad to “cheat to lose.”
When my daughter and I play now, sometimes she wins and sometimes she loses. It can be difficult to teach a young person how to lose gracefully. It’s a wondrous and important skill that is learned over time and my daughter still needs practice.
Honestly, we haven’t played those roll and move games in a while. I remember my daughter getting excited when I set up some solo games for myself like Space Hulk: Death Angel, Elder Sign and Race for the Galaxy: Gathering Storm. She was all “Woooooo, what’s that?” when my son and I played Pandemic for the first time. She asked me when she can play these games. Of course, my canned response is “When you get older.” Her next question usually is, “You’ll teach me?” My answer is always the same, “Absolutely. I would be happy to.”
As long as I feed her new games to play every now and then, I think I’ll be able to keep her away from the “old standards.” Of course, at this rate, one day will come when she goes over a friend’s house for a sleepover and the mom breaks out Monopoly and my daughter will ask in a snooty voice, “What. Is. That? Don’t you have Kemet, or Caverna, or Concordia?” I know, I know. I’m asking a lot but a man can dream, can’t he?