If you’re here because you heard us on Simon Mayo’s show, here’s some next steps for you. That should, of course, be here are some next steps for you, but let’s not quibble.
Try and find a specialist game shop in your area. Normal shops and dept stores just don’t sell these games. You’re looking for Eurogames like Ticket To Ride, Carcassonne, Dixit, 7 Wonders, Forbidden Island, and the current SdJ winner Hanabi. A Friendly Local Game Store (FLGS) will give you lots of good advice. In York and Leeds, try the Travelling Man shops. In London, try Leisure Games. In Cardiff, there’s Rules Of Play. There are plenty around, you just need to find them.
Try and find a public boardgame club in your area. There are lots of them across the UK, often meeting in pubs. Don’t bring the kids on your first visit. Turn up yourself, try a few games and then keep trying. It can be really intimidating! So many of the games we play are so far outside your experience, it’s easy to be put off. But if you don’t like one game, try another and another, and after a bit, you’ll know what works for you. Keep trying! Your FLGS can tell you about groups in your area, or probably runs their own club too.
Try watching the TableTop series on Youtube. They’re a nice introduction to a lot of good games.
Here’s the hard one, try looking into boardgamegeek.com. It is very geeky! But very friendly too. It’s a huge database on games, like imdb is for films. It’s a great place to do research and find out more about Eurogames.
Honestly, if you want to play good family games, stop playing Monopoly and start playing modern Eurogames. Once you get into them, you will never go back!