I picked up a copy of The City of Kings recently. I tasked my son with punching out all of the components (fortunately, he’s still young enough to be enthusiastic about this!) and I sat down to read the rulebook.
I got a couple of pages in though, past the thematic intro and the list of components, and it said, “If you prefer watching videos to reading rulebooks, then you can find a series of how to play videos on our website.”
You bet I do! So I went to the website and watched Frank West (the designer) explain how to play his game. Is it possible to learn the rules this way or do you need to read the rulebook really? Here’s my experience…
Boardgaming, as a hobby, is rarely controversial. People get together, play games and generally enjoy themselves. People have very different tastes in games of course, but when one group of people say a game is good, those people who don’t like it are usually quite happy to say that it’s not their kind of game rather than saying that the game is actually bad.
My lowest rated game is Joking Hazard. I think I rated it a 2. I really didn’t like it. Other people I played with rated it a 6 or 7 though. I can see some people could really enjoy it. Just not me!
However, every now and then a game comes along that sharply divides opinion. Some people love it, some people think it’s so bad that it’s not even a game, and some people don’t get what all the fuss is about and reckon it was just ‘okay’. The Mind is such a game…