Who would have thought that we would be playing German board games after the kids go to bed at night? Kev and I had been doing the ol' watch TV or watch a movie or surf the net after the kids go to sleep routine but it was getting a bit boring. Plus, we felt like we weren't interacting very much during these activities. So, to solve that problem, we thought "let's play some games together!". We looked at our sad assortment - Cranium, Hoopla, Apples to Apples and Boggle - and realized with just the 2 of us, we can only play Boggle. Then after a while, we were all "boggled-out", so I started to research boardgames online. [Yay, I love to do research online. Hehe.] Anyhow, long story short, I picked out some German boardgames for us to try. [I think my H.S. German teacher would be proud! :)] So far, we've purchased: Lost Cities, Carcassonne, and Battle Line. We've played the first two and found them very interesting. Lost Cities is easy to figure out and the more we play it, the more we want to play it, which is what makes a good game in our eyes. We've only played Carcassone once, but found the game concept really interesting. Anything that causes us to have to strategize and think (though not TOO hard late at night) makes it a good game, in my opinion. :) Anyhow, just about to play Battle Line, so will have to report back on that soon. How exciting!
And as with almost anything I've researched, I've found forums on this subject matter. The most active one that I've found thus far is called Boardgamegeek and they offer forums on game strategies, advice on which game to get, where to get them, and even offer pictures on what the games look like when setup. Oh, how I love forums (AKA real user advice). :) Anyhow, I'm off to a game!