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"Tabletop for Newbs" – Series Introduction

It's been nearly a month since I left the GI office, and life post-internship has been, unsurprisingly, rather dull. I'm no mathmagician, but I know that when it comes to jobs, Game Informer > pretty much everything else. To help take my mind off the mundanity of my part-time, non-game-related jobs, I've amped up a relatively new hobby of mine – tabletop games. 

Just before I left Minneapolis, the other interns and I had a tabletop night with GI Previews Editor, Matt Miller. In case you don't know, Miller is one of GI's in-house tabletop experts, and regularly writes stories that highlight new titles or roundup recent games of note. We had an absolute blast playing with him that evening, and I was inspired to pick up a few new games for myself when I arrived back in Boston.

My first foray into serious tabletop gaming came about year ago when I bought a copy of Settlers of Catan, which is one of the most popular and accessible Euro-style tabletop games around. Catan is an excellent game, and it's one that I can easily teach to friends in one or two playthroughs. As far as party games go, it's hard to go wrong with Catan. Nevertheless, I think I'm ready for the next level. And I think you are, too.

Whereas Miller's monthly "Top of the Table" feature represents decades of the author's experience, my feature – "Tabletop for Newbs" – will provide an introductory approach to the genre. It only took me a few days to learn that tabletop gaming is a fantastic way to pass the time with friends (perhaps only second to video games), and I'd love to get as many other people on board as I can. Each "Tabletop for Newbs" entry will highlight a single game, and the entries will become more advanced as my own skills and expertise advance. I don't know much about this area, but I hope that you will join me as I play new games and gain some experience. If you do have expertise in the area, feel free to chime in via comments. 

Given that tabletop games can be fairly expensive, I'm not sure how frequently I will write entries, but it will be at least once per month. Games on my current list include: Settlers of Catan, Dominion, Magic: The Gathering, and The Lord of The Rings: The Card Game.

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