A Revelation about Revolution!
It is only with slight shame that I admit that prior to working at Snakes and Lattes I was strictly a Scrabble, Yahtzee, and Game of Life kind of board gamer.
This was mainly due to the fact that when it came to playing board games, these were the only kinds of games that were in my friend’s cupboards. was that board games with lots of little pieces (chits, cubes, and the colour-coded wooden men called "meeples") scared the crap out of me.
I was asked to play Revolution! with some of my coworkers and agreed. Inside, I was terrified. I mean, look at all those little cubes! Surely, this must be a complicated game. But mingled with this internal fear I was also secretly pleased that I had been asked to sit at the big kids table and play something meatier. I knew that I had to conquer this irrational fear or risk becoming some sort of board game pariah who sits in the corner playing Jenga by herself, sobbing silently.
As a coworker started going through the mechanics of the game, I gained a hazy idea of how the game was played. That being said, I am not skilled in understanding rules/instructions/mechanics strictly through oral tuition. I learn best from visual example. It only took two turns of seeing how the game was played for the lightbulb to go off. OOOoohhhhh! We’re trying to take over sections of this city! We have to use means of influence! I want to gain the most points! I LIKE VIOLENCE, BRIBERY AND MONIES!
...Anyways. The premise is actually rather simple, once you see it played in its entirety. The person who gains the most victory points is the winner. You gain points by taking over parts of the town (such as the Tavern, the Harbor, and the Plantation). Each part of the town is comprised of a number of spots, which are then covered with a cube when acquired. You secretly bid on segments using your means of influence (Money, Blackmail or Force). The person who has bid the most wins the spot.
I didn’t win Revolution!, but I didn’t particularly care either. I played the game and didn’t make a fool of myself. I felt like Kevin McCallister after he conquered his fear of the basement. These games aren’t scary at all! They aren’t even particularly hard. They are actually super fun! Since then I have even tried other games I wouldn’t have dared touch prior to my experience with Revolution!. The key is to go in with an open mind, always aware of what kind of learner you are. Armed with this mindset, you open yourself up to a whole new world of amazing board games. So, fellow board game n00bs, game on!