Have you ever purchased a game only to have it sit on the shelf for years without getting played?
I bought a copy of Eketorp a couple of years ago after hearing it discussed on Garrett’s Games and Geekiness. Doug didn’t care for it really, if I remember correctly, but his description of the game made it sound like something I would really like.
I bought the game at the same time I purchased quite a few other games, so at first, I wasn’t in a big hurry to get it to the table. After a while, almost all of the other games got played, but not Eketorp.
I would carry Eketorp out to game night. I would place it on the coffee table when people were coming over to the house to play games. I took it to a few invitational events, and this is not a small box, mind you, this is one of those big Queen boxes. It has probably seen more travel time than any of my other games, but it never got played.
Why? Well, sometimes there just wasn’t the right amount of people, or enough time. Sometimes there was someone who had heard that Eketorp just wasn’t so great. Doug Garrett certainly didn’t care for it. I don’t think he hated it, but he didn’t like it.
Once or twice it was my fault. Someone said, “Hey, why don’t we play that game you always bring?” and it had been a while since I had read the rules, so I suggested that we try it another time.
Well, last Tuesday evening, Eketorp finally hit the table. Six of us sat down and commanded our little wooden vikings to beat the crap out of each other, battling over small wooden bricks. I’m not going to review the game after a single play. That’s not the point. The point is that it finally got played.
Did I like it? Sure. Was it the greatest game ever? No, but it was fun, and I was just so happy about finally getting to play it that I don’t know if I can even be objective about it. I will try it again at some point, maybe with four players instead of six, and then write a review if I feel like it.