There’s really something special about opening a game for the first time. I just recently opened a copy of Cleopatra and the Society of Architects, which is this amazingly heavy box of beautiful goober. Goober is a term I picked up from listening to The Spiel podcast far too often for my own good. It’s a term used to describe all the cool stuff that comes with a game.
I’ll admit that I’m pretty influenced by the amount of game goober, when it comes to the excitement of opening the box for the first time. It might not even be a great game, but if it looks really cool then I will be looking forward to opening it and getting it set up.
Other games, like Modern Art, for example, have very little goober and don’t even look that great when you open them. However, once I read the rules to Modern Art, I was excited about getting to play the game. Strangely enough, my wife also seems interested in playing Modern Art, much more so than she’s interested in Cleopatra and the Society of Architects. I think for her, the amount of stuff, or goober, in the game throws her off a bit. She’s not a big fan of complicated games, so I think she assumes that if there is a lot of stuff, then the game must be pretty complicated, which really isn’t that bad of an assumption.
Sometimes I actually delay the unwrapping of a new game just so I can savor the moment for a while. An unwrapped game is like a lottery ticket that you haven’t checked on yet. It’s pure potential, unfettered by any reality.
This is a silly post really, but hopefully, I’m not the only one that gets excited about this stuff.