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Board Games & Me: The Lost World

It's fun to look at how board games were marketed in eras past. Sadly, "3D gameboards" and "figures," rather than solid mechanics, are still determining which games appeal to the unwashed masses. Points if you know what I'm referring to.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park: Game, from 1996.

Here we are at the end of the road — hm, scratch that — at the end of the onramp that set me on a lifelong Board Game Highway. I’d already decided I liked at least the social aspect of board games thanks to Risk, and later that I was fascinated by their components thanks to Forbidden Bridge. I still hadn’t found the right game though, the one that was more than just a social catalyst or pretty components, that would convince me that board games were more than a once- or twice-a-year hobby. I hadn’t found the one that was good.

Sometime around 1997, I found it. If the header image is broken, read on to discover what it was.

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Board Games & Me: Forbidden Bridge

After my original was tragically lost, I won this one in a particularly intense Ebay bidding war.

Forbidden Bridge, the jewel of 1992.

After being bored out of our minds retrying Risk last week, I promised this time we would play something fun — and I’m making good on that promise with Forbidden Bridge, the first board game I ever begged my dad to get for Christmas (I think I asked for the Game of Life a few years earlier, but we’re going to pretend that never happened. We only played it twice, so it functionally didn’t).

Forbidden Bridge is amazing, despite not being that great a game. I’ll explain why.

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