I like to talk about tabletop games, so hopefully you’ve got some time on your hands and an interest in games, too. I thought I would try to narrow down some genres or broad types of games and suggest some specific titles so you can head on down to your Friendly Local Gaming Store(FLGS) and pick one or more up. Most of these will suggest having 3-5 players and a person to administer the game rules and be the Game Master. Don’t let that go to your head — it’s nothing special; but you should have a good understanding of the rules, the feel, and overview of the game world you’ll be playing in.
Oh, and possibly huge piles of dice, depending on the game.
So on to genres: you have traditional Fantasy, Contemporary action/adventure/espionage/military, Historical/period Adventure, Horror, Humor and Satire, Science Fiction, and Superhero. Of course, you can always head over to your FLGS and ask their advice for game recommendations.
By the way, don’t discount any of the folks playing in there or browsing through the shelves, either. Some of the best info I’ve gotten has been through casual conversation about a game I saw someone looking through and I asked for their input. Seems like a lot of “I” in there, doesn’t it? Well most of my gaming has been self discovery, except for the initial run-in with Dungeons & Dragons at my friend’s birthday party (you remember that article, right?). After that, it was on to some sci-fi, more fantasy, and a bit of superhero gaming. Each game has something different besides the genre — the rules, the setting, the focus and the mechanics. Most of the games you can fiddle with whatever you want so that it can fit your needs; i.e. the number of players, using maps and miniatures vs theater of the mind, or hacking the rules to encompass a whole other genre. There are systems designed to be broad and generic to handle multiple genres and settings such as GURPS, Savage Worlds, FATE, Storyteller System, and most recently Monte Cook’s Cypher System. So, on to brass tacks: I would pick what interests you most and narrow down from there. If you’re a big Star Wars fan there are new and old games based directly on that — it’s the same for a lot of other fantasy and sci-fi properties out there. If your FLGS doesn’t carry exactly what you are looking for, then there are the online markets: Amazon.com, Ebay, NobleKnight.com, to name a few. Pester your twitter followers for suggestions as well as your Facebook friends and Google+ circles. Heck, ask me @Mumphry999 if you like. Stop by a game store, watch or sit in on a game.
Please feel free to post your favorite game titles or books or movies that you think deserve their own game, maybe they’re already out on the shelves somewhere just waiting to be picked up and played!