My parents played a few games with me growing up. They got into Tetris when I was very young, and they always played pinochle when older family members visited. The occasional round of Scattegories or Bananagrams took place, but really, we weren't a particular game-focused household. I always wanted my parents to play Magic or Warcraft II with me, but they just couldn't feign the interest.
It's not going to be that way for my son. At seven months old, I'm already giving him Magic cards to chew on, and so far, it appears he's a little red mage:
My biggest fear is that as I transition from a Young to an Old, I will lose interest in games. Really, though, this seems pretty unlikely, considering I've been gaming for literally my entire life. If anything, the more likely thing is that my son rebels against me by declaring his hatred of games: "It's not a phase, Dad! This is who I am now!"
Anyway, Brainstorm Brewery writer Douglas Johnson shared a nice story on Reddit today about meeting up with some gamer parents looking to beat their 14-year-old at Magic. It's a pretty funny and inspiring story for those of us with families (or with the intention of having families someday). You should check it out, and while you're at it, check out DJ's archives on BSB. He's always good for learning something new, and I actually referenced one of his articles today to find a good deal on supplies.
Questions I have for you all:
- Did your parents play games with you as a kid? Which ones? Did they introduce you or did you introduce them?
- For the parents out there, what are some of the first games you introduced to your kids? When did you start with MTG?
Personally, I'm looking forward to Mice and Mystics in three or four years. I've heard good things about that being enjoyable for hardcore gamers while also great to introduce kids to the hobby. Let me know your experiences below!