Following the release of the Library Journal article on “Gateway Boardgames”, I believe it is a good time to write about springboard games (free translation of “Gateway Games”). ) in libraries.

The springboard games are board games that serve as both initiation to board games being very accessible, that is to say fast to play and with simple rules, while offering an interesting challenge through their great replayability .

The majority of the current trampoline games are based on the great principles of the German games, which appeared during the 1980s and 1990s. The latter are also called “eurogames” or “designer games” because of the emphasis placed on the name of the designer on the game box. Here are some great basic concepts of this type of games:

Players only interact indirectly . In many of these games, the main strategy of the game is to restrict the actions of other players without targeting them directly.
The German games prioritize strategy on chance as well as economic themes on military themes.
The rules of these games are quite simple and the game time is quite short (between forty-five minutes and an hour and a half).
They target a clientele of young adults , but can be played at all ages (except young children).
The game ends at the same time for all players. (Unlike classics like Monopoly and Risk)
According to board game specialists, three games come up frequently when it comes to talking about springboard games (placed here in order of personal preference):

The Rail Adventurers
In this train game, players have to connect cities to achieve secret missions. But beware, the number of roads is limited and all players are trying to grab them
In this game, players build the landscape of the city of Carcassonne as and when the game. By taking control of the new territories, players must make sure to strategically extend the contours of the city.
The Settlers of Catania
In this game with economic flavor, players accumulate resources near their cities. By exchanging their resources with other players, players understand the concept of the law of supply and demand.
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The last of these games, the Settlers of Catania, begins to show signs of age (it dates from 1995) and seems destined to lose its place in this triumvirate of springboard games. Two games are more and more likely to become the next representatives.

Without being as representative of the German games as the first three, Blokus offers a nice entry into the world of board games because of its extreme simplicity. Players must place their coins over most of the territory before other players.
Most recent game on the list, Dominion already enjoys great popularity in gaming circles. The objective, a little abstract, is to build a library of cards representing the parts of a kingdom. Calling for notions of statistics, players must properly increase their treasure, territory and building ratios.
All these games are pretty good for libraries. The only problem is the number of hardware components (the famous parts), but this is an intrinsic problem with any library board game offer.

In my opinion, all libraries offering board games should have a copy of these games as well as a person with basic knowledge of their rules.

Looking forward to seeing each other again on a springboard game with a good bottle (if it’s in the library, forget the bottle).