- I haven't played nearly enough games published in the last 5 years.
- If I tried to write it, I was going to blow past my word count before even making it past games for 7-8 year old kids.
Retooling the idea for my personal blog, where I'm more comfortable writing about things I haven't played personally, didn't help much. But the idea spent most of a day taking over my brain, to the point of (nearly) interfering with work. And thus was born the notion of trying to run it as a blog carnival. The theme, and the categories for organizing it, came almost by themselves, although there are a few categories and some miscellaneous areas where I could use some extra help.
So, the basics...
A Holiday Feast of Gaming is a blog carnival whose goal is to create a "menu" of suggestions for those unfamiliar with hobby games and looking to purchase a gift for a loved one, library, or school. The feast theme and categories are inspired by the timing, since this will run from November 1 through November 29 (Black Friday).
The current proposed "menu" categories, and descriptions with examples are:
- Caterers (reviews of Friendly Local Game Stores -- a good FLGS owner is like a game sommelier)
- The Kids' Table (games for those ages 5 and under, like Chicken Cha Cha Cha or Loopin' Louie)
- Appetizers (light games that play in under 30 minutes and cost ~$20 or less). Examples include No Thanks!, Forbidden Island, or any of the Zombie Dice variants
- Side Dishes (light-to-medium weight games that are too big in time or price to be Appetizers). Examples include Carcassonne, Settlers of Catan, or Race to Adventure!
- Entrees (medium-to-heavy games). Examples include Puerto Rico, Power Grid, or Titan.
- Salad Bar (party games) - Apples to Apples, Wits & Wagers, Telestrations.
- Adult Beverages -- game that should not, for reasons of theme or content, be played around pre-teens. The prime example I can think of is Cards Against Humanity.
- I'd like a category to cover story games and RPGs, but can't think of what to call it.