Playing a Board Game Using Your Color
Do you have a favorite color? I think most people would name one if asked. Mine is green. I even have a second-favorite color. It’s blue.
I play most board games using red.
Yeah, go figure. I remember when I was young thinking it was my least favorite color.
It just sort of happened that, when I started playing Eurogames about four years ago, I found myself often playing with the red bits. After a critical number (no idea what that number is) of games using the red pieces, I found there was no turning back. I just had to use red whenever it was available. The vast majority of board games do use red bits, so it’s usually an option (unless my sister is one of the players).
So what happens when I can’t play with the red pieces – either because there aren’t any (like in Hansa, which is not to be confused with Hansa Teutonica) or because someone else already chose that color? Well, I’ll pick green or blue or black or orange or naked (wood grain or unpainted) or whatever is still there, but it’s almost a sure bet that at some point in the game I’ll pick up or move down the scoring track or take back someone’s red bits by mistake.
What do you do when you can’t play a fun board game with your color? Same as me? Do you pout? Do you throw a hissy fit? (Do you know someone who does?) Do you refuse to play?