Holy cow, I wrote a book!
Chess has become elevated to the gold standard of board games.
Everybody wishes their game had the cultural gravity
a game whose mere mention elevates you to the category
(We'll set aside the scrawny glasses-wearing nerd part for now.)
I've learned that
when somebody says a game is like chess,
it's pretty much guaranteed that the game in fact bears
no resemblance to chess whatsoever.
I came to this realization when somebody pulled out a game
with a strange-looking board with what looked like plastic
volcanoes glued to the surface, catwalks, and a lazy susan.
Each player was represented by a token, set in its respective
I asked, "Hey, what's this game?"
The person replied,
"It's a lot like chess.
roll the dice..."
(Translation from the German in that link above,
for those who need some help.)
[Raymond is currently away; this message was pre-recorded.]