As we all process the news of Paul leaving SU&SD (and certainly best wishes for him and whatever he chooses to do), I’m sure I’m not the only one reminiscing about how we got introduced to SU&SD and how influential it was in our pursuing the board gaming hobby…
So, my question to you…what is the first game that you purchased based on Shut Up & Sit Down’s coverage of it? Was it a game that you weren’t familiar with? Was it a game that you knew about but needed the nudge of a comprehensive review to get you to plunk down your hard earned cash?
I’ll tell you mine. It was “Jazz–The Singing Card Game.”
Found in the video review of “1812: The Invasion of Canada”, they take a break to play this delightfully silly card game, where you have to play a sequence of cards featuring jazz scat syllables and repeat them in order or be forced to keep the stack.
I saw this in 2015…when I was in the hospital and needing a webseries to keep my mind off of chemotherapy and all that comes with it. A nurse on my wing found out that I liked board games and pushed SU&SD hard on me–that I couldn’t live on just Beer & Board Games and The Dice Tower alone.
I think this might have been the first SU&SD video I saw (I’d catch up over time. )…and I immediately tracked down the manufacturer who directed me to a UK-based game store and ordered both that and the similar “Them’s Fightin’ Words” (and paid way too much in shipping to get it to me in Seattle.)
The manufacturer has tried to kickstarter a few more games–I’ve backed them all because that way I could get more copies of Jazz & TFM–because everyone I’ve played them with wants their own copies…but none of them got funded.
Jazz is available via Amazon.co.uk–but they won’t ship to the US… I’ve got one copy in the home of a UK-based friend who promises to bring it with her the next time she visits the US (or she’ll give it it to me if I ever get myself back to the UK.)
…and I have SU&SD to thank for that.
It would definitely NOT be the LAST game that SU&SD convinced me to buy…but it was the first.
How about you? What was the first game SU&SD convinced you that you needed to own?