Board games are now better than ever

Board games are now more popular than ever.  The pastime that was once associated with Christmases with the family, or nerds, now has something for everyone.

But how did this happen and how can we make the most of it?

Why are board games popular again?

The internet has helped make board games popular again.  Thanks to popular board game websites such as BoardGameGeek and word of mouth, ‘old-fashioned board games have acquired cult status and are growing in popularity’.  

When asked why board games are now being chosen over other entertainment such as movies or videogames, the answer was obvious.  It was for the personal connection that you could make with your friends or family that you were playing with.

This thinking is echoed by board game fans as well.

‘I found that designer board gaming held much of what I was looking for in a form of entertainment that video games quite often lacked: a personal connection’

Being able to see that you are playing with real people, to see their reactions to what you do and how you play, brings you closer.  Board games are a great way to create memories with others.  People used to ridicule those who played the seminal Dungeons & Dragons board game, but now everyone seems to have a favorites board game that they like to play.

What do board games of today look like?

They are no longer limited to titles such as Monopoly or Cluedo either, which means that more people are starting to notice them because there is a board game based on their favourite book, movie or TV show.

With many popular TV and movie franchises, and even videogames, being converted into a board game you can find a board game to suit all tastes.  Board games also have the unique ability to take players to fantasy worlds, into space, to the heart of their favorite movie or game show.  Part of the appeal of board games is that they can be quick games, if you do not have much time, or you can get board games that can last several days.

What types of board games are available?

There is something for everyone when it comes to picking a board game to play.  Adventure board games, like Sword & Sorcery, horror board games, like Cthulu Wars and even board games based on civil war, such as Last Chance for Victory.

Board games can be great fun when you get friends and family together and just start rolling the dice.  So why not give it a try?

Get together around a board game and have fun with friends and family

So, the next time someone mentions playing a board game, instead of thinking of being bored, as many used to do, give it a try.

There is no doubt a board game out there for you to enjoy playing with your friends or family.  And with many popular venues or restaurants hosting special board game nights it’s a great way to socialize and have fun too!

What is your favourite board game?
Perhaps check out our library to see if we’ve got it already
Comment @gogameout

Ian

References

“Board game are growing popular again” LA Times, updated November 2012.

“Board game categories”, Boardgamegeek, updated 2017.