We are experiencing a golden age of board games. I blame smartphones.
The mini computer you probably have in your pocket right now (and if not in your pocket, certainly within reach) is just short of a miracle. Nearly all of the world’s knowledge is available to you at any given moment:
Information is just the start. Phones keep us connected to fiends, family and co-workers far and wide. With just a tap we can see photos from the weekend at the beach or review the TPS report, properly stapled and ready for submission. It’s amazing.
However, every silver lining has its shroud of grey.
The connectedness can be relentless. The information can be addicting. Time spent “socializing” with countless people hundreds or thousands of miles away can feel…isolating. We yearn to disconnect from our phones and reconnect with our friends in a real, in-person way.
Enter board games. In 2016, Chris Reynolds wrote:
“We’re physical beings who like touch and tangibility, especially when engaging in shared activities. Companies are trying to replicate that by creating screens that vibrate when you touch them to try to give the person some sort of tactile feedback, but in a tabletop world you have that feedback right away. Handing someone cards, rolling dice, moving pieces on a board — these bring that game to life in a way that never happens if it’s just on the screen.”
Not only that, but playing together lets you see that smile that precedes a winning move, the cringe that accompanies and crushing defeat, and the laughter, chatter and sense of fun that happens in between.
Bored with digital games? Join the Board Game Resistance. Create fun, memorable times together.
May the dice always roll in your favor.