Today I want to rekindle your love for board games – and for a reason: So much of our life has shifted into the digital space, not just since the pandemic. Between work, digital conversations, streaming, etc., we easily spend half of our waking life staring at some form of screen. Isn’t that insane?
It is quite obviously bad for our eyes, and also for sleep and creativity. And I feel that we increasingly risk losing our connection to the real world.
So as someone who has always loved gaming, I have taken at least that part of my life offline. And I can tell you: Board games these days have come incredibly far since our childhoods. Unfortunately, one of the best-selling games in history, Monopoly, is actually just really bad and to blame for millions of people not liking board games.
A new world of board games
However, there are now literally hundreds of fantastic board games out there for any age group and any level of experience – for competitive, cooperative, or even solo play.
Or maybe you want to work together to eradicate a constantly evolving, lethal virus threatening humankind? Then go get Pandemic Legacy
There are also two amazing YouTube Channels you can check out: Shut up and Sit Down and No Pun Included both do hilarious, informative board game reviews and have covered many of the games I recommended above.
Board games bring out a different side of you and your friends
This new generation of board games will challenge you, stimulate your creativity, make you laugh – and let you discover new things about yourself and the friends you play with. They create amazing shared experiences of joint success – or epic confrontation.And there now are great games for anyone, no matter their interests and budget.
Personally, I am a huge fan of the products from Chip Theory Games. Their games certainly are not for everyone: They are on the more complex side and quite expensive. In return, you get beautifully crafted fantasy worlds, unique characters, sheer endless replayability (including great modes for solo play), and outrageous component quality. And while it sounds silly until you have experienced it yourself, playing with neoprene maps and weighted poker chips adds immensely to the experience.
If you are not on a tight budget and feel like getting something extravagant for yourself and game night with your friends, you might want to have a look at this upcoming crowdfunding campaign for Too Many Bones: Unbreakable (#notsponsored). This is a fantastic role-playing game, where you and your friends develop your characters by unlocking more and more unique skill dice to try and save your home from evil tyrants.
Curious to learn more? Then check out my interview with Chip Theory Games Game Designer Josh “Ghillie” Wielgus, where we talk about his unique approach to making games and reveal an exclusive preview from Too Many Bones: Unbreakable.