We love game night. And though we want more people to love it, we realize that many people will take one look board games and think, Game night? Lame night.
Ouch! It’s true, some people just aren’t gamers. But more people would enjoy it if they would try it. If it’s something that’s crossed your mind, even once, why not just take the leap? You won’t regret it.
If you’re still holding back or have some doubts, let’s put those to rest. Here’s three myths we find are the biggest reasons why people don’t try.
Myth #1: Board Games Are For Children
Sure, there are board games for kids and some of the ones we recommend can be played with your kids. But many board games are for adults! Here’s a description from one of our favorite games, Pandemic:
Four diseases have broken out in the world and it is up to a team of specialists in various fields to find cures for these diseases before mankind is wiped out. Players must work together, playing to their characters’ strengths and planning their strategy of eradication before the diseases overwhelm the world with ever-increasing outbreaks. But the diseases are outbreaking fast and time is running out: the team must try to stem the tide of infection in diseased areas while also towards cures.
Does this look like it’s for a three year old? Maybe, if you’re three year old is the next Doogie Howser. But this game wasn’t made to appeal to kids. It’s a fun scenario for a great adult game.
Myth #2: Board Games Are Too Complicated
Let’s get something straight: board games don’t have to be complicated.
There are many great games that are really simple to learn and easy to set up. If you’re worried about the games being too complicated, take our survey and look for games that are listed as easy to learn. We recommend Forbidden Island, King of Tokyo and Tsuro, for great easy-to-learn starter games.
Yes, there are the eight hour games with 7,000 pages of rules. But many are not. We prefer the shorter games over the longer more complicated games, 99 out of 100 times.
Myth #3: Board Games Are Boring
Does the idea of spending time with your friends, laughing and joking sound boring? Does chilling out with your favorite snacks and drinks with some of your favorite people sound uninteresting? I thought not.
Board gaming is largely about the people. It’s a social occasion. It’s different than computer gaming because you have to get together, in the same room, to play.
Games themselves have a lot to offer as well. Creative problem solving, push your luck moments, and plenty of opportunities to mercilessly mock your friends. But it all boils down to being with friends or meeting new people.
It’s like playing sports together. It’s like grilling with something fun to do while chowing down. Poker without the gambling. That’s what board games bring to the table, so to speak.
There you go. Three misconceptions abolished. Now go take that leap. Take our survey, find a game you like and try it out. If you have questions about how to get started, post a comment below, or Ask a Guru, and we’ll get back to you.