Top 5 Reasons to Geek Out about Board Games
September 04, 2013
So, let's play a game. I'm going to read your mind. Yes, for real. Okay, are you ready? When I say board game, what do you instantly think of? Got it? Yep, your brain said Monopoly. Or Clue. Maybe checkers. Candyland? Be honest, most of you thought Monopoly, didn't you? I knew it!
The short history is that board gaming has been around since at least 3500 BC and has gone through a lot of changes since then. In early U.S. history, board games were mostly designed to reinforce certain moral behaviors. These developed along with society into games that encouraged competition and capitalistic gain (thus, Monopoly). There was a noticeable decline in the popularity of board gaming in the second half of the 20th century, but the emergence of German-style board games (think The Settlers of Catan) in the U.S. caused board gaming to explode into something a lot bigger than the old classics as the 21st century began.
Popular games, now, frequently involve hilarious scenarios, complex strategies, detailed world building, and even cooperative play, among other amazingly fun traits. And in case you hadn't already figured this out, I am a huge geek for board games. Now, I give you my top 5 reasons that you should be one, too.
Erin's Top 5 Reasons to Geek Out about Board Games
- Where else is it acceptable for us to mercilessly kill bunnies, put kitties in a blender, and fling poo?
- Delicious food is frequently involved. (Mmm... popcorn, snack cakes, cheese dip, chocolate....) Don't ask me why. I guess lots of people just like to eat while they play board games.
- Winning at The Settlers of Catan, 7 Wonders, and Small World is the greatest feeling EVER!
- Gaming people are smart and fun. Wicked smart. And fun. :)
- One word - BRAAAAAAIIIIINS!!!!! (Zombie Dice, Give Me the Brain, and more!)
These days, you can find board gaming in a lot of places - your local book or game store, on computers or apps (these versions usually allow players to compete either against a standard computer opponent or against other people online), and even many Mid-Continent Public Library branches. This month, the following branches will all be hosting teen game programs:
- Boardwalk - Sept. 12, 6:00 p.m.
- Woodneath - Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m.
- Claycomo - Sept. 12, 7:00 p.m.
- Antioch - Sept. 16, 6:30 p.m.
Woodneath Library Center