Awhile back, I felt that our home was becoming too complacent. My son was playing with his toys, the wife and I were surfing the web on our own laptops while the TV was blaring in the background, mostly just for background noise. Each of us doing our own little thing. We were just kinda passing the hours off in our own little worlds. Then we rediscovered boardgames.
Boardgames can be the best way to interact with your family. It brings you together at a table to talk, laugh and enjoy each others company. At the same time your building on your close relationships and making new discoveries of how crafty and devious your partner can be as well as how much your child can rub their victory in your face. (Yes my four year old has done this on many occasions.)
We have started to bring our tabletop games with us to visits to our relatives homes so after we catch up we can have some fun together and not have to worry about teaching grandpa how to work the controller. Now we all can teach each other a new game or have fun with old classics as well.
One of the most amazing parts is you can really find some great deals on boardgames. Just go to your local Goodwill or other second hand stores. My wife found a forty five dollar Risk 2210 that had never had the games pieces removed from the hermetically sealed baggies for two dollars at a yard sale. (She gloats over that one to this day.)
There is a wide variety of games out there from child friendly to adult, from solo adventure games to party games. Not only are there some for all ages, but they have so many genres to choose from. From epic space sagas and super heroes to horror games and race cars. There are even games where the board itself is against you and you must all work together as a team to win or lose.
If your interest is peaked, go to your local game store and ask the friendly staff about a tabletop game that might suit your family’s age and interest. If you don’t have a local game store there is always the Internet. But do some homework first… it will save you money and keep you from selling a game in your yard sale for practically nothing.
Go to YouTube and search for board game reviews. There are plenty of ones to choose from and some are very professionally made. There is even a few series where they don’t review games but actually go over the rules and then play the game to give you a feel if the game would be right for your family. There is one called WatchItPlayed, and it is run by Rodney Smith and he brings his children and his wife in to play the game as a family. It truly an a wonderful show to watch, and very child friendly. Click the picture to check his channel out.
Tabletop games are fun, easy to pick up and most importantly… one of the best ways to have a wonderful evening with the whole family. I am a firm believer that the family that plays together stays together.