Happy International TableTop Day! Why Are Board Games on the Rise? Here are a bunch of mainstream media articles to tell you what you are missing…
Board games are on the rise. Deal with it.
In case you have been asleep over say, the past 10 years, board games have gone mainstream and are very cool again. You may not have noticed that mainstream shops like Waterstones in the UK and Barnes and Noble and Target in the US have been carrying a selection of board games that are not retreads of the tired and not very good at all Monopoly, Cluedo, etc. for some time now. You may not have noticed that board game cafes are starting to pop up in major cities. You may not have noticed that board games have been featured as part of the story line in shows like the Big Bang Theory.
Well, today is International TableTop Day, an annual worldwide celebration of playing board games which was instigated by the good folks Geek and Sundry, led by none other than Will Wheaton and Felicia Day.
To help you understand and hopefully motivate you to join in the festivities, I’ve collected a number of mainstream media articles. These articles tell the story of what has happened in the board game industry and why the number of people getting involved in this awesomely fun activity is continuing to grow year on year.
Quite simply, the quality of games available has risen hugely compared to the same old dross being pushed by traditional publishers and people have realised that the social aspect of playing board games is a wonderful enhancement to the quality of their lives.
So, clear out your old copies of Monopoly, Cluedo, Game of Life, Uno, etc. and open your eyes to the truly wonderful world of the new age of board games!