When I was ten, I couldn’t stand board games. This was largely because I wasn’t very good at them; it was also because they were, well, a bit boring. Games like Monopoly or Cluedo took far to long to play – you seemed to spend the whole time rolling the dice and moving slowly around the board (where else than Cluedo does it take twenty minutes to get from the bedroom to the kitchen?). They also looked really old fashioned – some of them hadn’t changed their designs since the early 1960s. Back when I was in Year 5 (yes, I know that’s before Mr Williams was born) I would much rather play football, draw a picture or play Subbuteo (google it kids!) than face up to an evening of board games.
I’ve been thinking about board games recently because, like everyone, I’m having to spend a bit more time indoors with my children. The thing is, now I’m forty three, I love board games. This is mostly because board games have got better. If you’d asked ten-year-old me to make a prediction, I would’ve said that by 2020 board games would’ve been killed off by computer games – we’d be too busy assassinating space zombies in 3D on our Playstation 9’s to waste time with bits of cardboard (mind you, I’d also have said that we’d all have our own personal lightsabres and be travelling to school on hoverboards, so maybe I wasn’t the best of forecasters). Instead, computer games have forced board games to be more creative and unusual, and they now involve a lot more than rolling a dice and sliding down a snake. I play games where I have to pilot a spaceship (Galaxy Truckers), build an empire (Settlers of Catan) and lead a medieval army into battle (chess). And yes, I’m still not very good at them, but that gets (slightly) easier to take with age.
So although I’m missing some of the outdoor events I’m used to (particularly the sports), I’m enjoying the chance to play a few more games.
In the comments, it would be great if you could share the board games that you enjoy playing.