Making Time to Play (Board Games)

My board game collection

Some people display china in the dining room. We display board games

This post is part of the summer showcase.  To read the rest of the posts in the series, click here

I spent last week playing board games.

Ok, if you want to get technical about it I also played some Role-Playing games and walked from one end of the Greater Columbus Convention Center to the other, but mostly I played board games.

Unless you are also a hobby gamer, that may seem like a strange way for a grown woman without children to choose to spend her vacation.  But that’s only because I know something you don’t know:

There is a whole class of board games targeted toward adults and families that you won’t find at the local Wal-Mart.  These games bear little resemblance to games like Sorry, Chutes and Ladders or even Risk (ok, some of them are a little like Risk).

My initial plan with this post was to spend some time telling you how beneficial gaming is to my life and why you should consider spending some of your cognitive surplus playing games.  That post was boring even to me, so we’ll skip that and move right to the part where Wil Wheaton teaches you how to play one of my favorite games, Settlers of Catan, and then plays with his friends. (Think Celebrity Poker Showdown only more awesome.)

Ready to Play?

If you are ready to discover for yourself how board gaming can enhance your social life and strengthen your relationships, Settlers of Catan is a great place to start.  You can also check out other games played on TableTop.

Happy board gaming!

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