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Why Your Board Game Collection Needs Some German-Style Games

Why Your Board Game Collection Needs Some German-Style GamesBoard games are big business now! I've been screaming this for so long that my lungs resemble two teabags flapping in a breeze. Excitingly, this means every week I get a tweet, email or text from someone who's started their board game collection.

I'm hoping that includes you, my favourite reader (I have other readers but you're the most beautiful, just fyi). But whether you've already bought enough board games to begin pointlessly re-arranging them, or your finger's hovering portentously over the Checkout button of your very first purchase, I want to share something.

When video gamers start buying board games, it's always the same. A big license with lots of plastic.Why Your Board Game Collection Needs Some German-Style Games I'm talking about the lacquered playing pieces of the Game of Thrones board game, maybe the interstellar douchebaggery of Battlestar Galactica, or possibly tactical misery simulator Chaos in the Old World, which offers the (potentially) breathtaking set-up of letting all of its players be the four Chaos gods of the Warhammer Fantasy universe. Failing that, it'll be something with sodding zombies.

It's as if our adult purchasing power was following some decades-late spasm of childhood. Intrinsically, there's nothing wrong with this.Why Your Board Game Collection Needs Some German-Style Games But picture me, the board game sage, whispering darkly from beneath my angular cardboard cloak: "No good will come of this."

The above are all great games, and they play an important role. If you're new to the hobby, if you lift a shrink-wrapped board game to your ear you'll hear your parents discussing what they did wrong. I know this. You need something really tempting for that purchase, and so you buy a license you love with glossy components.

These games are what the board game community calls "Ameritrash."

Why Your Board Game Collection Needs Some German-Style GamesThese games, by the way, are what the board game community calls "Ameritrash." But don't worry about that! It's a term of endearment. Nothing wrong with this at all.

It's simply that Ameritrash also focuses on an immediacy of entertainment, from unboxing the thing, to screwing over your friends, to rolling chunky handfuls of dice.

But where does it lead you?

Nine months from now, you wake up on the floor of your living room. You have a breathtaking hangover from the bottle of Jack you had to drink to make Tannhauser exciting. The stereo is playing the Star Wars soundtrack, even though your friends–-who are still here-–moved on to playing Star Trek: Fleet Captains hours ago.

Why Your Board Game Collection Needs Some German-Style Games Why Your Board Game Collection Needs Some German-Style Games

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What is the best board game for family

In my opinion, the best board game for a family is the classic board game Monopoly. Thank you very much for using

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What are the best family board games?

I have 4 kids and we like to play board games and card games, but do not have many to choose from. I always loved the game Scattergories and noticed that there is a jr. version? We have apples to apples and it is ok and this game called In a Pickle..also ok. We play a lot of dominoes-Mexican train and I have a couple the my 5yr old can play too like Pass the Pigs, Go fish, Life...My other kids are 14, 10,and 9. Any games that I should look into that would be fun for all of us or for the older 3 at least?

Monopoly is a little nature for a 5 year old. You can do hungry hippo for him and possibly scrabble? Pictionary is fun too.
My mom also brought home a colorful game. It's called Dutch Blitz. Basically it's a variation of Speed (card game) and its high paced. It's meant for 2-8 players. You can be on teams of two :)

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