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5 Myths About Board Games



When you plan a weekend with your friends or a vacation with your family, are board games on your list? Or are you one of those who is hesitant to get back in touch with their childhood hobbies because of something or the other they keep hearing?

Board games are what provided us with the adrenaline rush back when we were younger. And for many of us, they still do. We look forward to weekends to have a long game of Monopoly with friends, or to bring out the old Chess board every time we visit our parents.

Honestly, I feel a little sorry for the people who decline invites to board games, saying it’s not for them. They’d rather go out for a match of Squash. Then there are people who believe that digital games are the ultimate future.

Given below are five most common myths about board games that you might have heard from someone in your workplace, or an old friend, that holds you back, dispelled.

  1. Board Games Are For Children

People go around saying it’s exhausting. What makes them fit for children but not for adults? Are they very childlike and require no mental effort? I think not.

Board games such as Chess are so complex that bright adults could lose a match within seconds. While it’s true that some board games have simpler rules than others, they all follow logic and have established rules that the players have to follow.

Also, the fact that both children and adults can play them, make them accessible to a larger age-group.

  1. Board Games Require A Specific Audience

Any regular gamer knows that’s not true. In fact, board games are the most flexible kind of game. Unlike outdoor games, they do not require any specific physical talent or experience.

They’re different from video games that only few people can enjoy. Not all of us can sit with our families to play PUBG. But you can play board games like Ludo or Chinese Checkers with friends and family alike.

Board games are easy to learn, and are immensely enjoyed by all once they get a hang of it.

  1. Only The Winner Enjoys Board Games

If you’re not a sucker for the wins, you are going to enjoy the board games in all likelihood.

That is the essence of board games. They’re more about playing than about winning.

There’s always that one person who only wants to win, and he’s roasted by the whole group the entire time. That’s where all the fun lies.

  1. Board Games Stretch Too Long

I agree that there are some board games that you must pick up only when you know you are in no hurry. A Monopoly match most likely takes hours to finish.

But if you have limited time or are waiting for something or someone, you can always pick board games that are shorter to pass the time. There’s a wide variety of those as well.

For instance, a match of Ludo lasts barely 25-30 minutes.

  1. Board Games Involve Too Many Rules

I have to ask you this: Which game doesn’t have rules?

Also, will playing a game without rules be any fun?

There are thousands of board games. Among them, some are more complex than the others. But in their defense, these games are enjoyed more than their simpler alternates as well.

I believe that you get the hang of any game as you start playing it.

However, for those of you who want to play a board game but cannot quite get a grasp of how it works, you can learn it from YouTube. There is a lot to watch in order to learn the how-to of board games.

There. I hope I’ve been successful in eliminating all fears and hesitations from your minds regarding board games. Go buy yourself a board game you think you’ll like today and get on with it.

Mudassar Hassan brings 8 years of experience in helping grass roots, mid-sized organizations and large institutions strengthen their management and resource generating capacities and effectively plan for the future. He is also a mentor and professional advisor to artists working in all disciplines. He is also the gold medalist from Abbottabad University of Science and Technology in the Bachelors of Sciences of Computer Science and recently Graduated from the University of Bolton with Masters in International Management.