Bored Games

Board games, bored gamers

The GaMERCaT is an adorably funny video game-inspired webcomic by Samantha Whitten.

I don’t like board games.

Mind you, I have nothing against them. Many people love MonopolyClueSettlers of Catan, and, um, whatever else is popular these days. Board games bring people together in fun, laughter, and friendly competition. To everyone who enjoys board games, I have this to say: Good for you.

I just don’t like ’em.

To be honest, I’m not entirely sure why I detest board games. I played my fair share as a kid, and enjoyed them. Somewhere down the line, I guess, I ran out of patience. Starting a board game demands an implicit commitment to finish it, and I don’t want to become stuck in a long session of Monopoly or Settlers of Catan.

Board games encourage fun and fellowship, sure, but so do many video games. I’ll take a few rounds of Mario Kart or Super Smash Bros. over a board game. There is, however, one series I’ll always avoid: Mario Party titles. These are basically board games in video game form, trapping players in tedious sessions of rolling digital dice and moving around a virtual game board. Meh.

Board games, bored gamers, am I right?

…I’ll show myself out.

3 thoughts on “Bored Games

  1. At the risk of sounding confrontational, have you played any of the following:

    7 Wonders
    Agricola
    Coup
    Dominion
    Hanabi
    Love Letter
    Munchkin
    Power Grid
    Smash-Up
    Terra Mystica
    Ticket to Ride
    Two Rooms and a Boom

    I’ve only played half of those, myself, but I find that for most people, the difference between liking board games and not liking them is finding that first one that you really enjoy. Settlers of Catan is definitely a good candidate (I think it’s the single most popular “new age” board game), but Clue and Monopoly are considered pretty meagre by modern boardgamers.

    • The only game on your list that I’ve played is Munchkin; I had never heard of the others. Munchkin was pretty fun. I really enjoyed its offbeat humor, but it isn’t a game I would go out of my way to play again.

      I suppose, if I ever play another board game, it will be for the sake of spending quality time with friends… not because, y’know, I actually want to play it. 😛

      • Well, that IS arguably the only reason to play a board game in the first place (single-player board games exist, but they’re rare).

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