Series: The Value of Board Games

Board Games are Play

We exist in a world full of serious and important things to occupy every waking (and sometimes sleeping) moment. Trust me, I feel the weight of it. I’ve got a pregnant wife, three boys four and under, a full-time job, and a house to take care of. There is plenty of pressure for me to seize every moment in order to accomplish everything that needs to be done. But the busier my life has become the more I see the value in making some time to play. Yes, this article is about the value of board games as play,...

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Board Games Teach

Whether young or old, learning should be a constant presence in our lives. One of the best ways to learn is to play. Just look at the massive amounts of learning our kids do as they grow – most of it is done through play. And play is not just for kids. We play to learn for several reasons: 1) we learn better when we are having fun, and 2) play gives us a safe place to try things and ideas out before having to do them in real situations. You know where I’m going with this. The title...

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Board Games are Secondary

This post started its life with the title “The Primacy of Board Games”. They are my chosen hobby so of course I want to put them in the primary bucket of life. But, if I am honest (and responsible), board games really don’t fit into that primary bucket. It’s already pretty full. In fact, if something major happened in my life, board games would be one of the first things sacrificed. At first, this might seem like an inditement of board games as a hobby. Not so fast. Not everything has to be primary or important to be valuable. In...

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