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Sorry! The Monopoly is at Risk: Why Now is the Best Time Ever to Play Board Games

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WHY NOW IS THE BEST TIME EVER
TO PLAY BOARD GAMES
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HI!
@jamiestrachan

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WHAT WAS THE LAST
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Sorry! The Monopoly is at Risk: Why Now is the Best Time Ever to Play Board Games

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Board games have changed since we were kids. The variety of games has never been greater and the quality has never been better. Whether you haven't rolled dice since playing Candyland or have permanently settled in Catan, come hear what makes tabletop gaming so awesome and leave ready to find your next favourite game.

Originally presented at Nerd Nite XLI.

Board games have changed since we were kids. The variety of games has never been greater and the quality has never been better. Whether you haven't rolled dice since playing Candyland or have permanently settled in Catan, come hear what makes tabletop gaming so awesome and leave ready to find your next favourite game.

Originally presented at Nerd Nite XLI.

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Sorry! The Monopoly is at Risk: Why Now is the Best Time Ever to Play Board Games

  1. 1. WHY NOW IS THE BEST TIME EVER TO PLAY BOARD GAMES THE IS AT
  2. 2. HI! @jamiestrachan
  3. 3. WHAT WAS THE LAST BOARD GAME YOU PLAYED?
  4. 4. DID YOU LAST PLAY… Risk Monopoly Sorry! Trouble Clue Candyland Game of Life Snakes and Ladders
  5. 5. THESE GAMES AREN’T GREAT Risk Monopoly Sorry! Trouble Clue Candyland Game of Life Snakes and Ladders little or no control minimal decision making long player elimination runaway leader
  6. 6. THINGS HAVE CHANGED
  7. 7. Released in 1995 22 million copies in 30 languages
  8. 8. Launched in 2009 3870 tabletop games funded $196 million with 93% completion
  9. 9. BUT WHY PLAY BOARD GAMES?
  10. 10. BOARD GAMES CAN BE COMPETITIVE
  11. 11. Avalon
  12. 12. BOARD GAMES CAN BE COOPERATIVE
  13. 13. BOARD GAMES CAN TELL GREAT STORIES
  14. 14. BOARD GAMES INVOKE IMAGINATION
  15. 15. BOARD GAMES ARE MALLEABLE
  16. 16. Jungle Speed
  17. 17. NOW WHAT?
  18. 18. WHERE TO LEARN
  19. 19. WHERE TO PLAY
  20. 20. WHERE TO BUY
  21. 21. ONE MORE GAME…
  22. 22. (Crazy) Coconuts
  23. 23. photo of us playing Coconuts
  24. 24. THANKS! @jamiestrachan

Editor's Notes

  • Only my second Nerd Nite
    Really loved the vibe and the topics
    Thanks Virve and Lauren for having me
  • Enough about me, let’s talk about you
  • Use the Monopoly auction rule
  • Released in 1995
    22 million copies in 30 languages
    (Minecraft has sold 20 million on PC)
    (If it were a video game, it would be in the top 25 best sellers all time)
    It’s actually good
    Paved the way for Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catan
  • Easier to find others that share a niche interest
    Blogs, review sites, YouTube channels
    Easier to buy and sell niche products
  • Easier to find others that share a niche interest
    Blogs, review sites, YouTube channels
    Easier to buy and sell niche products
  • Launched in 2009
    3870 tabletop games funded
    Tabletop games have received $196 million with 93% completion rate
    Video games have received $179 million with 85% completion rate

    http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/crowdfunding-is-driving-a-196-million-board-game-renaissance/

  • http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/crowdfunding-is-driving-a-196-million-board-game-renaissance/
  • More games, better games
    http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/designing-the-best-board-game-on-the-planet/
  • sure games can have winners and losers
    but even games like Catan and Ticket to Ride sometimes just feel like races to win first, not that you’re winning by getting other people to lose
    sometimes you want a game that really makes you feel like you won
  • all seemingly on the same team going off on missions for the king
    secretly some are traitors
    enough in the gameplay to allow for logical reasoning
    winning as a good guy means deducing who’s good
    winning as a bad guy means convincing everyone else of a logical explanation you know to be false
    especially fun when it’s your Mom
  • games can be cooperative in that you’re working together toward a common goal
    Pandemic, Forbidden Island
    I like cooperative games that emphasize communication
    Hanabi
  • all detectives trying to solve a case
    each have a clue
    gameplay is basically broken telephone
    there is a look that people get when they are desperately trying to wring information from their brains
    and then the crushing moment when they know it’s not going to happen
  • there are story telling games
    borderline RPGs
    Fiasco
    Dog Eat Dog
    games where story telling is a mechanic
    Gloom
    very thematic games
    Dead of Winter
  • homage to B horror movie tropes
    explore a haunted house with other adventures
    find items, trigger events
    at some point, The Haunt occurs
    you learn what’s really going on
    now one of your number is the head of a cannibal household and has brought you there to serve you for dinner
    not only are they trying to serve you for dinner, you realize you gave that character a shotgun two turns ago because they didn’t have a weapon
    not only are they trying to kill you with the shotgun you gave them, you gave them the shotgun because they had the best aim
  • even when games don’t have stories, they can suck us in
  • abstract about flying dragons
    first time we played, someone started making whooshing noises when they moved their dragon
    so we all did
    objectively this game is coloured plastic blobs and cardboard tiles with lines on them
    but we were a room full of adults making whooshing noises as our dragons flew around
  • games can have difficulty levels
    Pandemic, Forbidden Island
    games can have expansions
    Carcassonne
    but this is like video games
    where board games differ is that you control the rules
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RS6a6a4RJM4
  • Shut Up & Sit Down is so good, even the comments are good!
  • F2F at Woodbine + Danforth
    For The Win at Yonge + Lawrence
    Castle at College + Spadina
    S&L at Bloor + Bathurst, College + Bathurst
  • Internet (Amazon)
    Any of the board game cafes I mentioned
  • beer pong for kids
    use monkeys with spring loaded arms to lob coconuts into cups
  • three generations of my family playing Coconuts
    I haven’t been talking about games, I’ve been talking about moments
    Why is now the best time ever to play board games?
    I don’t know what the game is but there is a game that will give you one of these moments and it’s never been easier to find

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