Take a moment and enjoy the game

Brent | February 24, 2017

Over the years I have come to notice something about some of my friends, While they love games, sometimes they love the idea of playing a whole bunch of them in one night. The idea of playing just one game in an evening almost seems ridiculous. They seem to be of the idea that a good night is equal to the amount of games you can smash through but for me, the opposite is actually the case.

For me, I like to lose myself in the storyline, to lose myself in what is happening on the board and suspend my reality for just a few moments. One of my pet peeves of late is the lack of attention that a game deserves. I'll give you an example, when playing a game that has a player playing cards from their hands, for me the fun comes from explaining my actions and seeing what plays out, but for others I have noticed it is all done in their head before hand and it all just kind of get dropped on the board and suddenly its the next players turn.

Maybe its my old Magic days that have conditioned me in such a way but I just feel like this is counter to what board gaming is supposed to be. Games are supposed to take us out of our solitary mindset and bring us together, enjoying the experience as a group. Maybe I am your opponent, and for you to know how I'm thinking might give you insight into how to beat me, but thats ok.

Games for me aren't about the victor, but rather the experience. I'm not saying my way is right and anyone elses is wrong. I'm just saying take a moment and maybe think, "could I be enjoying this a bit more, if I just take a step back and breath in the experience ?"

What's your opinion? Do you find yourself rushing through one game to get to the next? Is this how you find joy in a game? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below and please like us on Facebook, Google+ and Instagram!


Brent is the founder of OzBoardGamer, he has a passion for the hobby and especially loves games for 2 to 5 players

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