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Family Board Games


Many have touted the revitalization of the family board game movement for its social aspects. In contrast to video games or television, which require participants to stare into a box, board games demand interaction and human connection between players.


Family-oriented social commentators have begun to praise board games and suggest them as a family activity. In harmony with the traditionally associated wholesomeness, these games also bring family members face-to-face and promote crucial parent/child interaction.


With family board games available for all age groups, children as young as 4-years-old can participate in games the whole family can also enjoy. Sites such as “Boardgames” and "FamilyBoard Games.com"have a large variety of such games and some larger retailers are now beginning to stock a wider selection of family games in response to this resurgence.


According to the Parent-Child Home Program: “Fostering verbal interaction between parents and their young children is a critical component of healthy and successful development. Formative research affirmed that this critical parent-child interaction could be strengthened by modeling reading, play and conversation for parents and children in their own homes.”


It’s not just parent-child relationships — many couples are finding gaming a way to grow closer and spend quality time together. Couples seeking quiet time together may choose to play a two-player game by themselves or they may elect entertain other couples in larger games.


Entertaining around family board games can provide a unique venue for conversation, interaction and engagement. A cheese platter, some wine and a table or two are all that are needed for board game party. A few fun and sophisticated games like the fast and easy tile-laying adventure “Carcassonne” or the sleuth-worthy “Mystery of the Abby” will make the evening complete.


Game designers have yet to achieve the near-rockstar status in the States that revered designers such as Reiner Knizia enjoy in Germany. There are not yet lines of fans waiting for the midnight release of Mayfair or Rio Grande’s newest game. But there is a major renaissance in American board game culture.


Small groups, large conventions, and online cadres of board game addicts all are becoming easier to find coast to coast. Perhaps it’s a good thing. Perhaps they’ll begin to say “low-tech is the new high-tech.” No one can say. But, thanks to the new breed of board games, all around America, gaming is slowly starting to come off the video screen and back onto the dining room table. For more please have a look at FamilyBoardGames.com.