What are Board Games?

Board games are a specific type of tabletop game that often include pieces or counters that are moved on a board according to a certain set of rules. Board games vary significantly in complexity with most including an element of chance, and some being based purely on chance.For example, many board games require players to roll a dice, which depends largely on chance, whereas others are more skill-based or focused on turn-taking.

There are many varieties and genre of board game for children. Some have no theme whatsoever and rely more on the gameplay itself, and others embrace a specific theme and narrative. Here are some examples of the different types of board game and some of their defining characteristics:

Abstract strategy board games

Require 2 players; 1 vs. 1

More reliant on skill than luck

No specific theme

Examples include chess and chequers

Cooperative board games

Players work together to complete an objective

Players play against randomised game mechanics

Role-playing games (RPGs)

Uses dice to randomise the mechanics of the game

Very thematic, often including fantasy elements

Relies on levelling mechanics so players can improve their character over time

How to play board games?

Rules for board games do not change very often, though some players like to bend the rules or come up with new ones. Let’s explore some favorite board games as well as a few card games and re-learn the rules while picking up a few strategy tips along the way.

Backgammon Rules and Strategies

Backgammon is a fun game for two people, but it’s easy to forget some of the rules if you don’t play enough. How to set up the backgammon board and use the doubling cube are two of the most common questions with this game. If you’re looking to up your game, be sure to brush up on some of the best strategies that will trick your opponent every time.

How to up Your Checkers Game

Checkers is a simple game, right? It’s a fun two-person game, but there are some things you should know. For instance, did you know that with the U.S. rules, you have to jump and capture a piece if you can? You’ll also want to have some key strategies on  your side. With a little extra knowledge, you can become the master of checkers in your home.

Do You Have a Monopoly Strategy?

Monopoly is a family favourite on game night and there are so many editions you can choose form. With the classic board, you can switch up the game by playing the actual rules or adding a few new ones. This board game can also last for a very long time though some editions are designed to speed up the play. You can also try to end the game faster by using some proven strategies. Your strategy may rely on owning the properties that everyone’s most likely to land on. Then again, you can simply play it like the ruthless billionaire you’re supposed to be.

Show off Your Vocabulary with Scrabble

When someone challenges you to a game of Scrabble, you had better have your wits about you because it’s going to test your vocabulary. This word game has been a favourite since it was created in 1948, and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. The key to winning at Scrabble is not necessarily how many words you know, but how you handle the letters you’re dealt. The real challenges come when you have a Q with no U or a rack full of vowels. Be on the lookout for those bonus squares because they can rack up the points.

Clue

Clue is the classic mystery game that asks ‘Who killed Mr. Boddy?’ It has been a party favourite since the 1940s, and it has evolved into a variety of editions. In general, your focus should be on gathering as much information as you can. The other stuff is pretty irrelecant, but the goal is to be the first person to figure out the murderer. Keep focused, and you’ll do just fine.

Risk: The Ultimate War Game

If you thought it took hours to play Monopoly, get ready for Risk. This classic war game is known to last for a very long time and there are a lot of strategies involved. You might even have to take a break from the game and prolong it into the next day. Just sure the board’s somewhere safe so the cat or your little brother don’t mess up the whole thing.

Board Game Events @ Epic ipswich

Saturday Family Board Games Night

Starts at 5PM

Entry is FREE

EPIC Ipswich has a wonderful kitchen, with meals, snacks, coffee and drinks available for table service – so you don’t even need to leave your game.

Feel free to bring your own board games with you or simply select from the games available to play onsite.

BOARD GAmes fun facts

The party game Uno has more than 50 versions. For instance, the game comes in a special deck of Avengers, Angry Birds, Doctor Who and the Simpsons, among others.

Monopoly celebrated its 80th anniversary in December 2015. However, the current version is different from the one originally created in 1903, in the USA. The game was a way to demonstrate that an economy which rewards wealth creation is better than one in which monopolists work under few constraints. It also promoted the theories of economist Henry George and his ideas about taxation and women’s rights.

During World War II, the Nazis let allies prisoners of war play board games. The British government was even allowed to send incarcerated soldiers a game or two. One of the games it sent was Monopoly. Instead of sending the game apparatus, the box contained tools for escape. The British government, with the cooperation of the game’s publisher (the Parker Borthers), hid a real bank note among the Monopoly money. Compasses, metal files, and a folded silk map were also concealed to help the POWs flee their captors. It worked; the soldiers escaped.

For Scrabble’s 50th Anniversary in 1988, a giant game was played in Wembley Stadium. Each time was six feet across.

In 2008, 3000 Monopoly fans around the world united to set the world record for the most people playing the game at the same time.

Board game resources

BoardGameGeek – A very useful website containg information about almost every board game ever created.

Wonder How to: Board Games – A great website with video tutorials on how to play many popular board games.

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