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Why I Hate Video Tutorials for Board Games

"STOP!"

"Huh, my board game comes with a warning sticker."

"BEFORE YOU PLAY THIS GAME..."

"Is this board game seizure-inducing, somehow? It's not even Lazer Ryderz."

"...watch US play it! Go to YouTube to see our video tutorial!"

"What? No."

Why I Hate Video Tutorials

First: it isn't that I hate the tutorials themselves. It's that video tutorials come associated with a very specific side effect.

Tips for Running a Great Board Game Night

Even the news outlets are talking about it; board game nights are trending. In an age of digitally-enforced distance, seeing friends and family face-to-face can be the perfect way to renew bonds and rehash old times. But running a board game night can be pretty intimidating, especially if you aren’t an expert in the hobby. Here are some tips to get the games running smoothly.

The Good and Bad of Social Deduction Board Games

"I'm pretty sure you're the killer. I'm going to guess rope and spider."

"No."

"Damn it! Well, I'm still sure it's her. Guess rope and soap."

"No."

"Are you all going to keep burning guesses on my rope?"

"What do you mean 'you all'?"

"Yeah, if you weren't the murderer, you would have said WE, not YOU ALL!"

"That doesn't even make sense!"

The Five Best Board Games That I Hate to Play

Before I get a whole bunch of hate for this, let me preface it with this: these are some of the games that are most often requested by my group, and, consequently, these are games that I often teach. So even though I personally hate these games (and hate may be a strong word, it's more that I nothing these games), I still expose new people to them and respect their place in the hobby.

Are You "That Couple" When It Comes to Board Gaming?

You take out your newest board game, with a gleam in your eye. You know everyone's been waiting to play this -- and you got in on the Kickstarter. But suddenly everyone's averting their eyes.

"I don't know, Tom. It's a little late."

"It's 12:00. Noon."

"Well, I have to get up early for school."

"You haven't been in school in eight years."

"OK, fine. Truth be told, we hate playing with you two."

Oh no. You've become "that couple."

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