I grew up with them back in the 17th century and they were huge. Then video games turned up and dice & cardboard became as dead as dead.
Now, they are back big time. Not just the oldies (Cluedo, I'm looking at you) but the whole "euro" wave of games. Because, I think, they bring people together around a table (probably with beer and pizza, but you know, that's optional).
Me? I love dice & cardboard.
What about you?
Never died out for me as I've been active in board games all my life.
Currently attend a weekly board game group that meets at a local pub
A board game cafe just opened in town as well.
Hard to pick a favorite game as I enjoy the social interaction of the game. Can be just as happy explaining a game to newcomers as I am playing a game with others.
I teach high school, and frequently bring in board games for the students to play at lunchtime. The kids really like the social interaction of the games. Currently, I have a group playing a strategy game centered around the "Big Three" Allied leaders in WWII.
Oh gosh we always play these board games at the senior center, it can get cutthroat sometimes, we are not allowed to bring our canes to the table anymore. They had to ban gambling also, some people were betting their depends and losing, phew! Good games though; Chutes and Ladders, CandyLand , Game of Life, Operation, Battleship.
I love Scrabble. Learned bluffing at the feet of the Master: my older sister. Lynne used Latin roots of words to make up words that sounded real. She explained the meaning. Challenge her at your peril.
Ambi- both, ambidextrous
Aud- to hear. auditory, audience
Bene- good. benefactor, benevolent
To make the game faster with satisfying, high scores, we kids created the Miller Family Rules. I still play by those rules. Adults love it.
Purists would disapprove.
I never really had people to play with. Sure, I had Clue, trivial pursuit, scrabble, but they weren’t the same playing them alone. However, playing them alone, you learn to not favor the black checkers over the red, to remove emotion out of it. It’s hard to remove that bias, though. Play each side in checkers and try to set up a move that the opponent won’t counter. I think it may be impossible to play both sides to their fullest.
O' man ... I thought I was the only weird one left... Love board games, though didn't ever get to play them as much as I enjoyed doing so ... Video games, on the other hand, no sir, thank you very much, you can keep them. When I was in High school and college after that, way back in the Bronz Age, we played Risk, Diplomacy, Shogun, Junta, Kremlin, Conquest of the Empire, Axis and Allies, not to mention party games like Trivia, Scruples and, of course, card games, though I was never very good at Bridge. Also an avid chess fan ... and I've been amused to see a few friendships 'break-up' in Diplomacy...
It's not just that board games have come back (I question if they ever left), it's that they've evolved into a bit of a luxury. Kickstarter has some crazy examples of board games that can easily cost over $100 with elaborately molded figures, metal coins, and high-quality illustrations.
It's a welcome change, though my wallet may disagree. Fortunately, I live 4 blocks from a board game pub where I can go to play Scythe or Blood Rage and not have to buy those expensive games, though I honestly just spend the money I save on board games I want in my home.
I learned what good board and card games were like in the early '90s. Settlers of Catan kicked off a new interest, and I find it fascinating to see how games have evolved since then. I like both Euro and Ameritrash games.
Unlike most board game snobs, I do not hate on Monopoly. I do recognize it as not a great game, but I also know that it can be played within 2 hours if the rules are correctly followed.
17th century ehh? Anyway I like them, it is just hard to get multiple people together to all play a game they either know how to play and/or enjoy at the same time. Hence, online video games and player vs computer video games. However, games like Monopoly and Risk are not the same without the group, pizza, beer, and "other stuff".