Quintin Smith (of Shut Up & Sit Down
) argues that we're entering a golden age of boardgames
(45m Vimeo talk).
Certainly there's a lot going on in the boardgaming sphere right now. In addition to Shut Up & Sit Down, you could peer at:
-The Cardboard Children
column at Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Written by Robert Florence, it seeks to provide recommendations for games informed by Mr. Florence's personal taste.
-The Starlit Citadel
YouTube channel, presented by Kaja Sadowski and Joanna Gaskell. Their reviews tend towards an in-depth explanation of the game's rules taking up most of the review time, followed by a shorter segment where both women discuss what they like about the game and any possible pitfalls or shortcomings.
-The Dice Tower
, another YouTube channel. This one features Tom Vasel, Sam Healey, and Zee Garcia in a more conversational format. Their sort of signature thing is a variety of top ten lists, such as the top ten games not to play with an angry person
or the top ten cooperative boardgames
, a show run by Wil Wheaton on Felicia Day's Geek and Sundry
channel on YouTube. Mr. Wheaton plays a variety of boardgames, cardgames, and so on with some of his friends like the aforementioned Ms. Day, Nathan Filion, Sean Plott, and others.
, an enormous site with subforums to find local gaming groups
, trade games
, discuss specific games, and so on. Previously
Recent standout releases are games such as Skulls & Roses
(pure bluffing and reading your friends), Cyclades
(strategy and bidding), Android: Netrunner
(an asymmetrical constructed deck game without the stratospheric expense of a collectible card game), and King of Tokyo
(yahtzee dice-rolling around a theme of irradiated, rapidly mutating monsters competing to destroy Tokyo). There're tons of others (tons!), which means there's almost certainly something
you can find that will bring a bunch of friends or family around the table to have some fun together.