Bored? Games!

boardgamesBoard Game Night at Duncanville Public Library Provides Opportunity for Quality Time
By Scott Hansen

DUNCANVILLE, TX – Some of my fondest childhood memories are of my family and me sitting at the table playing board games such as Candy Land, Clue and Monopoly.
These classics taught me skills like deduction and strategizing that would prove useful in my adult life. It also strengthened the family bond like few other activities could.
The Duncanville Library has a board game night that gives families an opportunity to spend quality time together and create memories that will last a lifetime.
The board game industry has seen a resurgence in the past several years, with a new crop of what are being called ‘designer games’. As video gamers get older, the trend is to get off the couch and join gaming groups that meet at restaurants and conventions. Board games are more tactile than video games and offer a much more satisfying social expereince. The popularity of crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter have also allowed many smaller game companies and even individuals to produce many excellent games.
These new games are not only for adults, but for children and families. Some parents want to spend time with their children, but find the games they grew up with too simple and hard to keep engaged with. Designers with small children have been very ingenious and created games that will keep players of all ages interested and having fun. Playing a game like ‘Rhino Hero’ or ‘Animal Upon Animal’ will give adults a challenge, I can assure you.
Dallas is becoming a hub in the board game industry. Companies such as Foxtrot Games and Queen Games are creating award-winning games. Groups such as the Dallas Designer Group and the Dallas Games Marathon are actively working to increase awareness about the new designer games while helping charities in the process.
Contact the library for more details about the next board game night, and stop by Duncanville Book Store to check out their growing inventory of board and tabletop games. I suggest you try Ticket to Ride, Patchwork or Splendor with your kids and see how board games have come of age!