No matter if you’re young or old, there are many games which bring a lot of fun to your family. A lot of families like playing activities involving cards. Others get hours of fun playing classic board games for all the family. Board games are a great way to spend a few hours with your family. It is easy to keep everyone happy as there are so many it’s impossible not to find one you all can enjoy. When you find the perfect one for your family, you will be surprised at how quickly the hours pass by playing a great board game. You will definitely have a great time playing but we can’t guarantee there won’t be fights though!
The history of board games date back thousands of years to the ancient Egyptians who enjoyed a game called Senet. Every society and civilization has a history of board games. Boards were made by etching the guides or grids into stone, leather or wood. These days most boards are rectangular or square in shape and made from modern materials such as plastic. They can be easily folded up for easy transportation and are perfect for taking on family holidays.
A player uses pieces or counters to move on a pre-made board. Before starting the game, each player must choose their preferred piece. There are genres to cater for all tastes. Rules can be extremely complex such as those found in strategy games or very straightforward with only one or two key rules.
Each board game has its own conditions for winning but the majority share some basic rules. Some games are based purely on strategy where you must out think and outperform your opponent. On the other hand, there are games involving rolling dice which are all down to luck. Many original games were battles between two armies and most modern games are still based on defeating your opponent using the number of counters, attaining a position or receiving points.
Of course, learning anything new takes time and it depends on the game how long. Mastering some board games can literally take years but in general all have simple, basic rules. On the other hand, there are some games which have complicated rules but can be easy to play. A great advantage to playing is that beginners can often just jump straight in after learning the main rules. For beginners, it is common to develop your own strategies whilst playing.
A few great examples that most families will either have or have heard of are chess, checkers and monopoly. All three are simple to learn for everyone including children, but can become more complicated the more you learn. In the case of monopoly, close games can last for hours and seem never ending. Creating a timer in order to have a definite finishing time is a great idea for people concerned about a never ending session. Take care of any cheating, not unheard of in fun, casual family events. It’s your turn!