Turn your tabletop into an entertainment destination
Games: They’re everywhere, from our phones and entertainment centers to our hall closets and toy chests. Games of all types entertain us and help pass the time — which makes them especially valuable in the age of COVID-19.
But games can also help us learn. Many are designed to help players learn to adapt, manage resources, create new strategies, think critically and more.
What follows is a list of different types of tabletop games, most of which can be played with a small number of players. You’ve probably played several of them in one form or another, maybe without even realizing it.
The point is, if you’re looking for something to do, now’s a great time to give a new tabletop game — or perhaps a very old game — a try.
Believe it or not, board games are some of the oldest games around, with some even depicted in ancient cave drawings.
According to the Denmark-based nonprofit Interaction Design Foundation article “A Brief History of Games,” the first recorded board game was called “Senet,” and was played in ancient Egypt more than 5,000 years ago. Unfortunately, none of the original owners kept the rules with their sets, so no one knows exactly how it was played.
Likewise, backgammon, created in Iran, has been around for millennia, as has an early form of chess, which popped up in Western Europe nearly 2,900 years ago. (Note: Some checkers enthusiasts also claim it has been around for 5,000 years, but several sources note that the first rules remotely recognizable to modern players didn’t arrive until the 12th century.)
Meanwhile, “Snakes and Ladders” a precursor to a number of commercial games available today, was invented in India in the 1500s.
Today, there are thousands of different board games to choose from, both old and new.
The latter half of the 2010’s have seen an explosion of new board games. Each year, major manufacturers release scores of new titles alongside games released by dozens of smaller companies (not including several successful crowd-funded titles). Worldwide, these game-makers made up a nearly $2.4 billion industry in 2018, proving that board games are universally popular and are likely here to stay.