Why Board Games Are Beautiful

The best thing about board games, hands down, is the people. I don't just mean the sorts of people who play board games, I mean that more broadly: Playing a tabletop or board game means spending time with your friends, your family, your loved ones. Board games are about people.

This video, from Shut Up & Sit Down editor and sometime Kotaku board game columnistQuintin Smith, is beautiful. It's also very sad. In it, he takes a pause from his site's usual run of (excellent) board game reviews and reflects on the recent passing of his father, as well as his favourite gaming memory.

He's absolutely right about what makes board games — and other types of games — special: Whether it's a crazy game of Risk: Legacy or a hilarious couple of hours with Divinity: Original Sin, the people we play games with share so much of our joy, and help us make memories that, clichés aside, will last for the rest of our lives.

If you wanted to share your own favourite gaming moment below, I wouldn't hold it against you. Be excellent to each other, y'all.


    It's not sad, or particularly significant, but it was sure as heck memorable. Last Night on Earth, 4 survivors and me as the zombie player. The humans had the truck keys, they had the gasoline, they had shotguns and chainsaws and, here's the kicker, TNT! They're surrounded and running for the truck, with one out then lobbing dynamite at the shambling horde as Johnny the quarterback sprinted towards them with the keys. Dynamite fail. Johnny dies. Truck is swarmed. No one left Timber Peaks that night. It was awesome. Best narrative gaming session I've ever played (and it was with an Ameritrash game!!!)

    My two main memories in gaming was playing with Gary Gygax in his home in Lake Geneva, WI in the early 70s one of the first times he played D&D before the books were printed. Ernie was to my right as Gary showed me how the game worked. Then decades later, it was he and I on the porch in his latter home playing the game Onslaught. The last time I saw him before he passed away.

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