Anonymous asked in Games & RecreationBoard Games · 1 decade ago

What makes a board game really good?

Also what's you're favourite board game?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    There are several key factors that contribute for a great board game.

    * Replayability - no game should ever be the same, otherwise you'll get bored; this is usually solved with different starting locations, different starting powers, randomly generated board, etc.

    * Interesting theme - makes the game stand out in a crowd.

    * Exciting rules - because emotions is what the game is about. The best game rules could be described as "fast, fun and furious". Perhaps omitting the furious part.

    * Nice look - it's not THAT important, but a ugly looking game scares away people; so called "American style" games are famous for their great looks (but sometimes criticized for uninteresting gameplay).

    * Balanced game mechanics - so the gameplay seems fair for all the players, and there is no simple winning strategy.

    * Good level of interaction - this is a hard one; basically, you'll find that "European/German style" games have a lower rate of interaction between players, which can be a issue for some gamers. On the other hand, not everyone likes games based around conflict and fighting with other players. Make your own pick.

    * Easy to learn, hard to master - one of the best games in the world are based on this simple principle. The more complicated the rules, the more probable you'll get bored before finishing the manual. Not to mention all the mix-ups and bookkeeping during play.

    * Number of players - a good game has a mechanic for scaling the game according to the number of players. Some games omit this concept and tend to work good only with a certain number of players

    * Playing time - this is also an important factor. Short, party games (sometimes called "filler games") usually take from 15 to 45 minutes. The best playing time for bigger games is from 45 to 120 minutes. Of course, there are games that can be played for 6-8 hours, but not everybody has the time and desire to spend half a day playing board games.

    Also, there are some things you'd like to avoid in a board game:

    * Snowball effect - when the leading players earn even more points/resources that allow them to win easily

    * Kingmaking - when a loosing player can decide over a tie between wining players

    * Analysis paralysis - when the game is overcomplicated and it takes a long time to figure out which move to take

    As for my favorite board games: Power Grid, Attack!, Citadels, and Starcraft: the Boardgame.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    There are a lot of things that make a board game fun. The first thing, and to me, one of the most important things is repeated playability. People want to get a good gaming experience everytime they play, but they don't want to play the same game every time either. This is why games come with so many variables (different spaces to land on, so many cards with different sayings on them, dice that can give you multiple outcomes, etc). If a game plays the exact same, with nothing new, people will become bored after the first game and will not be willing to play the game again. Another thing that makes a board game fun is a fun concept. Pick a concept that people are interested in. If it's for a school project, then the subject, like statistics or geometry might not seem like fun to people who are not forced to play the game, so it's up to you to find a way to make the game fun. Using movers that are different shapes, sizes, colors, or characters can help motivate people to want to play to be their favorite piece or color, using a board full of fun graphics can help entice people to keep playing, and a good concept will keep people coming back to your game time and time again.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

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    board game are really fun if you play them with a large group of people. especially playing them with your friends =D

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    4 years ago

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