• Andrew Davidson

What If Board Games Were People?


Hello, gamers!

What if board games were people? For the past few months, I've been trying to put together a blog post that requires reader interactivity; to establish and set apart at least one of my blog articles amidst my endless board game dross. The concept I decided on is nothing new; however, I did my best to make it my own. The following post contains twelve questions - along with a brief description of each question for contextualization purposes - that invokes the reader to consider "what if board games were people?" I have my own answers, of course, but you won't find any of them listed here because I am genuinely curious to read all about your answers. Plus, holding back my answers gives me content to publish in the future. *wink*

Okay. Here we go. Grab a beverage and let's do this.

What If Board Games Were People? Quiz Time!

1. Games that are Co-Workers

"Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is a success..." Starting things off easy, what are two games that approach the same theme in entirely different ways? And hey, games of intellectual property are valid. You're welcome.

2. A Game You Would Date

A game that brings out your desired personality and temperament type; for example, a roll and write is more chill and relaxed; Twilight Struggle is more in-depth, with player interaction, and competitive; or, playing a trivia game where people are competitive and smart.

3. Identical Twins

Why did the chicken cross the Mobius Strip? What are two games that share a lot of the same mechanisms and/or gameplay; other than the theme, they are practically the same game? Example: Forbidden Island and Forbidden Desert.

4. A Game You Would Not Bring Home to Meet Your Mother

I'll keep you my dirty little secret... Don't tell anyone or you'll be just another regret... What is a game you enjoy playing and "spending time with" but would not show off and play with your mother - based on the game's theme, not complexity?

5. A Game You Would be Proud to Bring Home to Meet Your Mother

Not too hot. Not too cold. But JUST right. What is a game you enjoy playing and "spending time with" and would be proud to show off and play with your mother - based on the game's theme, not complexity?

6. A Game You Would Not Mind Being Trapped with on a Deserted Island

"Si qui que ce soit puisse entendre ceci, ils sont morts. Veuillez nous aider..." A game you would enjoy being isolated and alone with for a very, very long time.

7. A Game You Would Not Force on Your Worst Enemy

Games don't get played for two reasons: they suck the big one or they are far, far too complicated to hit the table on a regular basis. What is a game either so terrible or complicated to learn (a brain burner) you would not subject to your worst enemy?

8. A Game You Would Not Want to Come Across in a Darkened Alley

If 20/20 has taught us anything, it's that dark and scary corners exist (and that the husband/boyfriend is always guilty) What is a game where the gameplay and horrific theme really shine to the point where some aspects (the narrative, the artwork) of the game gave you or other players goosebumps?

9. The Hottest Game You Have Ever had on Your Table

All games are created equal, but some are created more equal than others. This is a game where the components, artwork, and presentation are absolutely beautiful.

10. A Game That You Would Have As Your Therapist

We all have issues - to varying degrees. What is a game that you typically reach for when you need to de-stress, laugh, smile, or relax?

11. A Game That is Your Ex-Lover

It is better to love and lose than to never love at all. What is a game you once-upon-a-time really, really enjoyed but - for whatever reason - you won't even go near with a ten-foot pole?

12. A Game You Would Love to Join You for a Night out on the Town

Life is serious. Life is complicated. However, whenever life gets too serious and complicated you can always paint the town red. What is a board game where the theme is about having a good time, traversing the night scene, or frivolously spending lots of money?

Well, dear reader, here we are. Did you make it to the end? I hope so. What are your picks? Leave a comment below! Get creative. Take the road less traveled. Feel free to expand on why you chose your selections!


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