The Truth About Vintage Board Games

Back in the day, one of the most enjoyable past-times was playing board games. Vintage board games used to be as big to families as color television when it was first introduced. They brought friends and families together, and most of all, they taught everyone lessons. Nowadays though, with the advent of the personal computer and hand-held consoles, board games have become a lot less popular. However, there are still people who collect these types of games. So one may ask this question: Why collect old game boards when there are other, more diverse games for the computer/consoles? There are indeed many reasons why these types of games are still worth the investment.

Board games, unlike computer or console games, build people’s character. People can learn many things from playing it. Also, people don’t just learn skills from them, but also values. Here are some of the most important things one can learn from the game:

• It teaches people social skills. Unlike with computer and console games, people are encouraged to interact with others when playing games in board. People develop interpersonal and interaction skills, which are very helpful in the real world. Moreover, vintage board games help family and friends bond, making the social unit more cohesive and stronger.

• It will develop and enhance a person’s logic. Unlike many digital games today, these games help make your brain smarter. Old game boards put you in situations that help you develop your critical thinking. Examples of such games are Monopoly and Clue. Tidbits from these games can help a lot as they are easily applicable to real-world situations.

• It teaches people discipline. Unlike digital games, board games are actual, physical sets of items. This means they have to be taken care of as they can get damaged. Since board games need to be stored and used with care, people who play with them learn to be disciplined when it comes to keeping things.

As you can see, one can learn so much more from board games than if one just played on a computer or console. Yes, there are many PC-based board games available today but nothing beats the real thing. With computer games, there are so many things going on, like graphics and story line and game play, the true essence of playing a game is lost and that is to learn something practical. Sad thing is, vintage board games are becoming rare nowadays. While there are still a lot to choose from in the market, but as toy collectors, it’s the vintage ones that are preferable, and not the new versions or releases of the same games.

These games are indeed worth the investment. Now, not many people know this, but these games can actually earn you some money. Vintage board games that are decades old are the most valuable types of game boards. If you have one of these, you can make a decent profit by selling them to collectors. The older and more mint they are, the higher they will sell.

If you want to learn more about making money from it and other toy collections, all you need to do is find a good resource for this hobby. It may not be as big as they were a decade or two ago, but they are definitely here to stay. They are definitely worth every penny!

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How to Start a Board Gaming Group

too. And if you are anything like me, you are the most enthusiastic board gamer in your circle of friends. In fact, I would say that most of my friends merely play games as a social distraction. I on the other hand specifically seek out the opportunity to experience new rulesets, mechanisms, and themes. So it can be frustrating when my friends’ enthusiasm about games doesn’t match mine.

Luckily, there are tons of people just outside of my social circle who DO love board games as much as I do. So I scratch my gaming itch by frequenting a meetup of these enthusiastic board gamers. In this article, I’ll share my observations about what has worked well, and what problems I’ve run into, so that you too can find people as psyched to play that latest deck builder as you are. I live in a small town, so all of these tips should apply to you too, no matter where you live.

1) Don’t force it: My first attempt at starting a board gaming group was at my office. I work at a software company, so generally speaking, my co-workers are of the right geeky caliber to enjoy board games. At first this was great, but overtime I felt like a rancher corralling cattle to slaughter. This was basically a case of players who were mildly interested in games, but didn’t have the intrinsic motivation to be on time to play them.

After a while I gave up, because I realized that it simply wasn’t worth the exhaustion. If you find yourself having to constantly nag people to come play games, stop it now! All that does is annoy your friends, and wear you out. I promise you, there ARE people who want to play board games as much as you do, so the key is to simply find them.

2) Find the enthusiastic gamers: Before you spend the time it takes to build a gaming group from scratch, you should start by seeing if a suitable group already exists. Besides saving you work, this also has the added benefit of not fragmenting your gaming community. There are several places you should check to see if an established group exists. is a place that helps people with similar interests get together and do what they love. This is probably the first place you should check. is a community site FULL of enthusiastic gamers. The problem is that they are spread out all over the world. It is hit or miss, but dropping a forum post on this site asking about gaming groups in your area may turn up some good results.

3) Go it alone: If you didn’t have any luck finding an existing group, you’ll have to start your own. It is worth it to shell out the money it costs to join as an organizer and post the group there. Then you’ll want to promote the group on, and in any other local online publications. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the number of gamers who are waiting for just such a group to exist in their community, but don’t know where to start.

As for venue, your home will do just fine, but it may be preferably to find a non-threatening public venue. My group worked out a deal with a local coffee shop that had a meeting space. Our players commit to always buy at least something small from the shop. In return, if no paying customers have the meeting space booked, our group can use it, free of charge. It wouldn’t hurt to ask some of your local businesses if they would be open to a similar arrangement.

4) Set some ground rules: Not every gamer will get along all the tim

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