THE GOLDEN ERA OF MODERN BOARD GAMES
We are in the midst of what many are calling the GOLDEN ERA of modern board games. The global board game market is projected to grow from $7.2 billion in 2017 to $12 billion in 2023. Thousands of new titles are released annually. Many of the top-rated games of all time have been published in the last five years alone - and they’re a far cry from the ones most of us grew up with. While classics like Monopoly, Scrabble, Risk, and Sorry are still fun to play, ingenuity in design, mechanics, art, theme, and components has birthed a world of new titles for every generation. Droves of new people are being introduced to the hobby via growing conventions like GENCON in Indianapolis, boasting 70,000 - 100,000 attendees. Custom board game table manufacturers are backlogged with orders from passionate gamers that are eager to deck out their personal play space. It's an exciting time for the board game community.
But, some think that all this is only for a specific type of person - nerds, geeks, whatever you want to call it. Many don't realize that the board game industry has something to offer everyone - not only games of every theme, complexity, and style, but a diverse and creative community to experience them with.
There's a yearning for screen-less recreation, meaningful conversations, and shared experiences alongside family, friends, and even strangers. Board games bring people together for just that - through cooperative problem solving, storytelling, and friendly competition.