9 Life Lessons We Learned from Board Games

We play board games for many reasons and playing them offers many opportunities for us to discover more about ourselves, our friends and how we interact with others. Additionally, board games teach us lessons about the real world.

Here’s a list from Geek And Sundry on the life lessons they’ve learned from playing board games.

  1. Being behind doesn’t always mean that you’re losing. Anything can happen in a game. You might see the changes coming while other times it’s a total surprise. In many cases, winners are usually determined or points are counted at the end of the game, so you can never truly know where you stand. And someone else’s decision and strategy can drastically change your prospects.
  2. Taking a different path sometimes gives you the best results. Take the road less travelled by. Because sometimes, it’s best to think outside of the box, and if anything, it might surprise other players and give you the upper hand.
  3. The dice can roll either way. Don’t blame yourself. Most games features random chances as a method of determining outcomes, and this means that no amount of genius strategy can make a difference. Even the best preparations can miss this mark due to this uncertain situations and you just can’t blame yourself for an outcome dictated by fate or by the roll of a die.
  4. Overcoming analysis paralysis is challenging, but not impossible. In life as well as with board games, we sometimes can be faced with so many choices that we suddenly freezes up, unable to come up a decision, strategy falls apart and our progress comes to a halt. And getting past this paralysis involves narrowing down your options and especially to be calm in the face of pressure.
  5. You don’t always need to think of the perfect solution to a problem. If you somehow find yourself under analysis paralysis, remind yourself that the ‘perfect’ solution may not just be there. Or even if it’s there, you’d be better off settling for the idea that you can actually see rather than spending a lot more time and effort looking for that ‘perfect’ solution.
  6. What happens on the tabletop, stays on the tabletop. Some friends can be ruthless in games but try not to let their in-game behaviour influence your out-of-game perception of them. This does not mean that they hate you, they only wanted to him just like you do. It’s just a matter of learning which friends fit in which circumstances and knowing your friends better can help you shape your gaming experience – and life – for yourself.
  7. Find the information relevant to the task at hand and weed out unnecessary clutter. Playing board games practices you to find low-stakes way and take out unnecessary stuff that will only way you down. This goes the same with listening to a lecture, you won’t be able to memorize all that information and would highly go for taking notes.
  8. Know what you bring to a group and when to let others take the spotlight. This lesson goes for collaborative games as well as group projects, tasks and challenges in real life. If someone from the group has a plan that seems like could work, let them try it and coordinate. Working with the group means knowing when to take charge and when to step back.
  9. Being a good loser can help you face the next challenge with expert calm. It’s accepting failure graciously, learning from your mistakes and accepting that you actually did nothing wrong. You can’t just change the past but accepting this failure will help you be unfazed and more ready than ever for the next game as well as challenge in life.

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