Ten irritating board gamer habits and how to spot them

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Whilst we’ll be doing Christmas very differently in many ways this year, games will be played and drinks will be drunk and last year 80% of folk sat down with family and friends to play a game. In a market that is set to be worth £9bn by 2023 and has seen Monopoly sales up 21% this year, sales of board games and jigsaws were up a whopping 240% during the first part of Lockdown V1.0 and overall on the year sales have remained buoyant.  If you want some games to enjoy over Zoom or another video medium the Asmodee folks, those behind one of the UK’s best-selling game, Dobble, know board games inside out and back to front. They’ve developed Connect and Play featuring a few of their titles, all the instructions you’ll need to play remotely are there. They’ve also done some research into the top ten irritating board game player habits and how to identify them, the Asmodee insight is:

  1. The Messy One – regularly eats food over the game and is prone to bending cards and mixing up pieces.
  2. The Screen Addict – low level of engagement and struggles to be away from their phone for more than ten minutes.
  3. The Enthusiast – vigorous dice thrower, narrates gameplay and laughs very loudly.
  4. The Cheat – spontaneously makes-up rules that coincidentally happen to be in their favour and is the player you need to keep your eye on.
  5. The Quitter – also known as the morale quasher. They don’t stand a chance of winning, so they drop out and end the game for everyone.
  6. The Bored Gamer – uninterested and most likely sulking because majority ruled, and they aren’t playing the game they tried to suggest.
  7. The Sore Loser/Board Flipper – make sure you are holding the board and every piece to the game when this person loses.
  8.  The Ungracious Winner – possibly even worse than the sore loser…
  9. The Know-it-all – they most likely invented the game as they know all the rules and feel the need to teach every player what they should have done in that last move.
  10. The Competitive One – it’s more than a game for this player. They will rarely look like they’re enjoying themselves as they’re too focused on analysing moves and possible outcomes.

Have a look at some of the games we’ve recommended this year over at The Sun or Telegraph.


About Peter Jenkinson

Toyologist Pete Jenkinson regularly writes about toys in national newspapers like The Sun and The Mail. This super-dad has an unmatched passion and dedication for trying and testing the latest, coolest and most interesting offerings from the world of toys.

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