Don’t ever dream of saying that our site isn’t educational. While many of us may have memories of painting miniatures, learning rules instead of paying attention at school or reading Games Workshop fluff – modern games can actually teach us a trick or two.
And we’re not just talking about rudimentary military tactics or what words are the most effective in Scrabble.
So, here are eight of our favorite games that actually serve as a surprisingly effective introduction to life skills that all of us need.
Well, probably more want than need, but you get the idea.
Writing is a more teachable craft than an art, there are some elements that are harder to learn than others. And when it comes to mastering the infamously elusive skills of tone and voice, there are few teachers better than Balderdash. A party game that’s perfect with six, Balderdash is the spiritual predecessor to modern classics like Dixit. The game asks players to come up with alternate answers to trivia questions, with points awarded when your rivals pick your answers instead of the response provided for the game. However, in order for this to work, you have to come up with options that are: believable, memorable, consistent with the phrasing of the game, and are just insane enough to convince someone to pick them. After a couple of rounds, players will be experts at fooling each other…or at least understand how difficult writing actually is.
Replicating the cut-and-thrust drama of the iconic science fiction series, players work cooperatively to bring the ancient Galactica safely to earth. The only thing stopping them? Fuel shortages, starvation, Cylon attacks. Oh, and the fact that at least one of your ‘council’ is a humanoid robot baying out for blood. And if you are that robot, sister – are you going to get a crash course in lying to your best friends’ faces. You’ll learn to use every trick in the book to sabotage, cast blame, and waste resources as you bring Galactica closer and closer to destruction. And have an absolutely amazing time while you do it.
And for those of you looking to bring sneaky liars to justice, look no further found the great detective himself. A longstanding success story, Consulting Detective’s Accessibility and quality writing make it the perfect instructional tool for sleuths from all walks of life. Asking you to piece together the makings of a crime and identify the crook involved, SH is a fantastic way to learn how undisciplined your thinking actually is. Early games will be full of tangents, dead-ends, and assumptions. But, before long, you’ll be cracking cases with the best of them…or arresting the wrong person and howling in agony before you do it all over again.