Review – The Everything Tabletop Games Book
The Everything Tabletop Games Book
Written by: Bebo
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
We’ve all been there before. My D & D group has certainly been there. Your group of friends get together for game night. There’s a pile of games. What do you play? You look at the games and it’s all a bunch of new school stuff, not the Monopoly or Risk that you are used to. How do you play any of this? You end up on your phone watching videos on Youtube trying to figure out how to play these games. You just need a nudge one way or another to get you to open up Codenames or Ticket To Ride.
Tabletop gaming is back in a big way and it’s not just stuff like Monopoly or Sorry! Or your basic run-of-the-mill board game but instead, Dungeons And Dragons or Settlers Of Cataan are taking the spotlight. It almost seems like there’s an entire world of new games for people to spend their hours playing. The thing is, what’s the right game for you? Do you want to only play in person or do you want to do it over Discord or Skype? Deck builder or cooperative? There’s so much to tabletop gaming and with a new era of gaming there’s a new way of playing this stuff. That’s where The Everything Tabletop Games Book comes in.
The Everything Tabletop Games Book covers around 100 classic and popular tabletop games. There’s such a wide variety. For me, I was able to read up on games I was familiar with and then learn about similar games. This guide breaks down the information of the more popular games into some very handy ways. How difficult is it? What age is best? How many people and how long is it going to take to run a campaign? It’s all here with The Everything Tabletop Games Book. Even knowing the ultimate goal of these games can steer someone towards or away from it and that info is here, too.
One thing I really liked about The Everything Tabletop Games Book is that it explains how to play the game. I’ve spent plenty of time trying to decider rule books and have watched plenty of YouTube videos about what we’re trying to figure out. Honestly, a lot of games just have so many rules and such that it’s nice when it is laid out a bit more simplistic.
If I had a complaint, it’s that some of the games are presented without any images and so much of gaming is the visual aspect. It’s a minor complaint but sometimes, what I see of a game is what gets me interested. Overall, The Everything Tabletop Games Book is a fantastic read and even more so a handy guide for what’s out there to play. It definitely helps me figure out some new ways to stay entertained on a Friday night