I am going to address the elephant in the room: while board gaming is an exploding industry, a lot of people are unsure of where they can get their board games. While the most straightforward method would be to travel to your friendly local game store (FLGS) and pick up whatever title strikes your eye, there is a pleasing alternative. We live in an age of information where we can figure out if a game is for you before you spend your hard- earned money on it.
My most utilized resource, by far, is the boardgamegeek.com (BGG) forums. “The Geek” as fans affectionately call it has been making a strong push in recent times to modernize and make the website as accessible as possible. There are still some of those old school 2000’s forum features, but the wealth of knowledge is extensive. Every single game on BGG has information related to the game, user-submitted pictures, and forums.
When looking for new games based on my tastes, I will browse the “Fans Also Like” section on a game’s BGG page. It shows games that are popular with people who enjoy the game you’re viewing.
If you are curious about where you can find a game for the best possible price, I will point you in the direction of boardgameprices.com. This website shows you a list of all retailers that are selling the game you are searching, the price, and whether or not it is in stock.
If you are looking for something to get your feet wet with modern board gaming, I would recommend watching the YouTube videos of both Shut Up & Sit Down and No Pun Included (Both prolific British board game reviewers). I feel that with the length and quality of their content, it is easy to start understanding why individual reviewers like certain games. Then you can evaluate how much your tastes align with the reviewers’. From then on, you can use the reviewer as a resource to give you an indication of whether or not a new game is worth your time.
Finding new board games might seem a bit tedious, but with the right resources, there is no doubt in the writer’s mind that anybody can find a board game for them.Get in touch: