The Top Five Life Lessons I’ve learned from board games
Don’t trust anyone who is really keen to play scrabble with you. They just want to knock you down a notch. While endlessly searching for obscure words like “za” and “faqir” in the official scrabble dictionary I learnt that people who have problems with themselves often try to destroy others to boost their ego. And for certain individuals there’s no better attack than laying the letters XYLO next to your effort of PHONE (especially if they get a triple word score).
How do we win this battle? Just blindly fire missiles. If we hit something, shoot some more missiles around the general area. Children play this game. What better way to learn how the military-industrial complex? I can’t wait until I have kids and on rainy days we can play a rousing game of Drone Strike.
3) Mouse Trap
More than a mini Rube Goldberg machine, this game actually had rules, I think. But who cared? I’m pretty sure every kid just set it up and watched it go, mesmerized right up to the point where the plastic net came down over the plastic mouse—then packed the board game away and never thought about it again. And that’s okay. Sometimes you just have to enjoy things for the sake of enjoying them.