How to Choose Board Games that Couples can Play Together

There are many reasons why couples should play board games together. But, choosing a board game for you and your partner can be a daunting task. There are many things that need and should be considered about yourself and your partner. These things are as follows:

  • Competitiveness
  • Preferences
  • Overall interest in board games

I will tell you what you need to think about and how you should use that information to find the perfect game.

Simplified Answer: The simple answer to buying a board game in this situation is to be considerate and really care about your own needs and the needs of your partner. If you would like to take a look at some of the top picks of best board games for couples then follow the link.

For those who are looking for a more guided answer please feel free to continue reading.

How Competitive are you both?

The most important thing to figure out before shopping for a board game is how competitive you both are. Because a board game that involves competition against each other may quickly hinder your relationship.

Just think about how often y’all have tension between each other. If there is none then great nothing to worry about, but if there is you may want to consider. Because the competition can bring this tension into the game. Making it less enjoyable for both parties and ruining the time that should be spent bonding and having fun. Furthermore, if either of you just doesn’t take losing very well then a competitive game is not the way to go.

So before buying a board game be sure to consider how both of you take competition against one another.

If you decide that competition won’t matter at all then you have all types of games to choose from. If you decide that competition could be an issue then it is in your best interest to avoid any game that isn’t cooperative. Additionally, if you need a few suggestions I do have a free ultimate guide for couples that would be helpful to you.

What do you prefer and what do they prefer?

The next most important thing to consider is preferences. Everyone has their own preferences and in a relationship, preferences can often be conflicting. So, it is then your job to first figure out what

So, it is then your job to first figure out what your partner dislikes. Maybe they don’t like things associated with apocalypses, so you avoid any game that involves an apocalyptic scenario. This could happen with all sorts of themes that make up the board game ones that are disliked should automatically be ruled out.

One easy dislike to consider is certain themes. Maybe they don’t like things associated with apocalypses, so you avoid any game that involves an apocalyptic scenario. This could happen with all sorts of themes that make up the board game ones that are disliked should automatically be ruled out.

Another easy one is to consider if there are any mechanics that they don’t like in board games. For example, your partner may not like deck building so it would be foolish of you to get a deck building game.

Some other things you can consider is time. How long would they be interested in playing a board game or how long will you both have to even play? You should also consider on if you just plan on playing this with your partner or with others too.

Questions like these can help you narrow down the choices and pick the top board game for the both of you.

Once you have answered these questions about your partner, be sure to consider yourself and what you dislike. Then look at what you both like and see if there are any great games that avoid the things you both dislike but also accommodate the things you both do like.

What is Your Partners Overall Interest in Board Games?

The final big question to consider is your partner’s interest in board games.

Has your partner ever played board games before?

Most people have but if your partner has not you will want to start with a board game that is simple to learn but still fun to play. Nothing extremely abstract or complicated though, as you could easily deter your partner from the idea of playing again.

Was it with friends?

Maybe you and your partner play some board games with your friends. If this is the case then you should be able to know how interested your partner is in board gaming. It can also help answer previous questions about competitive versus cooperative games.

Was it together?

If y’all have played together then just think back into how interested your partner was in playing the board games that you played. Did they listen eagerly when you explained the rules to them? Or was your partner zoned out the entire time? Thinking back on these sorts of things can help you figure out the complexity of game to get also.

Put All the Gather Information Together and Buy Your New Game

Once you have reflected on all of these questions and more if need be then you should certainly be ready to buy your new board game. Just remember to be fair in your consideration of their needs and your needs. Try your best not to favor their side more than you can bare and not favor your side so much that they won’t want to play.

Conclusion: As with any sort of decision you make whether it be a friend, a sibling, or a lover you always must consider both sides and find a compromising spot. As long as you remain considerate and truly thoughtful of your partner’s needs and your own you will have no problem finding the perfect board game for the both of you. I wish you the best of luck on your journey and hope that you both find the new game to be ever pleasing.

About the author

James

James is a father, husband, and coffee addict who plays way too many board games and rarely sleeps.

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