Just don’t play Monopoly with anyone you care about, ok?
The Coronavirus pandemic has provided a boon to board game sellers in Groningen, with young people, and especially students, discovering how much fun it is to play board games together, reports the UKrant.
Students have rediscovered board games, from the classic “Way of Life” to the suddenly very current “Pandemic”, the university newspaper reports.
One games shop in Groningen in particlar is doing very well: WirWar on the Oude Kijk in ‘t Jatstraat. Owner Edo Hoetjes says that the increase in the popularity of board games had “been on the rise for a number of years” even before the pandemic.
He puts the rise in popularity down to a generation of young people that have grown up with computer games. “They were already used to playing and therefore now find it more normal to keep playing as adults”, he says.
The past period has influenced which games people play. Games for larger groups are sold less, while the sale of games for two people has increased significantly. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Pandemic, where you fight a virus together has also proved very popular.