Top 15 Brilliant Board Game Mechanics for Beginners! -

Top 15 Brilliant Board Game Mechanics for Beginners!

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This is a beginners guide to modern board games and how they work. If you want to find out what board games have to offer and how their mechanisms help them to provide players with a fun experience then in this video we count down my top 15 favourite game mechanics. This video will hopefully help you to find the perfect game for your board game collection or family game night.

With each of these mechanics, I have indicated an example of a board game that showcases it. If you would like to find more board games that feature the mechanism, please head over to Board Game Geek which features board games categorised under the ones discussed in this video. Enjoy!

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  1. what a terrific job, thank you for taking the time to post such a jam packed useful video👏👏👏 When you talk about drafting cards you mentioned the style of drafting where you pass a small hand of cards around then folks take one and pass the remainder. Are there other types of drafting or am I thinking of a mechanic that's actually different? For example in Ticket to Ride you have the face up cards that you can pick from, is that another another type of drafting or is that considered a different mechanic entirely?thank you again!!

  2. Deep Sea Adventure is such a blast. Great compelling list <3

  3. What are your favourite board game mechanics? Are there any that you like that are not featured on this list? Start a conversation!

  4. What?! No Deck Building?! I still love your videos 😎

  5. You used some great games as the examples. I really need to try Sushi Go Party. Ok what happened right before you filmed the Gloom bit lol Worker Placement needed more jazzhands. Great list and the explanations were great as well.

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