Board Games Demystified: Programming

 *photo credit: Board Game Quest

Those new to the board game hobby may be confused by terms, such as "cooperative," "dexterity," or "abstract" games. Here, at The Starting Player, our goal is to make gaming accessible to all. With that in mind, this month we're going to talk about Programming.

A programming game is very much what it sounds like. You lay out (usually) cards to create a plan, run your plan, and hope for the best. Your plan might run exactly the way you wanted -- simple enough. That is, unless everyone else's plan runs into yours. You had planned to go left, but your friend had already pushed you left, and now you now find yourself off the board. You planned to steal the money, but now you find yourself in an empty train car. You had planned to push your opponent off the ship only to find you pushed yourself off the ship instead. Once you recover from laughing about how everyone's botched plans ended, you are ready to re-calculate and write a better program that can't be so easily led astray.  

Some examples of Programming Games include: 
  • Colt Express
  • Walk the Plank
  • Quirky Circuits
  • Gravwell
  • Duck Duck Go
Be sure to look for these and other Programming games wherever we pop up. We're always happy to explain new concepts to you in person.


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