Board Games: Crash Course Games #14

Today, we’re going to talk about board games, but instead of trying to trace their histories, which we’ve already covered a bit of in ep2 on ancient games, we’re going to look really closely at just two board games – Monopoly and The Settlers of Catan. These two games have been played by millions, and we’ll talk about why they’re so popular (and controversial), but more importantly these two games have helped define two approaches to board game design: the American style board game and the European style board game. Now these two different “styles” of board games are mostly just over-generalizations about board game mechanics and there’s a ton of overlap, but with the recent resurgence in board game popularity they help us more clearly define two discrete time periods in board game popularity and discuss how these approaches have been defined by the times.

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  • I don’t give a damm about that Lizzie woman

    Alfa Li July 16, 2020 4:18 am Reply
  • I get this is crash course but only really mentioning two board games really did the industry a disservice. Also amazed no mention of Gen Con since it’s filmed in Indianapolis.

    AJ Rager July 16, 2020 4:18 am Reply
  • "Board games" isn't a genre. It's a medium.

    Legislacerator Ebott July 16, 2020 4:18 am Reply
  • Lol I never thought that Quaker Oats would ever get involved in video games as claimed from videos earlier

    Henry Tetreault July 16, 2020 4:18 am Reply
  • Catan is fun, but the card game "Munchkin" is much more amazing (and funny).

    Star Field July 16, 2020 4:18 am Reply
  • U need to work on your german pronauncing tho :>

    Rahrion July 16, 2020 4:18 am Reply
  • Kind of funny how everyone hates Monopoly but it's still so popular…

    Galadriel Éowyn July 16, 2020 4:18 am Reply
  • I just realized that this is hosted by the black nerd (not racist). I must be an idiot for not noticing that.

    Jacob Maddock July 16, 2020 4:18 am Reply
  • Is it bad that I've never heard of Catan but I have heard of Risk & Monopoly

    Videogamergirl93 July 16, 2020 4:18 am Reply
  • my favorite table top game right now is Ghostbusters: The board game and it's upcoming sequel!

    BlueTarantulaProductions July 16, 2020 4:18 am Reply
  • So what about Board James? 😂

    Khalid Djafaar July 16, 2020 4:18 am Reply
  • I prefer Monopoly over many other games. Catan does not interest me a bit. Those that say their hatred on Monopoly are either sore losers or communist leaning. I also remember seeing a game akin to how the lady wanted it in the first place named Anti-Monopoly. Just like regular monopoly, but with anti capitalism added. Does not sell as well as Monopoly. lulz.

    Arische Setmses July 16, 2020 4:18 am Reply
  • could you make a video all about chess, please?

    Bárbara Oliveira July 16, 2020 4:18 am Reply
  • @ 1:17 it says nto instead of into

    Snailinas knn July 16, 2020 4:18 am Reply
  • do a video on Minecraft plz

    ThePlague Gamer6 July 16, 2020 4:18 am Reply
  • check out my vlog on the State of Tabletop games…. BOOYAH ! !

    Clumsy Dad July 16, 2020 4:18 am Reply
  • Remember that time host mentioned "players being eliminated quickly" in, say, some popular online multiplayer videogames? Yeah, me neither. Same applies to "runaway leader problem". I'm okay with critics but only if those critics applied not only to one particular game, but instead at least to some of them. Otherwise it might seem a bit off – and some, like me, might consider this as political agenda.

    Andrew Mos July 16, 2020 4:18 am Reply
  • I'm on the left end of the political spectrum but I enjoy Monopoly. If you play by the rules in the box it should rarely take more than an hour. Also, I'd say the biggest skill involved (once you learn the math) is cooperation. You have to learn how to make trades that benefit both parties and make as many such trades as you can, which one might call it the sunny side of capitalism.

    TheFireflyGrave July 16, 2020 4:18 am Reply
  • Doesn't get more American than a game about unfettered, ruthless capitalism

    IKillU4Free July 16, 2020 4:18 am Reply
  • Love you crash course

    Arnav Praneet July 16, 2020 4:18 am Reply
  • hai

    Frank H July 16, 2020 4:18 am Reply
  • I like this host. He does a good job

    GDI July 16, 2020 4:18 am Reply
  • I'm glad to see even more episodes of this series. I should check out Andre's channel. He is very knowledgeable. Also, I actually met the guy recently at Power Morphicon. It's a short video for anyone who wants to see it on my channel, but I understand if you don't. It was just really nice to meet the guy.

    BroadswordMedia July 16, 2020 4:18 am Reply

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