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These aren't your grandmother's board games

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This hour, adult game enthusiasts talk about their old and new favorites, and the benefits of playing.

Wingspan, Pandemic, Root. There's a board game on every topic these days.

Games have come a long way since Monopoly and the early days of Dungeons and Dragons, and new titles are coming out every month. As COVID-19 restrictions have eased, more people are getting together with friends and duking it out around the table.

This hour, we talk with some adult board game enthusiasts who believe playing keeps their brains sharp and their social skills alive.

Our guests are:

Here are some of the games that the guests and listeners recommended:Brass: Birmingham
Crokinole
Everdell
Forbidden Desert
Forbidden Island
Forbidden Sky
Human Era
Kabuto Sumo
Mariposa
Masterpiece
Nemesis
One Night series
Paleo
Pandemic
Pantone
Root
Secret Hitler
Settlers of Catan
Splendor
Terraforming Mars
The Mind
The Mind Extreme
Ticket to Ride
Wingspan
Werewolf

And for more on board games, the guests recommend BoardGameGeek.com.

Broadcast live at noon on Friday, Aug. 12, 2022.

Have questions, comments or tips? Send us a message or tweet us @vermontedition.

Connor Cyrus joined Vermont Public as host and senior producer in March 2021. He was a morning reporter at WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island. A graduate of Lyndon State College (now Northern Vermont University), he started his reporting career as an intern at WPTZ, later working for WAGM in Presque Isle, Maine, and WCAX Channel 3, where he covered a broad range of stories from Vermont’s dairy industry to the nurses’ strikes at UVM Medical Center. He’s passionate about journalism’s ability to shed light on complex or difficult topics, as well as giving voice to underrepresented communities.
Mikaela Lefrak joined Vermont Public in 2021 as co-host and senior producer of Vermont Edition. Her stories have aired nationally on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Marketplace, The World and Here & Now. A seasoned local reporter, Mikaela has won two regional Edward R. Murrow awards and a Public Media Journalists Association award for her work.