Now you know I’ve been banging this boardgame drum for quite some time now, and you may be eyerolling pretty damn hard right now.

But hear me out. rAge is all about new experiences, as famously said by me, just a few seconds ago. You don’t go to rAge to play FIFA guys, it’s the same as last year with different jerseys. And ball physics, or something.

Listen, let me tell you why you should go play boardgames at rAge this year.

First, most importantly, someone will teach you. This isn’t a bunch of tables with some games scattered around for you to figure out on your own, it’s a few tables with specific games set up and people to teach them to you.

Big on the slate this year are two-player miniatures games. This isn’t your giant rulebook of complicated BS Warhammer 40K though, these are fast-playing skirmish games that are hella fun and easy to learn.

If you’re into the fantasy setting, then Runewars will hook you up. There’s a dude riding a giant Dune-worm, and if that isn’t enough to get you out of bed you may want to check if the only person you’re talking to is Haley Joel Osment.

Command your army and match wits against the teacher who I have specifically instructed not to let you win – you’ve got to earn it. Not sure if he’s listening though, so he may go easy on you.

Alongside that is the massively popular Star Wars: X-Wing, a minis game with a similar system that lets you live out all your Han Solo fetish fantasies.

Pew pew.

There’s also stuff like Kingdomino available, the 2017 Spiel des Jahres winner, which is a German boardgame prize akin to winning Best Picture at the Oscars.

If you’ve been curious about the boardgame world, it’s never been more accessible than at rAge this year. Sit down, play a game without the pressure of having to consult any rulebooks and see what it’s all about.

Then if it grabs you, you can head over to the neighbouring store and pick up some goodies to take home.

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