Board games making a comeback in Conway

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    CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Call it a revival or just good old fashioned family fun--board games are making a comeback, and there's a whole store full of them.

    Craig New, owner of Table Play Games in Conway said board games are making a return.

    "When you say 'board games,' people think of Monopoly and Life and Scrabble and things like that, but there's a lot of other games that have been released that people aren't even aware of."

    At Table Play Games in Conway, New said a new breed of gaming now thrives.

    "A lot of these new board games have new mechanics. They have a random set up. They're different every time you play them. They require you to make choices and decisions and based on those you win or lose," he explained.

    Gone are the days of Hi Ho Cherry-O and Monopoly. They're being replaced with mountains of new games that are more complicated, and their numbers are many.

    "I think there's a little bit of intrigue, a little curiosity there, that there's things they've never played before," added new.

    From young to old, there's a board game to fit everyone's skill set, and 9-year old customer Ava Paris said she's glad the trend is catching on.

    "It's kind of like more interactive than just sitting on the couch and playing on your phone," she explained.

    New said the games are appealing even to those of the digital age.

    "We're getting used to not socializing as much, so when you pull out a board game, and you play a board game, you want to teach a new board game. People find them to be refreshing," he said.

    New believes board games bring out the social interaction that we all crave.

    "Things are more fun with more people, and we're getting back to that with gaming," he added. "We're finding that kids really like spending time with people, and it's natural for a family to get together and play these games."

    The games range from as little as $15 all the way up to $50 or $60 for the more advanced strategy games.

    Craig New also owns a video game store two doors down from his new storefront.

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