Avid board game players can go online and tap into a number of helpful resources to improve their playing skills, learn about classic board games news and chat with others about their boardgame hobby. Message boards can become a marketplace for finding new games or pieces as well. Whether your love is chess, checkers and backgammon or Upwords, Cranium and Scattergories, you will learn a lot and enjoy your time spent on these addictive sites.
The Monopoly board game has a plethora of message boards to choose from. Yahoo Games allows players to engage in open discussions and message board topics related to Monopoly, as well as play board games online at www.dir.groups.yahoo.com. Look for “Yahoo! Groups Monopoly,” “Yahoo! Message Boards Monopoly,” “Monopoly UK,” “Monopoly Playhouse Club” or “Y! Monopoly Club.” At www.search.msn.com, you can look under “BrokenDoll Monopoly” or “MSN Groups Monopoly.” There are also forums under Google Groups (www.groups.google.com).
Checkers is another strategy board game that attracts large audiences to online boards. Since there are so many different possible algorithms and game plays, people are always looking to practice their skills with online board games or by reading up on strategies and theories in the forums. Yahoo Games has a number of checkers-related groups at www.dir.groups.com: Yahoo Message Boards – Checkers, Yahoo Groups – Chinese Checkers, Yahoo Groups – Draughts, the Y Checkers Club, the Turkish Draughts Drama Club and the Elite Checkers Club. MSN (www.search.msn.com) and Google Groups (www.groups.google.com) are other places to find checkers-related groups created by other avid gamers.
One of the most popular message boards for all board games is www.boardgamegeek.com. This site has over 250,000 active members and covers nearly every game, from dice games and the Monopoly board to Arigola and Battlestar Galactica. In the General Gaming forum, there are over 20,000 topics posted. Trades, Recommendations, War Gaming, Buying and Selling, Board Game Design, Werewolf Games, Press Releases, Conventions, Podcasts/Blogs and Hot Deals/Prices are other popular discussion sections. Many of the users here like strategy board games the most, but you’ll find there are reviews, game lists, marketplace items and discussions on just about everything. This community even runs contests, posts gamer news, lets you test out new games and attend conventions. Message board users also earn virtual currency by posting new reviews, lists and comments so they can create avatars and better profiles. Many gamers join to connect with local groups to further their hobbies. In essence, message boards are essential for the most ardent game fans.