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November 17, 2017 10:07 PM

Board Game Boom In Digital Age

With the popularity of smart phones and tablets, you might think board games are a thing of the past, but it's actually the opposite.

Sales have grown from $9.3 billion to $9.6 billion in three years.

Many of us have grown up with board games, including Bryan Paulson.

"My dad actually had to beat my grandpa in a game of Monopoly to ask my mom to marry him," Paulson said.

While Paulson did exchange board games for video games for a few years, he's back at the table today.

"I play board games at least once a week, if not twice," Paulson said.

Paulson is part of a board game boom.

"Board gaming is in resurgence right now. It's getting more popular," Ben Wermers said.

Because of that, Wermers has decided to try his luck with a new business. He's opening Game Chest on Saturday in downtown Sioux Falls. It will sell, you guessed it, board games.

"We saw a need in the community for a really good board game shop," Wermers said.

In fact, board games are a hot ticket item this Christmas. One of them called Toilet Trouble is even on the top 12 toys list.

"Most online gaming is not very personal. You're sitting in front of a screen with other people somewhere else. With board games you're all sitting around a table, chatting and having fun," Wermers said.

An interaction that Paulson believes is in the cards for years to come.

"We as humans crave interaction. We want to be around other people and have fun," Paulson said.

Game Chest is opening a pop-up shop along 10th Street through the end of the year.
After that, it will open a permanent location in the new Jones421 building in downtown Sioux Falls.

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