In this video, Ellie Dix introduces the idea of the metagame by sharing an extract of her book The Board Game Family: Reclaim your children from the screen.

This is the concept that is often most useful to parents. Playing the game on the table is only part of the overall experience. Even before the box is open, the metagame has begun. The metagame is the drama unfolding between the players.

Have you ever won a board game but taken so little pleasure in it that you felt like you had lost? Have you ever followed someone else’s lead in a team game, against your better judgement, and been thrilled with their downfall? Have you ever been so pleased by winning a battle that it made no difference that you lost the war? That’s the metagame.

Watch the video to learn more.

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