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Paul McKinney
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I know that after having to learn the rules for several new games in a row at a gaming sessions I think I've improved my ability to listen and to and retain details about what I've just heard. I think I'm also able to focus a bit better on a conversion instead of having my mind drift off and miss important details... not that still doesn't happen sometimes, just not as much.

Also I sometimes felt too mentally lazy to count small change given back to me when buying something or to take the time to figure out what a series of items will cost together when buying from a series of items from a fast food menu before ordering, but after a playing Power Grid a few times I think I've gotten over that as well.

Just a couple of small life things that have changed me for the better since I've been playing board games regularly.
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Well, for starter, the brain is a muscle, if you don't use it you lose it. One thing it did for my wife, who will admit she's not a great "strategist", to be able to analyse faster and easier situations.

When in a game, you can do many moves, one is usually better than the others, it's finding that move through analysing each possible moves. 2 years ago, my wife couldn't see more than 1 or 2 moves possible, now she's seeing a lot more and is able to analyse whenever or not that move makes sense. I've also noticed on my kids that they tend to do the same, and it helps them to view other options.

That and like it has been mentionned, help with comprehension. I've also been more sensible on how to explain something to others, it's not only that you teach the rules, but that the other players do understand them!
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If you can think outside of the box in a game, you can think outside of the box in life. To that end, gaming helps me with deduction skills, mathematics, identifying causalities, and even abstract thought processes.
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J.L.Robert wrote:
...identifying causalities...


Yes, a great skill to have!
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J.L.Robert wrote:
If you can think outside of the box in a game, you can think outside of the box in life. To that end, gaming helps me with deduction skills, mathematics, identifying causalities, and even abstract thought processes.


I find board gaming very helpful in identifying casualties. meeple
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I find it to be a rewarding, yet a niche hobby.

When I put out a board game, there will be a group that is open to give it a try. I like these people. But then there are people who have preconceptions and come with it either very negatively (OMG TAKES TOO LONG, OMG ITS TOO HARD, OMG LETS GO PLAY VIDEAR GAMES), or don't bother at all.

My experience has taught me that gateway games are essential. New players have a hard time in complex games and more so if you are a good player, to the point where they might not try it again.

I play with two types: one being playing games that many people can enjoy, simple gateway games and specific ones that I enjoy, which are generally more complex.

It doesn't have the advertisement or the flashiness of today's electronic mediums, but it brings people together.
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From a general citizen's standpoint, I think I've learned some valuable lessons about the utility and limitations of force and diplomacy and that colors my political choices. I look for pragmatic realists to get my vote.

From a life-skills standpoint I think I'm more comfortable with numbers and figuring out procedures because of my long experience with game rules,

Mostly, though, I don't worry about developing skills from my gaming. I'm doing it for the enjoyment.
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Abstract Thinking: I work as a designer, so being able to think outside the box helps heaps.

Faster Basic Computations: The ability to look at things like probablities and other simple computations and work them faster.

Critical Thinking: He who hesitates is lost. Making decisions and making the correct decisions are a big facet of life as well as gaming.

Fact/Information Retention: Ability to absorb information.

That's about all I can think of. Some of them I had before gaming, but I believe gaming has sharpened them, in some cases considerably.
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