Social Interaction at Scrabbalatte

Face-to-face, social interaction is the foundation on which Let’s Scrabbalatte was built. (That is why we chose this topic as our first blog.) Of course, fun is also a strong contender for that title. We argue that the primary function of games is to bring people together, through shared activity and shared goals. Board games are an ancient tradition. A large part of why they have endured for thousands of years, is their ability to be a platform for conversation and sharing.

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”

Plato

Here are the top five ways we encourage social interaction at Let’s Scrabbalatte:

AN ICEBREAKER

Board games are a super effective ice breaker. Whether you are nervous in social settings, or you’re a social butterfly, the curve of getting to know someone new new is easier to navigate with a shared, interactive activity. This could be painting together or playing sports. We suggest board games for their variety of shared tasks, while keeping players face-to-face, and having fun.

HELP YOU LEARN ABOUT PEOPLE

You can learn about people by the way they play. Board games are, essentially, simulations of real-world skills and scenarios. You can find out if someone is a good communicator with Codenames, a good artist with Pictionary, is finance savvy with Monopoly, or has a sense of humour with Cards Against Humanity. Of course, there is more to people than you can learn in an hour, and real life experience is essential too, so treat this just as a sample.

AN INTERPERSONAL EXPERIENCE

Humans have always been natural tinkerers. We create new technologies to better our lives and create more time for leisure. The modern age of technology, in our culture, includes numerous ongoing devices: desktops, laptops, cell phones, tablets, consoles, smart homes, etc. Devices are good, but they can come with a cost of sacrificing interpersonal connection. We are trying to assist in regaining some of what may have been lost.

COMMUNICATION IS KEY

Board games help to build communication skills through a variety of means. In games, it is essential that players are “on the same page.” So, several opportunities to exchange information present themselves: fundamentally, players need to share the rules and agree upon them, but more than that, communication is required to express ideas and strategies, offer clever clues, engage in beneficial trades, and portray unique characters. Communication is the basis of multiplayer gaming.

AN OPPORTUNITY FOR COOPERATION

This leads to cooperation and teamwork. The beauty of modern board gaming is that there are several new cooperative games to choose from. (If you are a person who avoids Monopoly because of fighting, these games may be for you.) This means players win or lose based on the overall success of the team. They are a harmonious group experience. One advantage games have is instant feedback., so there is a large opportunity to communicate and several strategies. More deeply, evaluating choices in games can assist in the growth of healthy “real-world” behaviour. There is a soft opportunity to do some personal mining there.

That just scratches the surface, but provides a basic overview of how games are linked to social interaction. It is a deep and fascinating subject that we take to heart. It’s mostly all games here, but we do enjoy exploring serious ideas as well.

We appreciate the opportunity to get “face-to-face” with customers, every day. Learning with you, through the games you love to play, is part of why we do this. We love them too, so it’s one more reason to connect.