by Moss Scheurkogel
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2-4 Players, Play Time 20-45 mins.
Cooperative gaming is a notion that many people are hesitant about at first glance. Indeed, when I proposed to my parents that we play a game where we all work together to win as a communal group, they must have thought I was one braid away from joining the drum circle that lives down by the beach. But working as a team to overcome a set challenge is actually quite a natural form of gaming. We do it in video games, we do it in roleplaying games, and we even do it in sports. So why do board games need to be head-to-head, territorial fight-for-dominance bloodbaths? There are a number of fantastic cooperative games out there in which the players rely on teamwork to triumph over the game itself, and one of my personal favourites is Forbidden Island.