Today I played Settlers of Catan for six hours. I regret nothing.
Board games are cheap fun. You can eat or drink while playing, you can play with a few or many players, and you only pay for them once. The more you play, the more value you get out of the (relatively) small upfront cost.
Hiking is still one of the cheaper fun things to do, but hiking requires you to drive to the trailhead — the car can be a significant cost.
With strategy games like Catan, you also feel like you accomplished something, as opposed to watching Netflix. So I ordered Catan, Scrabble, Monopoly, and Clue to start, with more games to come later.
The question I have is, why did everyone stop playing Words with Friends? Reasons that come to my mind are the asynchronous nature of the game and the lack of tactile pieces to play with. Much like conversations, sitting down and playing a board game in-person is much different than playing online with friends.
And in this day and age, many of us are looking for ways to get offline and experience the world firsthand more.