Why put Setup at the end of the video?

Some viewers may wonder why the Setup section appears at the end of our How to Play videos, since certain top-tier YouTube channels begin their instructional videos with setup.

Setup belongs dead last a How to Play video, if it appears in the video at all. There is no other product on Earth that someone would introduce by telling you how to assemble it! (And yes, that includes Lego!)

We want to get viewers interested in a board game. We deliberately relegate Setup to the end, and focus first on answering these three questions in an attractive flyover shot: 

  • who do you and your friends get to be?
  • where/when is the game set?
  • what do you need to do in order to win?

How to Play videos are largely for prospective customers, rather than existing customers. Viewers interested in setup can either skip to the end of the How to Play video using either the scrub bar or the timecode links that we provide in the YouTube description, or by watching our separate Setup video for that game. Leaving setup til the end is a hallmark of Nights Around a Table; it’s one way we aim to provide a superior board game video experience.


Ryan likes

  • pirate and sci fi games
  • beautiful, stylized artwork
  • high production values
  • player interaction
  • complexity
  • worker placement games, deck-builders that use dice or tokens instead of cards, tableau-builders, word games, and party games with humour as a focus

Ryan doesn’t like

  • tile placement games
  • war games
  • player elimination
  • multiplayer solitaire
  • dungeon crawlers
  • minis
  • tacked-on themes
  • amateur artwork
  • flimsy game components

Check out Ryan’s personal board game collection and wishlist on  BoardGameGeek.com!

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