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9 Celebrities Who Love to Play Board Games

Posted Friday, 11-Sep-2015

From the NFL to the Hunger Games, these are the celebrities who love the same games you do.

Contributed by Andrew Knighton

 

With board games growing in popularity, more and more celebrities are coming out as gamers.  Here are just a few of those star gaming fans.

 

Catan on the set of The Hunger Games

True Detective and Zombieland star Woody Harrelson is a dedicated gamer who takes Settlers of Catan on location to keep him entertained between shoots.  Harrelson met his Settlers match on the set of The Hunger Games while playing Catan with costar Elizabeth Banks.

 

 

The Pitch Perfect and Lego Movie star kept quiet about her own Catan habit until she’d had a chance to beat him.

 

Catan in the locker room

Settlers of Catan seems to be everywhere, and that includes the locker room of the Green Bay Packers.

 

Green Bay Packers Catan
Illustration: Kyle T. Webster

 

Since being introduced to the game by starting tackle David Bakhtiari, many of the team’s players have become obsessive fans.

 

Get in line to play games with Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba, The Sin City and Fantastic Four actress, plays a lot of board games and is a fan of Apples to Apples.  

 

Jessica Alba loves Apples to Apples
Jessica Alba loves Apples to Apples.

 

All that time thinking strategy probably pays off when you’re also the businesswoman behind The Honest Company.

 

Play Catan with an American Idol winner

Kris Allen, the Season 8 American Idol winner is another player of Settlers of Catan

 

Kris Allen Plays Catan
Kris Allen Plays Catan

 

No Catan-themed album is due yet though.

 

From Star Trek to board games

Wil Wheaton.   No list of celebrity board gamers would be complete without the Star Trek actor and procraimed King of Nerds.  Wheaton enjoys board games so much that he hosts his own YouTube show about them, with celebrity players including Alan Tudyk, Karen Gillan and Seth Green.

 

Wil Wheaton has played a vital part in re-energizing the board game industry.
Wil Wheaton has played a vital part in re-energizing the board game industry.

 

Recent shows have covered Love Letter, Kingdom Builder and Sushi Go!

Mad about board games with Mad Men’s Rich Sommer

Mad Men star Rich Sommer is another player who takes games to set, introducing his fellow actors to Hive and 1960: The Making of the President.

 

Mad Men Star Rich Sommer hosts in own board game podcast, "Cardboard".
Mad Men Star Rich Sommer hosts in own board game podcast, “Cardboard”.

 

And Rich has some celebrity gaming buddies…

 

Jorge Garcia

 

Jorge Garcia got pulled into gaming from Rich Sommer.
Jorge Garcia got pulled into gaming from Rich Sommer.

 

When Rich Sommer wanted to raise money for a board gamers charity, he auctioned an evening of gaming with him and Lost actor Jorge Garcia.

…the third member of the group?

 

Simon Helberg

 

Simon Helberg plays board games on and off screen.
Simon Helberg plays board games on and off screen.

 

Apparently Howard from The Big Bang Theory has some gaming tendencies off screen as well as on, as he was the third member of Sommer’s celebrity gaming line-up.

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