What I love about boardgames, in contrast, is the requirement to memorize the underlying structure. You have to know why things work as well as what you can do.
Quotes about board games
Both board games and video games have enormous power to induce empathy, to induce players to step into someone else’s shoes. You’re not just reading about someone’s thoughts and decisions, you are making the decisions. So the nature and texture of those decisions is what causes people to achieve a deep realization and understanding.
Because tabletop games, unlike videogames, require every player to understand the entire game system to play. You need to understand not only the components, the goal, the rules, and the flow of play, but also how to assemble all these into a comprehensive strategy that will lead you to victory.