A BBC online article today covered the resurgence of fantasy board gaming. I found the thoughts of participants and an academic pretty much also covers a lot of territory with increasing gender fluidity.
"I think the escapism is the best bit," says 27-year-old gamer Hannah Yeates. "For a few hours you can become a completely different person living a completely different life, making decisions you'd never make and forgetting what's happening in the real world...It's liberating."
Prof James Newman, film lecturer at Bath Spa University; "There is potentially something appealing about the limitations of board games. Their altogether more symbolic and iconic pieces and counters mean you have to imaginatively fill in the gaps."