GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.- Yahtzee and Monopoly are still popular, but board games have come a long way in the last few years. And more and more people are playing.

There is a board game convention in Grand Rapids this weekend (Grand Con), and they are expecting close to 3,000 participants.

There are strategy games, war games, card games and dice games. Organizers say there is a surge in interest because board games bring people together.

“This is a way to unplug," explains Jessica Davis. Her Twitter handle is @Boardgame_girl1. “Spend time with family and friends and really talk versus having your nose in a device.”

“And you have conventions like this everywhere across the United States every weekend,” adds Uwe Eckert, president of Academy Games.

Developers say the US military even uses board games to teach young officers battlefield skills. The Grand Con gaming convention continues at DeVos place in Grand Rapids through Sunday, Sept. 16.

“It is just fun,” says Kay King. “It is something you can do with your whole family and you don't have to spend a lot of money.”

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