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(brief) introduction to board games
[14-July-2003 16:25 EST]
Game design is a skill that very few individuals
can claim to have mastered. Today, games must meet a range of strict criteria
in order to have the opportunity of becoming a classic in their own right.
Time constraints affecting people today mean that games need to be relatively
short (under an hour) to reach a conclusion. Similarly rules need to be
short and concise as very few people want to read a massive tome just
to get a game underway. The mechanics of play need to be straightforward
and intuitive. If a game is considered to be an exercise in pure strategy,
the element of luck needs to be kept to a minimum. And so the list goes
Most of the games herein are featured because of their elegance, simplicity, depth and level of excitement that they engender and are widely acclaimed as some of the best titles relesed in recent memory.
So sit back and enjoy a brief
snapshot of the competitive world of board gaming.