IT'S ALL A GAME: A Short History of Board Games


IT'S ALL A GAME: A Short History of Board Games

TRISTAN DONOVAN    Book Number: 88214    Product format: Hardback

Draughts in a Victorian-era archway in Hackney is London's first board-game café. Today the retro feeling of playing Twister, Monopoly, Mouse Trap, Backgammon, or Operation is hugely popular. Here a games expert and journalist opens the box on the incredible and often surprising history and psychology of board games. He traces their evolution across cultures, time periods and continents and in the colour section of photographs even produces a Senet board made for the Ancient Egyptian pharaoh Amenhotep III c1390-1353 BC, the Royal Game of Ur from 260-240 BC recovered from excavations in Iraq with beautiful inlaid Turkish style designs, an 1860s Checkered Game of Life, and the Landlord's Game, the 1904 protest game created by Elizabeth Magie that evolved into Monopoly. Charles Darrow's hand-drawn circular board for his 1933 Monopoly set is shown which went from circular to square to Londoners having fun on a giant Monopoly board in Trafalgar Square during the 2016 London Game Festival. Read about the paranoid toy genius behind classics like Operation and Mouse Trap, to the role of Monopoly in helping British prisoners of war escape the Nazis. Compelling stories and characters, the rise of machines, Trivial Pursuit, pandemics and terror, plastic fantastic, Scrabble, Cluedo's million-dollar crime spree and how Chess and Monopoly became tools of espionage and propaganda. 326pp, colour photos.
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