Eurogames: The Design, Culture and Play of Modern European Board Games

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McFarland, Aug 16, 2012 - Games - 262 pages
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While board games can appear almost primitive in the digital age, eurogames--also known as German-style board games--have increased in popularity nearly concurrently with the rise of video games. Eurogames have simple rules and short playing times and emphasize strategy over luck and conflict. This book examines the form of eurogames, the hobbyist culture that surrounds them, and the way that hobbyists experience the play of such games. It chronicles the evolution of tabletop hobby gaming and explores why hobbyists play them, how players balance competitive play with the demands of an intimate social gathering, and to what extent the social context of the game encounter shapes the playing experience. Combining history, cultural studies, leisure studies, ludology, and play theory, this innovative work highlights a popular alternative trend in the gaming community.
 

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Eurogames is I liked a lot. It is good for what it is. It is a scholarly work, so that means there is way too much in-line documentation and a rather dry writing style, as long as you prepare yourself ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
5
1 A Brief Introduction to Hobby Games
15
2 AngloAmerican Hobby Board Games 19601995
32
3 Gesellschaftsspiele Gaming in Germany
46
4 From German Games to Eurogames
63
5 The Eurogame Genre
79
6 Hobby Gamers
120
7 The Pleasures of Play
146
8 Goals and Outcomes in Social Play
173
9 An Act Apart?
194
Conclusion
210
Chapter Notes
217
Bibliography
231
Index
257
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Stewart Woods is an assistant professor of communication studies at the University of Western Australia and a postdoctoral research fellow at Curtin University.

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