Whether it is sunny or cold, board games can keep a business busy and change a dull or not so special evening to a contest for those who have strong nerves. Last time my friends and I decided to play a board game, we all had such a lovely time that we forgot what time it was up until one of my friends remarked that the sun was rising! It’s true it a board game is exciting and the teams are prepared to invest time in finding the best strategy so as to win their opponents, a game may have a long duration, before someone looses or quits. But just what is a board game and why do board games have had this kind of success?
A board game is any game played on a board, which is represented with a marked surface, with counters or pieces that are put on, removed from, or moved across this board. But even though board games are considered as simple family entertainment, there are lots of different types and classifications of board games, made as simplified simulations of real life or on the contrary don’t attempt to imitate reality. 1 example from each class is Monopoly, for instance, as it’s a game where you can buy or sell property, resembling the housing market, while Trivial Pursuit is a trivia game, analyzing the players’ knowledge-base on many different categories.
Likely you and I have played board games inherited from ancient civilizations and societies. Evidence reveals that board games were played since 3,500 BC in Egypt, while the Royal Tombs of Ur included, among other things, the Royal Game of Ur. But even though taking my favourite board game with me is a thought I should consider at some point, since I still belong to the living side for the river of life, I should probably continue to have fun and invite friends over to play board games and learn something new.
It is worth noting at this stage, the board game industry is a rather competitive one, this comes as no surprise, full of corporate mergers and acquisitions. Hasbro, one of the biggest companies worldwide owns a variety of games and sells them under different brand names to its operating markets since it is very difficult finding a global name and strategy and promoting the game with the use of the same message to all customers attempting to cover their similar requirements.
Finally, it’s important that you understand that board games are distinguished between those that are based on luck and those that based on strategy. But the truth is that some games include both elements and it’s not a good idea to classify them according to the one and not the other feature.