Whether it is cold or bright, board games can keep a company busy and transform a dull or not so special evening to a contest for people with 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 is true it a board game is exciting and the teams are willing to invest time in finding the best strategy so as to win their opponents, a game may have a long duration, before somebody looses or quits. But just what is a board game and 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 easy family entertainment, there are many different types and classifications of board games, made as simplified simulations of real life or on the contrary don’t try to imitate reality. One example from each class is Monopoly, for example, as it’s a game where one can buy or sell real estate, resembling the real estate market, while Trivial Pursuit is a trivia game, analyzing the gamers’ knowledge-base on a variety of categories.
Probably you and I have played board games inherited from ancient cultures and societies. Evidence reveals that board games were played because 3,500 BC in Egypt, while the Royal Tombs of Ur contained, among other things, the Royal Game of Ur. But even though taking my favorite board game with me is a thought I should consider at some point, because 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’s worth noting at this point, the board game business is a rather competitive one, this comes as no surprise, filled with corporate mergers and acquisitions. Hasbro, among the largest companies worldwide owns a variety of games and sells them under different brand names to its operating markets since it’s very difficult finding a global name and strategy and promoting the game by means of the exact same message to all customers attempting to cover their similar requirements.
Finally, it’s important to know that board games are distinguished between the ones which are based on luck and people that based on strategy. But the truth is that some games include both elements and it’s not a good idea to classify them based on the one rather than the other feature.