Board Games That Bored Gamers : NPR History Dept. : NPR:

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What accounts for the success and longevity of certain board games? “These cross-generational games typically are enjoyed by those who are young and old,” says Mary Pilon, author of the recently published The Monopolists – a book about the history of Monopoly. Popular board games “have an element of role-playing involved and give us a context to do things that we can’t typically do in real life. ”

She also cites the game-design mantra of techno-pioneer Nolan Bushnell, “which I think applies to board games, as well … good games must be easy to play, but difficult to master.”

 

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