Board Games Are Back!

An article in The Atlantic magazine, The Invasion of the German Board Games attracted my attention because a “like” in my inbox recently was on my mind.

Below the title of the article by Jonathan Kay, dated Jan 21, 2018, one finds: Their peaceful premises and intricate rule systems are changing the way Americans play—and helping shape an industry in the process.

“In a development that would have been hard to imagine a generation ago, when video games were poised to take over living rooms, board games are thriving. Overall, the latest available data shows that U.S. sales grew by 28 percent between the spring of 2016 and the spring of 2017. Revenues are expected to rise at a similar rate into the early 2020s—largely, says one analyst, because the target audience “has changed from children to adults,” particularly younger ones.

Much of this success is traceable to the rise of games that, well, get those adults acting somewhat more like children. Clever, low-overhead card games such as Cards Against Humanity, Secret Hitler, and Exploding Kittens (“A card game for people who are into kittens and explosions”) have sold exceptionally well.”

https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2018/01/german-board-games-catan/550826/

Secret Hitler? Exploding Kittens? To me a board game would be Backgammon, Chess, or Go. Who knows, maybe in the future there will be an Exploding Chess game on the market…

My inbox contained this: Gamer On Board liked your post on Armchair Warrior

They thought Rethinking Opening Strategy was pretty awesome.

You should go see what they’re up to. Maybe you’ll like their blog as much as they liked yours!

They (also) thought “They’re here” was pretty awesome.

I always “go see what they’re up to” if someone likes a post. For the next seven days Gamer On Board is having a “Super Sale up to 80% off all items!”

They have all kinds of board games for sale, including a Ches set! Check them out. Be sure to tell them the Armchair Warrior sent you.

https://gameronboard.com/

7. The Game

Your life defined by many lies
You dwell in your own words
Distant from all that’s real
Gaze into the mirror
And behold the Face of a player

A game of life – the game of life
A game with your life – the game
A game of life – the game of life
A game with your life – the game of life

In some situations once so common
And then disappointed stabbed those
That once aided you in the back
Seeking truth in a glass

A game of life – the game of life
A game with your life – the game
A game of life – the game of life
A game with your life – the game of life

Aggressive and disappointed
You roam through life
Tossing away
Your whole future for a
Small illusion in your head

A game of life – the game of life
A game with your life – the game
A game of life – the game of life
A game with your life – the game of life

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