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From the Mind of a Board Gamer
From the Mind of a Board Gamer

Founding Mothers of Board Games

 

Like most things in life board games are not free from controversy. Whether we are talking about the 1971 game by the name of Sexism where winning as a female character has the game declare you a human and should be treated accordingly. Or if you open up the rule book of your favourite board game, chances are that players will only be referred to as he/his and no mention of any other type of player. However, I am here to enlighten you on how much of an impact women have had in the board game community.

Eleanor Abbott: The creator of the game Candy Land, developed while she was recovering from polio is 1948. After making the game and playing it with the children in the same ward, Abbott later submitted the idea to Milton Bradley Company. Once Candy Land was published in 1949 it became one of the best-selling board game.

Leslie Scott: The creator of the game Jenga, the release was in 1983. Scott was born in Tanzania, Africa and had lived in East Africa where she grew up learning English, and Swahili from the name Jenga derived from, as it means “build.”

Elizabeth Magie: The creator of a game called The Landlord’s Game, however some very shady and underhanded business you may know the game as Monopoly. After selling the patent rights to The Landlord’s Game the Parker Brothers they changed the name to Monopoly and took full credit for the idea. For a more in-depth look at the events, you can read here.

From the Mind of a Board Gamer

It’s Not Personal, It’s Business.

I have heard that board games are for those rainy days sitting together with your family having a cheerful, loving time. However, for anyone who has played Risk before, you know the experience ends a little differently. Board games today are far more than child’s play; they are a test of one’s skill, and not to be taken lightly. Having a group of people sit down at a table together and battle it out for the title of ultimate winner, that is what board games are all about for me. Though it is not just what is going on with the board that sparks my interest, my favourite part of every game is the social game that is being played around the board.

Strategically turning players against each other, convincing the other player what is best of them, removing the target off of yourself, or just trying to be the most deceitful person you can be is what boardgames for me are all about. Bring on your Risk, Monopoly, Settlers of Catan, or Munchkin as I look forward to the victories and the gloating that follows.

By visiting the Boardroom I will be keeping you updated each week about what game I am playing, and providing my personal opinion on it. I will talk about aspects of the game I enjoyed, and parts that I thought were missing, but of course I will look into what I found were useful and helpful strategies that can make a winner out of you. You’ll find all types of board games reviewed here, however, you will not be finding any cooperative game reviewed…it’s just bad business.