Stone of Remembrance

December 20, 2007

Eurogames in the Mainstream

Filed under: Commentary, Games — admin @ 20:55

Brave and Profitable New World

As Dale Yu pointed out over at Boardgame News, there’s been quite a lot of mainstream media attention toward Eurogames and other “designer” games this year. Consider this list from Wired magazine: the ten best for gift-giving in 2007 –

  1. Hey, That’s My Fish!
  2. Ra
  3. Wits & Wagers
  4. RoboRally
  5. BattleLore
  6. Fiji
  7. Settlers of Catan
  8. Coloretto
  9. Go
  10. Puerto Rico

All pretty good games, though I’m no big fan of W&W and I suck at Go. (Actually, I played Fiji a couple of years ago and decided that it hurt my head, and I could do almost as well playing randomly as using any kind of strategy.) But it’s hard to go wrong with the rest.

I know that some people’s first reaction (you still reading this, Slet?) is to say, “well, yah, that’s just Wired. But take a look at this article, or this one, or this gift guide. That’s a lot of publicity.

Anything to avoid (in Lore Sjöberg’s words) endless “versions of Monopoly”.

Happy Christmas Gaming!

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