Board Game Buzz, March 4, 2013

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Here is the latest news in the world of board games, for the week of March 4th, 2013:

10 Greatest Science Fiction Board Games of All Time

Lists like these are always fun, if rather subjective: "Board games are great way to prove your intellectual superiority to your friends. But aren't they even better when they involve a sprawling science fiction premise?" Highlights include Risk 2210 A.D., Pandemic, Roborally, Twilight Imperium, and six more! [link]

Board Games Are Growing In Popularity Again

"Table-top games, once overshadowed by video games, are drawing people who want more social forms of entertainment. Driven by online word of mouth on board game websites such as BoardGameGeek and by the popularity of online digital games, including Days of Wonder's Small World, old-fashioned board games have acquired cult status and are growing in popularity." [link]

Backgammon Goes Global

"Members of the international backgammon community are coming together to compete for recognition as the leading country of backgammon. The January-February 2013 issue of PrimeTime Backgammon captures the excitement of the just-concluded 2nd International Backgammon Championship, with Petko Kostadinov emerging victorious in 1st place, and the American Team winning the Country Prize trophy for the U.S." [link]

The Shady Origins Of Five Popular Board Games

The dark origins of Monopoly, Life, Clue, Scrabble, and Chutes and Ladders: "Several of the most popular games out there have some not-so-family-friendly origins. So if you're looking to spark some interesting conversations next time you gather 'round the table for an evening of dice and fake money, here are a few of the lesser known tales of history's biggest board games." [link]

LaGrange Park mailman who invented board game Diplomacy is dead at 81

"To people in La Grange Park, Allan B. Calhamer was the postman who delivered the mail. But to people who played 'Diplomacy' – the addictive board game he designed as a law student at Harvard – Mr. Calhamer was a geek god." [link]

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