It's All a Game: The History of Board Games from Monopoly to Settlers of Catan by Tristan Donovan

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Read It's All a Game: The History of Board Games from Monopoly to Settlers of Catan Online Free - Board games have been with us longer than even the written word. But what is it about this pastime that continues to captivate us well into the age of smartphones and instant gratification?

In It’s All a Game, British journalist and renowned games expert Tristan Donovan opens the box on the incredible and often surprising history and psychology of board games. He traces the evolution of the game across cultures, time periods, and continents, from the paranoid Chicago toy genius behind classics like Operation and Mouse Trap, to the role of Monopoly in helping prisoners of war escape the Nazis, and even the scientific use of board games today to teach artificial intelligence how to reason and how to win. With these compelling stories and characters, Donovan ultimately reveals why board games have captured hearts and minds all over the world for generations.

Title : It's All a Game: The History of Board Games from Monopoly to Settlers of Catan
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ISBN : 1250082722
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 pages


Orsolya rated it ★★★★★

June 26, 2017

No matter the obsession with technology and computerized entertainment; the playing of board games still abounds the lives of youth and has even experienced resurgence in the culture of adults from “board game nights” to dates. Akin to the analog in a digital world, board games may not be the pri...

John rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 12, 2017

Remember playing good ol' board games? Dozens of examples here on how we learned, played and then discarded these artifacts from our past. The instructions were always kept handy. Either the supplied booklet version, or when this was promptly lost, there was usually a condensed version under that...

Nathan rated it ★★★★☆

September 02, 2017

Donovan's Replay is my favorite history of videogames due to its wide-ranging scope and attention to non-US games. This is a different kind of history. Rather than covering a wide swath of games, Donovan chooses those with the biggest cultural impact, from chess and senet to Clue and Catan. Each...

Aisling rated it ★★★★☆

October 27, 2017

This was much more interesting than I had expected it to be. I've always liked board games and often wondered where they stemmed from. I had a vague idea about the background of Chess but never knew about the starry past of Backgammon and I learned so much about the unlikely beginnings of Monopol...

Peg rated it ★★★★☆

September 06, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this! It has such a conversational feel as you're learning the history and highlights of games I grew up on or now, have yet to try. I could never have imagined all the facts and transformations games have gone through, let alone religious aspects such as chess! If yo...

Scott rated it ★★★★☆

November 01, 2017

It starts out very good with some nice histories on the classics (chess, backgammon) and 20th century-era games (Monopoly, Risk). It drops off by the last few chapters when it attempts to cover some newer games and kind of loses focus. If you like this sort of thing, I suggest listening to "Biogra...

Tudor rated it ★★★★☆

June 20, 2017

Very little about the modern board games, but the history of the older ones was interesting and engaging.

Tammie rated it ★★★★★

October 20, 2017

I love board games, so maybe I started out with a positive bias, but this work of non-fiction was great. It;s the kind of book you can read only the part that interests you and still love it or all of it. I borrowed this book from the library, but now I think I may order a copy for myself. I loved...

Aimee rated it ★★★★★

September 28, 2017

4.5 stars Originally reviewed @ Reading Lark: I’ll skip the traditional summary because the subtitle (The History of Board Games from Monopoly to Settlers of Catan) handled that job for me, and get right to why I think this is such a great book. In addition...

Anna rated it ★★★★☆

March 24, 2017

I have to start this review with a disclaimer: I LOVE board games and I was so excited to read this book. So my thoughts might be a tad bit biased.... That being said, I loved this book and I think I would've been quite entertained by it even if I wasn't such a tabletop game fanatic. It was well-o...

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