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...

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...

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...

Tudor rated it ★★★★☆

June 20, 2017

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

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...

Cindy (Thoughts From a Page) rated it ★★★★☆

May 08, 2017

We like to play board games at my house so I was eager to read It’s All a Game to learn more about the creation of some of our favorite games. For the most part, the book was interesting and entertaining, and I learned a lot of fascinating facts that I have been imparting to my family and friends...

Theediscerning rated it ★★★★★

July 01, 2017

This must be on my shortlist for non-fiction title of the year, for it really does hit the spot. The contents page doesn't look particularly like it, but it is a straight historical narrative on the whole, covering the millennia from the early board games' evolution, up to modern computer program...

Alysia rated it ★★★☆☆

September 14, 2017

I very interesting book about the history of board games. They start by talking about the most ancient games (some found in Egyptian tombs) and move through history to the present. The oldest game still in existence is chess. I agree with another reviewer that felt that too much of the book relat...

Kelli rated it ★★★★★

June 29, 2017

This book was absolutely fantastic. As a regular board game player and lover of all board games from the classics like Monopoly and Life to the newer German-style games like Pandemic and Ticket to Ride, I loved getting a look into the history and social climate of the time these games were create...

Mike rated it ★★★★☆

August 06, 2017

This is a brief history of (popular) board games, taking the reader from the early Egyptians up through the modern day. You'll read the origin stories behind generic games such as chess and backgammon as well as popular branded games like Monopoly, Clue and Settlers of Catan (to name a few). As a...

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