The Game’s Afoot!


The board game is enjoying a welcome revival. As with vinyl, a younger generation is embracing the analogue, and, once again, bookshops are stocking a variety of old-fashioned board games, albeit re-designed for the 21st century. Perhaps this is a reaction to the soulless world of computer games- for traditional games are very much about human interaction. People have played board games since the days of the Ancient World. Senat (an early ‘blocking’ game), found in Egyptian burial tombs of the First Dynasty, is believed by archaeologists to be the earliest game extant. And although the original rules are lost, Egyptologists have reconstructed gameplay based on ancient texts.

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