Until the 1980s, the international market for games was strongly dominated by America, with Europe relying mainly on the traditional games and imports from the US. Things started changing when a group of German game-makers developed a new desigh philosophy that resulted in highly popular board games. In this talk Arnaudo will discuss the emergence of German-style board games, their development into what is today known as "Euro-style gaming," and the role European games had in creating a strong community of players. In so doing, the speaker will also point out how this style of gaming has led to a rebirth of analog, board-based entertainment which has partially countered the dominance of the video game industry.
Marco Arnaudo, Professor of Italian Stiudies will bring several representative European board games for the audience to try. Light refreshments will be served.
Sponsored by the Institute for European Studies