THE ART OF THE GAME BOARD ANDREA CONSTANTINE HAWKES

THE ART OF THE GAME BOARD
THE ART OF THE GAME BOARD
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After television, movies, video games, Twitter and Facebook, board games are at the bottom of the list of modern entertainment. But playing them still offers significant cultural consequences and experiences. Board games, as Kenneth T. Jackson reminds us, give us the opportunity to “enjoy inexpensive excitement and competition, where the playing surface is flat, where conditions are equal for everyone” and give us “the kind of clear victories and successes that are so rare in real life.” Board games still encourage families to spend time together, communicate, and pass on social rules and rituals to the next generation. The 2012 exhibit catalogue, “The Art of the Game Board” from the Rufus Porter Museum, will evoke powerful feelings of nostalgia for many. Raindrops pounding of the roof, hoots of uncontrollable laughter, and prideful cries of “I win!”—playing board games remains the perfect rainy day activity. This catalogue gives insight into the universal and deep-rooted tradition of playing games that result in “joy on the board,” and perhaps encourage budding collectors to rescue, preserve, and exhibit game boards in their own homes, or to decorate their own family heirloom. Paperback 48 pages