1.1 The board game, an institution in Germany
Characteristics of a board game
Board games are difficult to define in absolute terms, and are generally characterized by:
- A regulation - the rule of the game - more or less complex;
- A minimum of 2 participants, as opposed to solitaire games or puzzles, played alone
- The need for one or more material supports (game board, counters, pen, dice, cards)
Unlike other European countries, such as France, where the popularity of board games has varied over the decades, Germany has always been a country with a high consumption of board games and has been involved in their renewal since the 1990s Indeed, family gatherings around a board game are very frequent, so that German board game publishers have enjoyed great economic success.
The famous British weekly magazine The Economist even went so far as to state that "Germany was to the board game what Belgium was to chocolate". ( The Economist, German recreation: An affinity for rules?, 08/2018 )
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