Competitiveness, entertainment, excitement, pleasure, success and the uncertainty of victory; All these things and emotions, these are the feelings that someone who has grown up playing amazing board games either as a child or adult, is exposed every single time they either eliminate Monopoly or go on to start playing Twister. Our book asks the question “But why only limit yourself or your family to these famously-known and over-played games, when there is a world of options out there?” Our book focuses on the many board games you can play that come from all over the entire world and that you can easily play with your children!
This is a two-player strategy game which is believed to have originated roughly 5,000 years ago back in African or amongst some lost Arabic culture, thusly, making it one of the oldest board games in existence. The board game is made up of a wooden board etched with fourteen small dents or pockets and is either played with small marbles or stones. The object of the Mancala game is for the player to try and collect all their opponent’s stones or marbles, by planning the next step in advance.
Backgammon is as common and popular and draughts or chess, they are often categorised together. It is said to have to originated back in the Mesopotamia times and is ranked as a strategy game, that is also thought to bring a player a little bit of luck.
When choosing to opt for backgammon, players combine assertiveness with their approach to gambling. The goal to success whilst playing is down to the player that is first in removing all their opponent’s fifteen disks from the game board.
Now, this is a very old game, which most definitely dates way back to medieval times. Millions of players enjoy this game daily because it was founding in India and is considered to be the “national game of India”. The premise of the cross patterned board is that this is a race game Which can be enjoyed between 2 and 4 players.
Each player has 8 gaming pieces to move around the board. The winner being the first around and making it back to the starting place. Pachisi comes in various versions, for example, in the United States of America, it’s called Parcheesi, out in Spain the game is called Parchís, and for any French players the game is referred to as the Game of Little Horses.
The section on card gaming covers such classics as blackjack and poker, but more focused on, is the game of baccarat because of its simplicity that can easily be picked up and played by children. Baccarat is a common casino game and easy to learn. Players win by trying to reach a score of 9 or as close to 9 as possible from their dealt cards.
Baccarat can also be found not just as a physical card game that you can share with friends and family, but can also be played digitally online.
This game is not to be mixed up with the other option of normal checkers which is another great board game. Despite being called Chinese Checkers, this version of the game has its roots based in Germany and is played on a board which is entirely star-shaped.
The object of this unique board game is to be the first player that is able to transfer all their pieces from their own corner with the one oppositely in front of you. Yes, this game can become chaos if you have six players involved.
The Go board game is abstract strategy game built for two players. The game of Go was originally created out in Ancient China and some players consider it to be just as old as Backgammon, making it up to 5,500-years-old.
Despite its age, the game of Go is still played and loved by all generations and it is most definitely a game for people that love a challenge for their mind. The object of winning is to cover the board with as many of your own gaming pieces than your opponent.
These games are classic ways of bringing people and families together, you can check out hundreds of more board games inside the Board Games Around the World book written by James Hay.