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The Games we Played: The Golden Age of Board and Table Games

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As families are rediscovering the joys and virtues of staying and entertaining at home, board games have surged in popularity indeed, sales doubled in the last year alone. this mirrors a trend in the late nineteenth century the heyday of American boards and table games when, fueled by the introduction of games coincided with a growing need for middle-class social entertain ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by Princeton Architectural Press
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Mar 01, 2011 Johnny rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
The Games We Played: The Golden Age of Board & Table Games is more of an art book or coffee table book than pure history book. Margaret A. Hofer is an art historian/museum curator more than a game historian and it shows in some of the descriptions of the elaborate color plates in this book. Those elaborate color plates are beautiful photographs of 19th century board games and, outside of the short introduction and seven brief introductions for various game themes, the text consists of brief ...more
Sep 28, 2016 Elizabeth rated it liked it
Great pictures, not much text.
Mar 14, 2013 Jocelyn rated it did not like it
Shelves: reality

Maybe I just didn't read the description? Does the description say "contains little interpretation, has big pictures" ?
Or what about this :
When the paper is brilliant white, the text should probably NOT be bright yellow.

I was looking for something like.. why the games were played? Where? How? Maybe a little bit of the rules to the games just for fun measure? Not so many sentences starting with "Possibly intended for" or "Might have been used with" or "Probably
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Jul 20, 2013 Chris Aylott rated it liked it
I have a bone to pick with this title, because I think the Golden Age of board games is right now. The games of today are certainly better than the games of a century ago, and they're still a popular form of entertainment.

That said, this is a fun read for the game artwork and the social attitudes expressed by the games themselves. I wish there had been more descriptions of rules and game play, but you can figure out a lot from looking at the boards. Plus you can be glad your own kids don't look
Apr 17, 2016 Brandt rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
This is more of a coffee table book than a book for people who want to know about this supposed "golden age" of gaming (I would argue that the golden age of board games is now, but that's an argument for another time.) The graphics are spectacular, but there is no discussion of the actual game play, and ultimately, that's what makes this a disappointing book.
Aug 06, 2016 Whitney rated it it was amazing
I like how this book was written. It wasn't too heavy on the text and leaned more toward the photos and examples of the very beautiful games, and the content was short and poignant. The color photos of the games are absolutely stunning and well-organized. I enjoyed this book very much.
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