Tuesday August 11, 2020

Arts Feature: The board identity

Once seen as the preserve of nerds and anoraks, board games are witnessing an unlikely but huge revival across the (ahem) board, writes Ed Power.

6th July, 2014
Jay McKeown, director of BroCon 2014, a gaming and anime convention running at the University of Limerick from July 18 to 20. Picture: Brian Gavin/Press 22

The rattle of the dice, the shuffle of fake money, the gentle clunk of plastic figurines across a board . . . for many Irish people, board games are synonymous with forced familial jollity at Christmas and rainy weekends of their childhoods. However, this cliché, if deeply embedded in our collective psyche, is increasingly outdated. Once the stodgiest of pursuits, board gaming has, over the past number of years, shed its naff image and is...

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