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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Revised edition (August 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486238555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486238555
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #562,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have ought and given away five copies of this book, bought through Dover Pubs.
Richard Staats
The author has done a great amount of research and approached his subject in a very scholarly manner.
D. Blankenship
This is a great book, although I recommend it more for reference than for reading cover-to-cover.
Megan Romer

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Megan Romer on December 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a great book, although I recommend it more for reference than for reading cover-to-cover. It's been around since 1960 and is certainly a classic in the genre. Among the games it covers are games that will be familiar to most players: Checkers, Chess, Pachisi (aka Parcheesi), Backgammon, and Cribbage. It also covers some that will be familiar to avid gamers: Mancala, Go, Shogi, Nine Men's Morris, Alquerque. Then there is the plethora of games and versions of games that most people have never heard of, either because they are only played in very specific areas of the world, or because they haven't been played in hundreds of years.

All in all, if you can afford the relatively cheap price tag, this game will make a nice addition to your bookshelf. It's not necessarily essential, but it does make for a great reference work.
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23 of 32 people found the following review helpful By sfeikema@mach3ww.com on September 3, 1997
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book if your into playing
board games ( the Chess/checkers/Backgammon kind rather than the Monopoly/Careers kind). This book
has 15o+ traditional board games from around the
world, some ancient and many very fun to play!
If your into other cultures or just want something
different to play, its a good book.
A number of ones not in standard American repertoire, in this book:
Go, an unusual oriental game said to be on par with Chess(still unbeaten by computers)
Chinese, Japanese, Burmese and Arab versions of Chess, and the ancient ancestor of them all.
Hnefa-tafl, a clever Viking game
Latrunculi, the Roman's game of intellect
Mancala and co., a very weird and very fun group
of games, called "the National Game of Africa"

OK, I'm outta time here, ya get the idea ;)
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on March 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
Board (or table) games have been around for at least 5,000 years and are still going strong. Before the age of the computer they were a primary source of entertainment as far as games go. As an aside, the very first "thing" my wife and I purchase as a couple after we were married was a board game...Monopoly in our case. If I remember right, we paid a little over three dollars for it and it just about broke us.

But this work is not about such games. The author has done a great amount of research and approached his subject in a very scholarly manner. This is as much a history book as it is a work about its subject, games. This study was first published in 1960 in two volumes. The book being reviewed here is both volumes bound into one edition and was first published in that form in 1979.

This work has many strengths and a few weaknesses; depending upon your particular needs and depending upon your particular passion for the subject. I must tell you that for most, this is not a book that you would probably want to read cover to cover as you would a novel. No, this is more of a reference book than anything else. It is, in my opinion, still one of the best books available on the subject, especially if it is used as an introduction or "seed book" to encourage those who have an interest in such matters to seek out and explore other works. This is not a light read by any means and it most certainly is not a book that will teach the reader the absolute rules or subtle nuances of each game it covers. But let me state again, this is not a light weight "fun" book to read. The author is quite serious about his subject and treats it as such. I dare say that if you have no interest in the subject, your eyes will roll to the back of your head as you read this work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Staats on April 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is one of my favorite books in my gaming reference library. I enjoy reading about the history of games, and this knowledge has been helpful to me in travels throughout the world. Nearly every location plays some variation of a game described in this book. On many occasions, I have been able to play a game and foster goodwill with the local population based on R.C. Bells great works.

Additionally, there is enough data to allow you to construct and play the games. Many of the academic books are light on practical details.

I have ought and given away five copies of this book, bought through Dover Pubs. I am happy to see that Amazon picked it up.

This is a great book as either a reference or a fun read for game history buff.

In service,

Rich
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By K. Anderson on December 31, 2013
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This book, unlike the vast majority written about board games, eschews Eurocentricism. An additional bonus is its cost. When reading the book, I am reminded of the much more expensive Harold J. R. Murray's Board Games Other than Chess. It is a great resource for building a global perspective into the study of games.
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