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Board and Table Games from Many Civilizations Paperback – August 19, 2010
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As with other R.C. Bell books, the formatting and print generally isn't the greatest. Also, there is no standard for reporting the rules though it seems like one could have been established for each game type. Sometimes you get a set of rules, and others you get a kind of a verbose walk through pointing out the rules.
A great introductory read for all the games included. I would definitely cross check the rules with other books or online. Many times, especially with games so old as these, there are slight nuances in reported rules, such as the ability to move 3 instead of 4 spaces, or other small balancing issues like that.
I'm generally a big fan of R.C. Bell's game books. This is is the most comprehensive. Discovering Old Board Games is a great tiny book that covers a ton of books, but they are all included in this one too (Board and Table Games is much less portable). Board Games round the World: A Resource Book for Mathematical Investigations is great from him too. It has larger pages and better formatting and pictures, but not any better content then you can get in his other two books.