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Really interesting article about the hobby we all love.

Worth a read if you get the time, even if The Atlantic sometimes feels the need to prove it’s the smartest guy in the room.

https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2018/01/german-...
 
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Way better than most "mainstream" articles.

But is Phil Eklund a star in Germany?

 
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It felt like Eklund's story had been slightly crow-barred in to the Eurogame narrative.

I also raised an eyebrow at this:

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The result is a vastly more pacifist style of a game that can appeal to women as much as men
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Posting the same link I did in response to the other thread about this article. Jonathan Kay is is bit of a controversial figure around here.
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Yeah, I mean, Phil Eklund is well-known inside a particular niche of board games -- even on BGG his games are still pretty niche -- so saying he's one of the most famous designers (whether in Germany or on BGG or elsewhere) or a "star" seems to be a huge stretch. ´

I do think that in Germany board games have traditionally been an activity for the whole family, which naturally includes more women than in the US, where it traditionally seems to have been a hobby primarily for male geeks.
I also think that games which are less focused on violent conflict are more family-friendly and more likely to appeal to a wider audience (in general).
But their formulation just regurgitates tired clichés.
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Over at the other thread, user Legomancer pointed to the response from Michael Barnes in the comments. If you haven't read that, you should. It's much better than the article.
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Windopaene wrote:
Way better than most "mainstream" articles.

But is Phil Eklund a star in Germany?



Not to my knowledge...
But maybe I am not involved enough into the German cult-boardgame-designer scene... ;-)
 
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Clever games like Cards Against Humanity and Exploding Kittens?!?
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