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I love to read. I read something like a dozen books a month, mostly fiction, but also a healthy dose of non-fiction.

Some of the best books I've read recently were books about games. Hobby Games: The 100 Best was one of the best reads I can recall.

I've also read and enjoyed A Gamut of Games, Playing With Pyramids, and Beginning Arimaa, as well as occasional books on Go and Chess.

What's next?
 
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What about reading games about comics? or books about video games? I also enjoy reading RPG books, I do not have time to play them, but the reading is interesting :D
 
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Romian wrote:
What about reading games about comics? or books about video games? I also enjoy reading RPG books, I do not have time to play them, but the reading is interesting


Didn't realise I'd posted my request for recommendations in Chit Chat . . .

 
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Have you read Word Freak? Interesting book on the world of competitive Scrabble.
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/22715

I especially recommend Connection Games, Avri.
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I really enjoyed "New rules for Classic games" (I think that is the right title) - it was the book that really said "guess what? you can make stuff up!" it was very liberating and put new live into many of our classic games.

edit: fixed book title
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I'm not sure if you'd enjoy books about wargames or not, but here are some older titles that you might find interesting, if you can find them:

Game Design: Theory and Practice
The Complete Book of Wargames
The Complete Wargames Handbook
Wargame Design

Adding a couple more I just thought of, also old but enjoyable:

The Comprehensive Guide to Board Wargaming
The Best of Board Wargaming
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Rules of Play by Katie Salen is really good. Here's a link to her website:
http://www.gamersmob.com/

Also, if you like reading about game design, welcome to the mystical secret archive of eurogame writing goodness at the now-defunct but thankfully-still-maintained "The Games Journal"

http://www.thegamesjournal.com/Archives.shtml

There's way more than a book worth in there. After you come up for air from that in a few months, also I recently saw a big coffee table sized book on board games at Barnes & Noble, and it looks like a great read:

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/The-Book-of-Games/Jack-Bote...

And in doing a search for that book, I found this one as well, which looks cool, although probably a lot more academic than interesting:

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Moves-in-Mind/Fernand-Gobet...

I also developed a huge list on game design, featuring geeklists that collect games based on features like combat, movement, or various mechanics:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/23757
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Great stuff, all - thank you. This thread is now in my Quickbar, and I'll be tracking down many of the suggestions.

Anyone else think someone should put together a coffee table book of old Games Journal articles?

Keep 'em coming . . .
 
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There's an antique mall in my town that has a whole box of Dragon magazines for like $5. One day, I think I'm gonna break down and buy them.
 
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What about...

1) Games of the World: How to Make Them, How to Play Them, How They Came to Be by Frederic V. Grunfeld
2) A History of Board-games Other Than Chess by Harold J.R. Murray
3) The Games We Played: The Golden Age of Board & Table Games by Margaret Hofer
4) Board and Table Games from Many Civilizations by R. C. Bell
5) Oxford History of Board Games by David Parlett
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I while since I read it, but how about 'The Dice Man' by Luke Rhinehart - strictly fiction of course.
 
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gejaycock wrote:
I while since I read it, but how about 'The Dice Man' by Luke Rhinehart - strictly fiction of course.


Actually read that one as far back as in High School. Interesting social commentary, and a decent read, but not quite what I had in mind.
 
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A good fiction book that I read is The Defense by Vladimir Nabokov. It is the story of a master chess player who starts to lose his sanity. As a chess player I could relate very well to the story.
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Kaelistus wrote:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/22715

I especially recommend Connection Games, Avri.


Wow - can't seem to find this one for under $60, *before* shipping. Going to be hitting the second hand book stores after the summer, I think . . .
 
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Colorado_Jeff wrote:
I'm not sure if you'd enjoy books about wargames or not, but here are some older titles that you might find interesting, if you can find them:

Game Design: Theory and Practice


Bought the .pdf from SJG. Looks like an interesting read - thanks!
 
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dooz wrote:
What about...

1) Games of the World: How to Make Them, How to Play Them, How They Came to Be by Frederic V. Grunfeld


Ordered and in the mail, thanks.

Any other suggestions?
 
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You probably already noticed, but in case you missed it, the Wargames Handbook is available online here:

http://www.hyw.com/Books/WargamesHandbook/Contents.htm
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How about The Study of Games by Avedon & Sutton-Smith?
http://gamestudies.org/0101/juul-review/

If you can find it, Gambling Games of Malaya is quite fascinating. As is Playing Politics.
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Have you read Word Freak? Interesting book on the world of competitive Scrabble.


Ordered!
 
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nycavri wrote:
Kaelistus wrote:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/22715

I especially recommend Connection Games, Avri.


Wow - can't seem to find this one for under $60, *before* shipping. Going to be hitting the second hand book stores after the summer, I think . . .


Double Wow! I bought it for like $15. I'm holding this puppy close...
 
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When I mentioned The Comprehensive Guide to Board Wargaming earlier in this thread, it was the first time in a few years I'd even thought of the book. I'll be going back and revisiting it and others mentioned here.

I did want to point out that the author, Nicholas Palmer, made an updated entry regarding the book just 2 days ago, and I thought that should be noted for any who might be interested in checking it out. (I just came across the entry a few minutes ago.)
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I second the recommendations in this thread and Kaelistus' GeekList!

But I'd like to warn you away from this one:
bookgnome wrote:
a big coffee table sized book on board games at Barnes & Noble, and it looks like a great read:

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/The-Book-of-Games/Jack-Bote...

It's an attractive book but the content is very poor, with numerous inaccuracies. I'm sorry I bought it without checking amazon first:

http://www.amazon.com/Book-Games-Strategy-Tactics-History/dp...

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