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01 July 2015 @ 07:26 am
African American history scholar loves, discusses board games.
nancylebov: green leavesnancylebov on July 1st, 2015 01:43 pm (UTC)
I don't remember the game (something like Kingsgate?), but I found myself in the somewhat emotionally odd position of my best strategic choice being to get on the path to building a cathedral.

I asked whether there were historical games with Jewish characters and was told there weren't any.

Edited at 2015-07-01 01:55 pm (UTC)
Dan Blumtool_of_satan on July 1st, 2015 11:19 pm (UTC)
There are some, but not many, and all the ones I can think of have pre-Diaspora themes.
Avram Grumer: Post-It Portraitagrumer on July 2nd, 2015 12:17 am (UTC)
The games club I played with got super into Puerto Rico when it came out (we’d sometimes have three sets going simultaneously). And yeah, we’d sort of make sour little ironic voices when talking about the “colonists” in the game. I don’t recall there being any African-American members, and I wondered at the time how comfortable they would be with the game, and with us if it were the first thing we put in front of them.

I’m having similar thoughts now about another game I might buy, The Builders: Antiquity, which lets players purchase (and free!) slaves as part of the mechanics. I’ve already got the previous game in the series, which doesn’t have the slaves, and it’s fun, if a bit lightweight. I’m sure I’d love the newer one (if it ever gets published in English), but the slaves could make it awkward and uncomfortable to introduce to people.