During the project, we very often with volunteers play different board games: uno, alias, munchkin, etc. This is a lot of fun. But, during quarantine, we began to play them 2 times more often. I asked a neighbor, and we really noticed that we started playing more actively and ordering home, new board games online. I decided to figure out what this is connected with and how many ESK volunteers play board games during quarantine.
The popularity of the cube, chips and cardboard field is growing in the conditions in which there are millions today: limited space, an excess of free time and at least one partner with whom you want to kill this time pleasantly and usefully. So it was a century ago, when the former Munich merchant Joseph Friedrich Schmidt presented 3 thousand copies of his not-so-very-good-selling game “Buddy, Do Not Be Angry” (in the original Mensch ärgere Dich nicht) to the Kaiser soldiers in the infirmaries. During World War I, such broad gestures were adopted in Germany. The warriors liked the game - letters and caricatures were preserved, telling how patients for hours “fought” on the “battlefield” with colorful chips. You can’t imagine the best advertisement - the demand finally appeared on the game. By 1920, a million copies had already been sold, and over 90 million over the next 100 years. It is still considered a classic of German board games, a must have for every family. Every year in May even hosts the German Championship in the game "Buddy, do not be angry." This year, due to COVID-19, it did not take place.
However, for a long time already in the home game rooms of Germans there were already not only the classic "Buddy, do not be angry", poker on the dice "Knifel", the card game "Uno" and the American bestseller "Monopoly". From 400 to 700 new games appear on the market annually! Many of them are exhibited for the first time at Spiel, the annual international board game fair held in Essen since 1983. Since 1978, the most interesting German family games have been awarded the Spiel des Jahres (German game of the year) prize, and since 1989 there has been a separate award for children's games. Not a single nation can be compared with the Germans in terms of their enthusiasm for board games. Spend 100-200 euros a month on an interesting game, play a couple of games in the evening, at a birthday or at a party, put a colorful cardboard novelty under the Christmas tree for Christmas - this is the norm in Germany.
Every day, all volunteers play games, and do not even think about it. In society, the social structure has developed so much that the familiar processes, which have become routine and everyday, are essentially games. Remember how in childhood, everyone played the "boutiques". Someone alone was a salesman, on a bench near the house he was breaking his toys, the so-called “Goods”. And all the rest came with "money", tattered leaves from a tree, and paid a leaf for toys. Because, I was a child and could not really go and buy even bread or milk in the store. Because he was afraid of a "scary" seller whom he would come to speak with. II And buying bread is the responsibility. But what if I buy the wrong bread and my mother scolds me? Therefore, in childhood we got out and bought what we could afford. Fortunately there were many trees in the yard, and everyone could afford any toy.
So now, during quarantine, board games are a form of meditation. One of the forms of asserting oneself in a company or society, in the absence of the normal existence of a social society. You can show your significance inside the project or eriudition or locality or ostort of thinking in a board game. Easily beating your opponent. Volunteers play dashboards every day, getting mad pleasure from it. They do not mind the money for new high-quality games, because even volunteers are ready to spend their precious package of money on this.
Over the past decades, there has been a demand for both the “tables” from Germany themselves and for licenses for their production in their own country. In the States, board games are even called "German games." America remains one of the key markets for their consumption. Towards the end of the 20th century, the term “German-style board games” took shape. They are characterized by relatively simple rules, a short or medium duration of the game, a fairly high level of abstraction, and a large interaction of players. As a rule, in German games there is no struggle or conflict between players. Just like in the German classic: "Buddy, don't be angry."
Play - and win!