A game is generally a structured, repeated form of play, sometimes used for fun or entertainment, and at other times used as a formal educational tool. Games are very different from work, which typically are carried out for profit, and from fine art, which are often more of an expression of philosophical or aesthetic elements. In most cases, games can be played individually or with the goal of progressing through a game to achieve a particular objective. Some forms of competitive gaming are racquet ball, bridge, billiards, chess, hopscotch and snooker.
There are many forms of board games, the main ones being: Monopoly (pool is the most popular of the board games), Clue, Risk, Clue X, and the Ultimate Castle Crasher (yes – it’s that addictive). All of these have been adapted into computer game adaptations, or into role playing games (RPG) where players take on the role of one of their characters and interact with the random computer generated environment to try and save the playable character from being captured, sold, or killed. The genre of board games goes back to the 19th century English board game “Weeh” which was also known as Weehue Whaler. It was very popular in its day and spawned many imitations, including Chess, Cornhole, and Scrabble.
Board games can be adapted into many different media, including computer games, TV shows, movies, theme parks and now the video game industry. With all this going on it’s easy to see why people like to collect the various pieces of board and card game history, and why they’re so keen to play video games that recreate those stories. Collecting these is a great hobby and is also a great outlet for creativity, as well as being a fun past time. Here’s a quick main article on collecting board games and related materials, with some additional information at the end of this article.
The main article covers the wide variety of game pieces that are used in computer and video games. From Chess to Monopoly to Scrabble the board game industry has spanned all sorts of borders and vertical lines over the years. A popular type of game piece is the Rook, a more ancient style chess piece that has always been a popular standard piece. The standard Rook has always been white and most Rooks have three color schemes; red, blue and green. They are also quite rare and expensive.
A major component of many lawn games is the realm of resource markers or counters. Resource counters are used to mark off territory and to track various things in the game such as food, water, gas and points. One of the more popular counter styles is the Cog, which looks like a medieval ghillie suit and is used mainly to mark off coastal areas that are not immediately accessible by any of the other players. Another popular resource marker is the Bean Bag, a durable vinyl bag that players can carry on their back and that can be used as a ball. Bean bags come in all sorts of patterns and colors. They are also very inexpensive.
A final major component of many board games is the realm of tokens. More than just simple pieces many board games use tokens in an interesting way; for example in Chess the most common token is the King’s Ring, but in Scrabble it is very common to see a Knight or Queen on a tile or die. tokens are important to many of the main components of the game, but they aren’t actually the focus of this article, instead of the article has been dedicated to discussing board games and their various components.