On the 10th and 11th From September 1st, cafés, libraries, communities & Co. in the region are calling for everyone to play together. Renowned publishers provide the games.
There is disagreement as to exactly what the oldest parlor game in the world is. What is certain is that thousands of years ago, board and dice games entertained ranchers in Azerbaijan like pharaohs in ancient Egypt.
And the spell is unbroken: Even today, young and old still prefer to sit down together at the table and puzzle their way to victory – despite numerous other distraction options, which primarily involve a smartphone.
promotion of cultural assets
The fact that “Mensch ärgere Dich nicht”, “Monopoly”, “Kniffel” & Co. still inspire every generation is celebrated by the “Stadt-Land-Spielt!” project. To promote cultural assets, a whole weekend is dedicated to playing together every year – the “Days of Parlor Games” take place at numerous locations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
And North Rhine-Westphalia in particular is home to the majority of the 180 venues on September 10th and 11th. It is played in schools, libraries, toy shops, toy shops, board game clubs, clubhouses and, and, and – everyone is welcome.
Ravensburger, Haba, Jumbo, Kosmos
“It’s a non-profit project,” explains Susanne Heiss, head of the “Stadt-Land-Spielt!” office. “Commerce is not the focus here, although well-known board game publishers are there as sponsors.” Among them Ravensburger, Haba, Jumbo, Kosmos and a few more, twelve in all. The latter makes its placement game “Cascadia”, which was only voted “Game of the Year” in June, available to participating locations.
“The venues receive games from the publishers free of charge, so access for visitors must also be free of charge,” says Heiss. The offer is aimed at all target and age groups, at families, couples, single players, people who have never had a board game in front of their nose. “The games are also explained on site and you can get advice.”
Rally should arouse the desire to play
There are no tournaments, but winning is still the order of the day – as part of a rally. “Visitors receive a card on which they have to tick that they have mastered three different parlor games from three different publishers.” With this, participants then qualify for the competition. “We want to use this to create an incentive to try out as many things as possible.”
The selection is varied, the spokeswoman promises: construction and strategy games, dice and card games. Which copy ends up where depends on the expected target group. Not all games will be available everywhere.
Build, communicate, play…
In any case, the city building game “Neoville”, in which you create a city from sustainable materials, the popular communication game “Codenames” (Game of the Year 2016), the fast-paced family game “Imagenius” and waiting for the youngest will definitely be found on site “Max Mouse Fright”. A good 18-20 innovations are available for testing at each location.
All organizers and initiators work free of charge or only for a small expense allowance. The project aims to preserve games as a cultural asset. “Bringing board games together, laughing together, having fun,” says Sabine Heiss, explaining the benefits.
Learn to win and lose
“You learn how to win, how to lose, how to play together”, which is extremely important, especially for children, says Heiss. Especially in the digital age, solo games are very popular, since communication only plays a disorganized role. “But face to face is something else, it’s still relevant!”
The last two years in particular have shown that. Corona has caused the demand for parlor games to increase rapidly. “The industry was glowing. Ultimately, however, Amazon has earned a golden nose,” regrets the branch manager.
Hot summers reduce demand
Hot summers like this year’s would have reduced demand again, “but there are also board games that you can play outside.” Presumably the cattle breeders and pharaohs had also moved one or the other game outside the door thousands of years ago.
Board Game Days September 10th + 11th, 180 locations in German-speaking countries. All locations on stadt-land-spielt.de. Admission is always free.
The specially recorded version provides more information about the project podcast from Brettspielradio (Episode 257).
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