Language, history and curiosities in games.
The play of tabletop games is a complex social activity.
Significantly, the framework for intellectual stimulation is explicitly described by the rules of the game. The framework for psychological play is not.
The game forces me to learn, to be adaptive and to watch how others succeed where I have failed. This process is fabulous.
A game that becomes successful will rarely, if ever, do so due to intense advertising campaigns or carefully considered corporate marketing techniques.
Board games draw upon the tactile pleasures associated with toys.