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(en) France, Alternative libertaire #221 - Gaming Corporation: The invisible hand also launched the dice (fr) [machine translation]

Date Sat, 08 Dec 2012 17:55:09 +0200


Many board games boast reproduce achieve economic mechanisms through their rules and mechanisms. Some authors have even made a specialty. This is the case of Martin Wallace, one of the principal axes of creative work is playful introduction to modern industrial society as a marker of social and historical change. ---- Beyond the fun they provide satisfaction and build a well-built games like Tinner's Automotive rTail or intend to introduce players and economic mechanisms governing players 'market'. Participants are led to discover the harshness of a world economy where speculation metals is already well established in the minds (Tinner's Trail), and where we find a good product poorly emphasized to all likely to lead you to ruin (Automobile). Sometimes a little austere in the presentation, these games try a simplified economic forces.

But paradoxically, this simplification is the main weakness of these games. Very individualistic approach, Wallace gives a central place to the figure of a captain of industry empire builder who, although flattering, remains by less wrong. If the unequal role of stakeholders in the economic chain is considered the establishment of mechanisms final purely deterministic in the reproduction of trade remains unsatisfactory. By refusing to take into account social interactions, game designers involved - their scale - liberal propaganda would have us believe that a mathematical formula may represent exchanges between individuals. Very interesting to play despite a sense of unfinished business, the board games to economic themes undoubtedly deserve a less marketable human relations. For now, it remains to be invented.

Nico (AL Paris North East)

Tinner's Trail, Brass - 3 sets of Martin Wallace Treefrog Games
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