Bruno Faidutti Takes an Interesting Look at the Settings of Board Games

September 22, 2014 - 11:22am
catan faiduti board I have found that Bruno Faidutti has a tendency to really think deeply about games and what makes them tick and be appealing to us that play them.  This is a very good thing especially considering that he is a game designer.  In this post on his blog he goes over a talk that he gave off the cuff at Gen Con 2014.  This talk was about postcolonialism and how it relates to games.  He talks about how the Settlers of Catan is given a somewhat different name in a very meaningful way in his native France.  Instead of being the Settlers of Catan it is the Colonists of Catan.  They don't have a different word for Settlers and Colonists there.  This led him to start thinking about the actual differences and how we handle the settings of games. This post takes a very intriguing look at not just something like the colonization of a country and therefore the dealing with natives but other issues we see in regards to how we treat the people invovled in a particular game setting whether it be historical or geographical.  It is interesting some of biases he points out people having and some of the we accept as a result of those biases. I strongly encourage you to head over to his blog and check out this insightful post here