Eurogames Getting Strategy Akin To Chess

February 8, 2015 - 9:56pm
courtesy "Nuno Silvez" BGG courtesy "Nuno Silvez" BGG

The Wall Street Journal posted an interesting essay on friday that discusses the development of strategy among those that play eurogames.  The essayist contends that these games which tend to have many more choices and decisions to be made than chess does will have complex strategies developed for them akin to what you see within the chess community.  This kind of essay adds to the legitimacy our hobby has started to take within the non-gaming community. It is interesting though that the essayist looks for the printed book to offer up the strategy that they are looking for.  When in reality a site like boardgamegeek.com is more likely to provide that kind of complex strategy.  Strategy in the form of a 300 page tome seems to be fading out.  This seems to be especially true when it comes to board gaming because of the ever iterating nature of the industry.  Chess which is a complex game that has relatively easily explained rules was the big game in town for such a long time to allow for these ultra complex strategies to develop. Within the essay it is contended that the development of this strategy has not occurred simply because of the newness of many of these games but if you were to turn the clock forward 100 years that there would be many competing strategies for becoming a "Catan" or "Ticket to Ride" Grand Master.
Part of the appeal of chess lies in the notion that one can spend a lifetime mastering its complexities. Eurogames can sustain the same sort of attention. With millions of players online and the potential for computer simulation, the theory of these games could develop at a rapid pace.
For the full essay head over to the WSJ site here (paywall possible)