Board games may have fallen in prominence recently, but today they are in a new golden age with ingenious designs and exhilarating ways to play. These games though involve an active engagement with their audience and can act as a way to reflect the cultures that created them as well as the players who take part in them. Jonathan Kay and Joan Moriarty examine timely topics through the lens of board games in their recent book Your Move: What Board Games Teach Us About Life.
This book is designed to highlight how a board game is never just a board game, but rather something far more complex. Moriarty even notes that the book is not designed to share strategy or review games, but rather to teach us the things that games can teach us about ourselves. The collaboration between these authors comes from their mutual connection to board games. Kay is passionate about them and Moriarty has spent her career creating and teaching board games. This is something that will appeal to those with a passing interest in games as well as diehard players.
Beginning with the focus on the recent resurgence of board games and moving into how these topics tie into the greater world Your Move has something for everyone. In fifteen short chapters they tackle topics from the headlines including cultural appropriation, economic decision making, political correctness, and so much more. Whether you are someone who plays board games regularly or not this book can teach you something about the world around you. You can get your copy of Your Move today.