Linkbait: The Politics of Competitive Board Gaming Amongst Friends

Apropos of Friday’s roundtable post, here’s an interesting short documentary by Jay Cheel on the interactions of friends playing Settlers of Catan. There is a discussion about how different personalities approach the game, and how competition in the game can serve as a proxy for a clash of personalities. If I have one complaint about it, it’s that it focuses entirely on one guy after telling the story of a conflict, and doesn’t get into how the other players responded to the outburst. (If I have two complaints, it’s that the filmmaker elides himself from the table and the events, which is a touch misleading.)

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