Nov 30, 2007


When we talk about abstract board gamers there is a relevant distinction. On one hand, there are people that don't mind giving lots of time and attention to abgames and, on the other, people that try an abgame or two from time to time. The first ones are hard to find and the net, like in r.g.a, is a perfect way for these guys (well, we) to meet and discuss and play abgames. It's difficult, if not impossible, to replace the net in this.

The second ones are much more common. There are thousands and thousands that like to play abgames. I live in Portugal, a country with no social history of abgames except for Chess and Checkers. From my experience, me and some local friends were able to promote abgames events alongside with hundreds of schools, where the finals alone gathered 500+ young people (we are preparing the 4th edition). We also made a set of 10 small books, discussing historical puzzles and games, that sold thousands for each copy. And Portugal only has a population of 10 million. I guess that from all these tens of thousands, some got interested and started reading and playing a bit more than before (I know that that happened at least in some cases). This is another way to contribute to the abgames future community.

[this blog has been too quiet, just like the main website, the World of Abstract Games. In these last months I didn't had much time to process new games (but I'm still collecting them) so be patient and check or recheck the 500+ pure abstract games already posted]