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  1. Simon says:

    http://www.economist.com/node/14167834

    Hey Campfire, ive been enjoying your posts on Little Metal Dog and throught id key in here. Ive had a question kicking around in my mind that i thought would make a good researched blog post. But i dont blog let alone have any where to post and i thought given your style of writing and you name campfire you might be interested in.

    The question is simple. As the economist article suggests (have a google round there are plenty more articles on Britains upcoming energy shortfall) Britain is going to start having electricity outages in the near future. Will this by circumstance turn boardgames mainstream in the UK again?

    Im 24, and as far as im aware there hasnt been a comprehensive energy policy in the UK in my life time. You could assign the movement of board games to an underground hobby in the 1990s (im not old enough to be sure they were ever above ground but my rents played Dungeon and Diplomacy when they were at uni and raised me and my siblings on these games and they arent exactly geeks so ive always assumed boardgames used to be common place), to the rise of video games. If electicity supply becomes intermitent (example in case, in South Africa, and most african countries most areas rountinely recieve a few hours black out per week) video games will become intermitent, as will TV, movies, and Ipads. But the boardgame remains king. The board game requires only light, either day light or candles, or wind up torch to perform (and players). I think by circumstance boardgames are the future of home entertainment. Not only because of electicity costs but also global economics and resources. The only resources you need to make board games are – wood, cardboard (wood), ink, then optionally, plastic or metal for models and bits. The manufacturing costs are also potentially relativley cheap (they can be labour intensive for some wooden parts). Electronic goods will go up in cost across your and my life time with the rising price on rare earth metals, energy and oil. Whilst board games to cost quite abit, and their manufacturing costs have increased i think this is more due to their limited sale side market than resource costs. If a boardgame like alien frontiers sold millions of copies rather than thousands its manufacturing costs would drop significantly as an economy of scale.

    Ive assumed here that your either UK based or related, but even if your not many other areas of the world are facing similar changes. This area of discussion might not interest you, but feel free to post it on to anyone else.

    Boardgames are like Kim il Sung, both past present and FUTURE

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