Chapter 7

Requiem for a Pewter Shoe

“I think it’s wrong that only one company makes the game Monopoly.”

—Steven Wright

Games like Marbles or even Pogs generate more attention for the aesthetics of the game pieces than the function of the pieces in the context of the game’s magic circle. Although a golfer may put more focus on the particular clubs he uses for superstitious purposes, generally golfers expect to choose their clubs based on the efficacy, not their aesthetics. Except insofar as they are used within the rules of golf, the look of a golfer’s clubs has little to do with the play of the game. A particularly interesting category of games is the one in which the rules themselves become the game pieces.

Pieces and Meaning

The physical pieces ...

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