1.0 Introduction       A board game is a game that involves counters or pieces moved or placed on apre-marked surface or "...
2.0Common terms   Although many board games have a jargon all their own, there is a generalizedterminology to describe con...
Space (or square)—a physical unit of progress on a gameboard delimited by a      distinct border. Alternatively, a unique ...
German-style board games, or Eurogames, like The Settlers of Catan, Carson       City or Puerto Rico       Historical simu...
A board game is set up for competition. Students focus on the idea of winning andcompleting the challenges and do not even...
5.0 Advantages of my Futuristic Word Game.      Board games are one of the most common and popular games in almost everycu...
Improves memory      Playing board games requires attention to details and this helps in enhancing ourvisual discriminatio...
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  1. 1. 1.0 Introduction A board game is a game that involves counters or pieces moved or placed on apre-marked surface or "board", according to a set of rules. Games can be based onpure strategy, chance (e.g. rolling dice) or a mixture of the two, and usually have a goalwhich a player aims to achieve. Early board games represented a battle between twoarmies, and most current board games are still based on defeating opposing players interms of counters, winning position or accrual of points (often expressed as in-gamecurrency). There are many different types and styles of board games. Rules can range fromthe very simple, as in tic-tac-toe, to those describing a game universe in great detail, asin Dungeons & Dragons (although most of the latter are role-playing games where theboard is secondary to the game, helping to visualize the game scenario). The amount of time required to learn to play or master a game varies greatlyfrom game to game. Learning time does not necessarily correlate with the number orcomplexity of rules; some games, such as chess or Go, have simple rulesets whilepossessing profound strategies. A board game is a game played across a board by two or more players. Theboard may have markings and designated spaces, and the board game may havetokens, stones, dice, cards, or other pieces that are used in specific ways throughoutthe game. The board game is certainly not a new invention. In fact board games foundnear Jordan in archaeological digs are dated as at least 7000 years old.FUTURISTIC WORD GAMEBY HEMAVATHY GOVINDASAMY 1
  2. 2. 2.0Common terms Although many board games have a jargon all their own, there is a generalizedterminology to describe concepts applicable to basic game mechanics and attributescommon to nearly all board games. Gameboard (or simply board)—the (usually quadrilateral) surface on which one plays a board game. The namesake of the board game, gameboards would seem to be a necessary and sufficient condition of the genre, though card games that do not use a standard deck of cards (as well as games which use neither cards nor a gameboard) are often colloquially included. Most games use a standardized and unchanging board (chess, Go, and backgammon each have such a board), but many games use a modular board whose component tiles or cards can assume varying layouts from one session to another, or even while the game is played. Game piece (gamepiece, counter, token, bit, meeple, mover, pawn, man, playing piece, player piece)—a players representative on the gameboard made of a piece of material made to look like a known object (such as a scale model of a person, animal, or inanimate object) or otherwise general symbol. Each player may control one or more game pieces. Some games involve commanding multiple game pieces (or units), such as chess pieces or Monopoly houses and hotels, that have unique designations and capabilities within the parameters of the game; in other games, such as Go, all pieces controlled by a player have the same capabilities. In some modern board games, such as Clue, there are other pieces that are not a players representative (i.e. weapons). In some games, pieces may not represent or belong to any particular player. Jump (or leap)—to bypass one or more game pieces or spaces. Depending on the context, jumping may also involve capturing or conquering an opponents game piece.FUTURISTIC WORD GAMEBY HEMAVATHY GOVINDASAMY 2
  3. 3. Space (or square)—a physical unit of progress on a gameboard delimited by a distinct border. Alternatively, a unique position on the board on which a game piece may be located while in play. (In Go, for example, the pieces are placed on intersections of lines on the grid, not in the areas bounded by borders, as in chess.) Hex (or cell)—in hexagon-based board games, this is the common term for a standard space on the board. This is most often used in wargaming, though many abstract strategy games such as Abalone, Agon, hexagonal chess, and connection games use hexagonal layouts. Card—a piece of cardboard often bearing instructions, and usually chosen randomly from a deck by shuffling. Deck—a stack of cards. Capture—a method that removes another players game piece(s) from the board. For example: in checkers, if a player jumps the opponents piece, that piece is captured.3.0 Types of boardgamesThere are a number of different categories that board games can be broken up into,although considerable overlap exists, and a game may belong in several categories.The following is a list of some of the most common: Abstract strategy games like chess, Tafl games, checkers, go, Reversi, or modern games such as Abalone or Stratego Cooperative games like Max, Caves and Claws, and Pandemic Dexterity games like Tumblin Dice and Pitch Car Educational games like Arthur Saves the Planet, Cleopatra and the Society of Architects, and Shakespeare: The Bard Game Family games like Roll Through the Ages, Birds on a Wire, or For SaleFUTURISTIC WORD GAMEBY HEMAVATHY GOVINDASAMY 3
  4. 4. German-style board games, or Eurogames, like The Settlers of Catan, Carson City or Puerto Rico Historical simulation games like Through the Ages and Railways of the World Large multiplayer games like Take It Easy and Swat (2010) Musical games like Spontuneous Race games like parchisi, backgammon or Worm Up Roll-and-move games, like Monopoly or Life Share-buying games (in which players buy stakes in each others positions; these are typically longer economic-management games) Spiritual development games that have no winners or losers, like Transformation Game or Psyches Key Two-player only games like En Garde and Dos de Mayo Trivia games, like Trivial Pursuit Train games Wargames, ranging from Risk and Diplomacy to Attack or Conquest of the Empire Word games, like Scrabble, Boggle, or Whats My Word? (2010)4.0 Boardgames Increase Vocabulary Skills Improving vocabulary in students is a constant challenge. Giving a list of words tomemorize is no longer considered the top way to help students improve their wordknowledge. Instead, teachers search for creative ways to help the students in their classincrease their vocabulary, and thus increase their reading level. Vocabulary games arean ideal method for teaching students to improve their vocabulary skills, because theysubtly enforce the skills without boring them.FUTURISTIC WORD GAMEBY HEMAVATHY GOVINDASAMY 4
  5. 5. A board game is set up for competition. Students focus on the idea of winning andcompleting the challenges and do not even realize they are also improving theirvocabulary at the same time. Board games, the good old leftovers from pre-Internet days, are still some of thebest tools for helping students learn, in a fun and engaging manner.Using word gamesfor helping improve vocabulary skills is effective because it helps students use theseskills, without knowing they are learning something. It provides a way for students toplay with words, to become more comfortable with words, and to enjoy language,pressure-free. One of our goals as language teachers is that students will enjoy reading and words,for their own sake, and not simply to please us. Games help take the pressure off, andcreate a pleasant experience with language. Here is a game that I have used as a teacher in my classroom. I believe that gamesare a very effective way of getting students to practice skills, because learning can, andshould be fun. The board games, I have created is Futuristic Word Game. The vocabulary item forthis game is prepositions. It has 48 boxes, from the start till end. The rules of this gameare still the same as traditional way of playing boardgames. But this Futuristic WordGame are combination of “snake and ladders” and monopolymethod. For examplesin the „snake and ladder‟ if a player lands on a square that is at the base of a ladder,his or her marker moves on the square at the top of the ladder and continues fromthere, in my Futuristic Word Game if a players lands at the square „Go ahead 2spaces‟ a player moves his or her marker to 2 spaces ahead. In monopoly are knownto have a stack of cards of „chance and community chest‟ in my Futuristic WordGamewill have a stack of cards in numbers in order to answer each questions.FUTURISTIC WORD GAMEBY HEMAVATHY GOVINDASAMY 5
  6. 6. 5.0 Advantages of my Futuristic Word Game. Board games are one of the most common and popular games in almost everyculture in the world. Board games are very involving; playing these games lends asense of excitement, fun and learning to the players. There are many advantages ofboard games. Let me state some of the major benefits of playing board games. Listedbelow are some of the main benefits of my Futuristic Word Game, as board game.Enhance educational skills Playing this game helps in developing a wide variety of educational skills. Whilemoving their games around the board, students can actually learn counting in English.Some board games are specifically designed and develop to help color recognition,sorting and counting. Playing this, games also promotes reading skills as well as handand eye coordination. Yet this is one of the major advantages of board games.Boost student’s self confidence The advantage of playing board games is far beyond educational skills andacademics. This gives a boost to their self-confidence and enjoyment. However, playinga game within a set of rule help them to adhere to discipline in life. This is one of theother great advantages of board games.Social and mental development Playing this game helps in social and mental development. Through this gamestudent can learn to communicate or interact with others and learn how to enjoysharing. This game helps to increase the patience level and perseverance at the sametime helps in increasing student’s ability to focus on one thing. This is also one of thegreat advantages of board games.FUTURISTIC WORD GAMEBY HEMAVATHY GOVINDASAMY 6
  7. 7. Improves memory Playing board games requires attention to details and this helps in enhancing ourvisual discrimination. There are different board games that require student to rememberspecific information, pictures, or clues. These kinds of board games enhance memory atthe same time allow student to develop memory strategies that carry over to theiracademic career. Moreover, playing board games also develops problem solving skills,confidence and logical reasoning. This is however, one of the huge advantages of boardgames online. Besides the above benefits of board games, playing this game relieves studentsfrom stress.6.0 Conclusion In conclusion, learning vocabulary through board games is one effective andinteresting way that can be applied in any classrooms. The results of suggest thatgames are used not only for mere fun, but more importantly, for the useful practice andreview of language lessons, thus leading toward the goal of improving learnerscommunicative competence.FUTURISTIC WORD GAMEBY HEMAVATHY GOVINDASAMY 7

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