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A screenshot from Enemy Front, CI Games studio, photo: manufacturer’s press materials

Historical motifs have appeared in board and computer games for a long time. Creators, fans and researchers of games quickly began noticing that this interactive form of historiography has many distinctive qualities, ranging from the players’ deep engagement in the story and action, to the possibility of exploring alternative paths of the past.

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Manuka Studio, photo: courtesy of the designers

Manuka Studio is a joint effort of two graduates from Fine Arts Academy’s Graphic Design department. They create broadly-understood commercial designs – starting from board games, through publications, up to various print layouts. In their projects one might often find vibrant colours and a hint of humour.

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Beating the Guiness World Record in Warsaw, photo: Andrzej Hulimka/Reporter/East News

Over the past few years playing board games has become something of a tradition in Poland. The country has emerged as one of the top game designers, and an increasingly large number of venues have a game shelf ‒ stacked with Polish and foreign classics ‒ so that patrons can play while they eat and drink.

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Still from This War of Mine, photo: promo materials

After the major international success of the video game This War of Mine and its mobile edition, there will now be a board game to accompany them. It will be made by Jakub Wiśniewski and Michał Oracz, Polish specialists in role-play and board games.

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Warsaw Rising Up 1945-1980, photo: producer's press materials

Piotr Grzymisławski and Łukasz Szopka worked on their project, and a board game-to-be, Odbudowa Warszawy 1945-1980 / Warsaw Rising Up 1945-1980 since 2011. In 2012 Fabryka Gier Historycznych (FGH) press has joined them in their work, and now, after a crowdfunding action carried out in recent months, the project will finally get realised.

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Theomachy cards, photo: producer's promotional materials

The idea behind Teomachy? A fantastic clash between gods from various mythologies. This concept was appealing enough for the game’s creators to raise 123 thousand dollars via crowdfunding on the website Kickstarter in order to release an English version, more than 600% of the sum required to start production.

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Two Polish productions - Imperial Settlers and 1944: Race to the Rhine - became laureates of this year’s Golden Geek Awards.

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Cards from Regulation. The Coupons Game, photo courtesy of The Institute of National Remembrance

Launched in mid-November, a Polish board game based on the communist-era food rations systems will allow younger generations to get a feel of their elders' past hardships

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"Tajemnica ostatniego seansu" game card

The Secret of the Last Séance is a mystery and deduction board game in which players guess the title of a film in order to free the spirit of a wandering dead cinematographer.

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