International board games festival at the Faculty of Biology

16 March 2017 Faculty of Biology

Games bring people together regardless of their age, gender and nationality. Students of the Faculty of Biology proved it by organizing the regular international board games festival.

Students from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Russia, Belarus and other countries played board games together as it was interesting for them to learn about the diversity of board games and try their luck.

“The festival has already become a regular event, which is a fine occasion for having a pleasant time. All participants experience only positive emotions,” noted sport organizer of the Faculty of Biology Alexey Kuksin.

“Today we did not just play board games, but studied the history. For example, chess originated in India, while tables were invented by the people of Persia, which is presently the territory of Iran and Iraq. There is no single theory for checkers: some scientists believe it to be a game of Egyptian pharaohs, other think that it was created by Greeks in the times of the Trojan War, and still others consider Kievan Rus to be the originator of checkers. We also played jenga created by British board game designer Leslie Scott in 1970s. This game is so popular that it can be found in almost any shop. Mafia (also known as Werewolf), a party game popular with the young, was created by psychologist Dmitry Davidoff. Biologists have a lot to be proud of as well. Evolution is a card game that has become very popular recently. It was created in 2010 by Dmitry Knorre, a Russian scientist and a Candidate of Biology,” said Vice Head for Extracurricular Work of the Faculty of Biology T.V. Antonenko. “I think that the international board games festival has wonderful possibilities and great future, especially that we have only started mastering indoor games and have a lot of outdoor games to play!”

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