Board Game Studies Colloquium VIII
APPLICATION OF THE NETWORK THEORY IN THE DYAMICS OF BOARD GAMES
Studying and modeling the structure and the dynamics of complex networks
have attracted much attention in the last few years. New and fruitful models
have been used to explain the arising and the evolution of a series of
phenomena in many different fields, e.g. the dynamics of the Internet sites,
the epidemic spreading and the interpersonal relationships. Other
interesting applications can be found in the growth of the crystals, in the
establishment of the modern languages, in the aggregation of small countries
in a larger city and so on.
Networks appear to arrange through scale-free and dynamic aggregations of
In the present lecture, relevant examples for the arising, the evolution and
the success of board games will be discussed. In fact, the networks formed
by the board games and the players seem to follow the same aggregation rules
of other phenomena.