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Jakarta Post

Creative Smarts: Back to the (playing) board

  • Bruce Emond

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, June 25 2016   /  08:15 am

While the world has been swept up in the technological wave of digital games in the 21st century, there are those who believe “old-fashioned” board games still have their place for entertainment, including in Indonesia. Among them is Manikmaya Games, an Indonesian-themed board game publisher based in Bandung that wants to popularize the games in Indonesian society.

Business manager Andre Dubari says the idea for the company came from his visits to Kummara, a board game café located in the West Java capital, in 2009-2010. He noticed that among the 200 board games there were several foreign ones, mostly from Germany, with Indonesian themes and bearing Indonesian place names.

“All of the board games’ content was very closely tied to Indonesian local content, but even though the gameplay was impressive and intense, it was a pity that they were very weak and shallow i...