This article is from the German Board Games FAQ, by Keith Ammann firstname.lastname@example.org
The best anyone can surmise, Germany just happens to have a long tradition
of game-playing. Combine that with a long tradition of high-quality
design and manufacturing, and you have a market for well-designed,
However, as a number of people have pointed out, the fact that Germany has
the most robust adult/family board game industry in the world doesn't mean
that board games are a form of mass entertainment in Germany, on par with,
say, television. It's a hobby there, just as it is in other countries.
It just happens to be a much bigger hobby.