Magic Circle Games is a new “boutique” board game publishing company. We aim to create fun and intelligent games for you to play. Our first game, Cauldron: Bubble and Boil will hopefully launching in 2017.
Why “MAGIC CIRCLE” GAMES?
The term magic circle has a double meaning.
First, we think of old summoning circles used by medieval wizards and other dabblers in the esoteric and arcane arts. It is something used to summon or conjure forth and to bring into being.
The noted Dutch Historian Johan Huizinga coined the term “magic circle” in his 1938 classic “Homo Ludens” where he examines the role of play in society and culture. “Magic circle” is the boundary between the realms of “play” and “not play”. It is a spatial and cognitive demarcation of the realm of play. In this sense, the magic circle encompasses and generally CONTAINS the specialized, almost ritualized world of play.