The Snakescast: Economic Games

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When you say the words "economic game", a lot of people's eyes just glaze over. But look at how many of the most popular games are, at heart, about economics: Monopoly, Settlers of Catan, The Game of Life... playing with pretend money, buying and selling expensive things can be a lot of fun. How can a subject that seems so boring on the surface be so popular and enjoyable for so many players?