I feel like the modern board game resurgence had its beginnings with the Eurogame. The Eurogame was a response to the American-style “Take That!” games in that they had very little to no direct player interaction. Players also never really know who wins until the final tally.
I eventually tired of Eurogames because they lack the player interaction I am seeking. After all, why am I playing board games, if not to hang out and have fun with others? I enjoy screwage as much as the next person, but a heavy screwage game should be a short game. It doesn’t get much worse than a three hour game where you feel no hope of victory because someone cut you off or killed your key dude early on.