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Sunday, 30 December 2012

Board Game

Senet is one of the oldest ever board games. The game dates from ancient Egypt from around 3100 BC and was even referred to in Chapter XVII of the Book of the Dead. The full name of the game in Egyptian was zn.t n.t ḥˁb meaning the "game of passing".

A game box and pieces for playing the game of Senet found within the intact KV62 tomb of king Tutankhamun

The game of backgammon was first played over 5000 years ago. It remains to this day one of the most popular board games in the Middle East was first played.

The Royal Game of Ur is a two-player strategy race board game that was first played in ancient Mesopotamia over 4,500 years ago. The game was popular across the Middle East among people of all social statuses and boards for playing it have been found at locations as far away from Mesopotamia as Crete and Sri Lanka. 

Royal game of Ur gameboard found by Sir Leonard Woolley in the Royal Cemetery at Ur,

Vikings enjoyed board games such as Chess and Kings' Table where there are two sets of pieces attackers aiming to capture the King and defenders aiming to get him safely to the edge of the board. Game boards have been found scratched into floors and rocks. Pieces could be stones, shells, carved of wood or ivory, clay figures or anything like that.

Chutes and Ladders was a 13th-century Indian game called "Mokshapat" that was designed to teach Hindu values. The game made its way to England and was sold as "Snakes and Ladders", then the basic concept was introduced in the United States as "Chutes and Ladders" by game pioneer Milton Bradley in 1943.

The earliest known modern board game went on sale in 1759 priced eight shillings. John Jeffreys devised the game, called A Journey Through Europe, or The Play of Geography

The first mass-produced, travel-sized board games were made for bored soldiers during the American Civil War.

George Swinerton Parker founded Parker Brothers in 1885. The first game produced was Banking, in which the player who amasses the most wealth is the winner. Their best known game is Monopoly.

Mark Twain invented a 3-piece board game called Mark Twain's Memory Builder: A Game for Acquiring and Retaining All Sorts of Facts and Dates. Published in 1891, it was a commercial disaster.

After selling the rights to Monopoly in 1935, Charles Darrow became the world's first millionaire game designer.

The game of Cluedo was created by Anthony Pratt, a Birmingham musician working in an engineering factory during World War II.

In a game of Cluedo, the odds of correctly guessing, on the first attempt, the correct murderer, location and weapon used are 323-1.

The modern version of The Game of Life was originally published in 1960. It was created by toy and game designer Reuben Klamer  originally had spaces for suicide, disgrace, poverty, and prison.

In 1979 the game Trivia Pursuit was launched from Canada. It was invented by Chris Haney and Scott Abbott.

Risk, is a board game in which players try to dominate a map of world. When Parker Brothers tried to introduce a German version of Risk in 1982, the German government threatened to ban it on the grounds that it might encourage imperialist and militaristic impulses in the nation’s youth.

In 1986, Rob Angel, a 24-year-old waiter from Seattle, Washington, developed Pictionary, a game in which partners try to guess phrases based on each other's drawings.

More board games are sold in Germany than anywhere else on Earth.

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