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A board game is a tabletop game that involves counters or pieces moved or placed on a pre-marked surface or "board", according to a set of rules. Some games are based on pure strategy, but many contain an element of chance; and some are purely chance, with no element of skill.


A selection of histories behind the invention of "board games", playing cards, and puzzles. It turns out that game inventors are often as amusing as the games they invent. Where possible we have included an online version of each game.


When were the first board games? People were playing board games earlier than we have any records. Probably the first board games were scratched into dirt. People played with stones or fruit pits for pieces. History of games Games in ancient Africa All our Africa articles What’s the earliest game called? The earliest board game that […]


The Landlord’s Game was invented in 1903 by Maryland actress Lizzie Magie. The game board consisted of a square track, with a row of properties around the outside that players could buy. The game board had four railroads, two utilities, a jail, and a corner named “Labor Upon Mother Earth Produces Wages,” which earned players $100 each time they passed it.


Board games have been around for centuries. I know the Romans had one that they played all the time. It was a checked board like a chessboard and rocks were used to move from squares to block the ...


The board game Monopoly has its origin in the early 20th century. The earliest known version of Monopoly, known as The Landlord's Game, was designed by an American, Elizabeth Magie, and first patented in 1904 but existed as early as 1902.


She Invented a Board Game With Scientific Integrity. It’s Taking Off. How Elizabeth Hargrave turned a passion for ornithology and spreadsheets into a popular game about birds.


Who invented trivia board games? Before the board games were created, two students from Columbia University, Ed Goodgold and Dan Carlinsky, started the first quiz bowls based on trivia questions. These contests pitted students of different universities in a challenge to determine which teams could successfully answer the most trivia questions.


The earliest known board games are from archaeological finds over 5000 years old. No one knows who invented them.


Clue was invented as "Cluedo" in the United Kingdom in 1944. The game's original title is a ploy on Clue, (it's technical title) and Ludo, a game with a similar dice play strategy.