Top 10 Oldest Board Games of America

Board games have been pretty much around for a really long time, long even before some of our grandparents were conceived. Board games have been around as long as before 3000 BC! Amazingly, some of these games are still widely played in America till this modern era and they may stay around much longer than now. You can call it awesome becoming a pro at a board game that has been before thoughts of your conception. Here are the top 10 oldest board games still ruling the streets of America till this present moment.

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10. Trivial Pursuit

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This game was invented by Canadian journalists Chris Haney and Scott Abbott in 1979. The players are to progress on a cycle by answering a couple of random trivial questions correctly. The question categories are divided and color-coded. Pink (Entertainment), blue (Geography), yellow (history) and Purple (Arts and literature) are the color codes.

9. Scrabble

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This game was introduced by Alfred Moshe Butts in 1949 in New York. The unemployed architect invented this word game with an underpinning theory of the combination of vocabulary skills and chance elements. The game can be played by 2-4 players where each player is expected to pull 7 tiles out of hundred per round to form a word. Each letter tile has a tagged number on it which is summed to know a player’s score. The player with the highest score wins the game.

8. Risk

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This game was invented in 1957 by Albert Lamorisse who was a French film director. “Risk” was originally known as “Conquete du Monde” (translated as “The conquest of the world”). In 1959, the game was purchased, modified and changed to Risk by the Parker Brothers. Risk is a strategic war game and playing it requires tactfulness and mental focus. The board of the game represents planet earth and it is divided into six continents with 42 territories. The aim of the game is to dominate as many territories as possible via rolling a dice. The player with the greatest dominance (most number of territories) wins the game. The game can be played by 2-6 players. It is commercially available as Risk: Global Domination.

7. Othello

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In 1904, Lewis Waterman and Mollett John invented the game. This game is one of the oldest games in America. In the game, two players with a total of sixty-four circular discs play strategically on an 8×8 board. The circular discs are two-sided- one light side and a dark side. Players are to choose a color for themselves and also try to win over the opponent’s color discs. The player with the maximum number of discs wins the game.

6. Monopoly

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This game is underpinned by the theory that creation of wealth generates happiness. The game was initially invented by Magie Elizabeth in 1904 and modified by Parker Brothers in 1943. The real estate game initially known as The Landlord’s Game was created to express the social imbalances of slumlords and monopolies. She also tried to use the game to explain Henry George’s single tax theory. The strategy of the game requires players to purchase properties with virtual money by throwing dice. The player with the highest dominance wins the game.

5. Game Of Life

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This game was developed by Bradley Milton in 1860. Formerly known as The Checkered Game of Life, the game was invented under the theory that life is full of hurdles and calmness. The aim of the game is for players to acquire most properties or assets despite the challenges, at the end of the game. The game can be played by 2-6 players.

4.Clue Or Cluedo

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This game was created by Anthony Pratt, an English musician in 1944 at Leeds, England. The game, which was originally named Murder, is a murder-themed game. This game requires critical reasoning skills. The strategy of the game is to collect clues and deduce which of the characters in the game was murdered, where and when it was murdered as well as the weapon used for the murder. The game can be played by 2-6 players. The player to first identify the murderer, crime scene and type of weapon used is the winner of the game. It is commercially available as Cluedo: the mystery game.

3. Chess

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This game is believed to have originated from India. The strategy of the game is to checkmate the king of the opponent. The game board has 64 squares. Each player has 16 pieces of characters of different weightage:- a queen, a king, two rooks, two knights, two bishops and eight pawns. The game can be played by two players only.

2. Checkers

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This game also known as Draughts is said to have been around since 3000 BC in Greece. Checkers is played by two players on a board with small squares of 8×8 in America (there are 10×10 variations played elsewhere). The strategy of playing is by making diagonal moves and capturing the opponent’s checkers by flipping over.

1. Backgammon

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This game is considered to have been in existence before 3000 BC. There are also proofs that the game might be the oldest board game in America. The strategy of this game is tactical skills and probability. The two players move their pieces by throwing dices. The goal of the players is to move all of their own checkers before the opponent does. The player with the highest number of points wins the game.

Overall, board games are quite interesting and they help to bring the family together. Many of these games are played competitively globally. This implies that although “they” have been around for centuries, board games are still very much available to the young and the old.

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