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Top 10 board games in history

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Posted: Friday, November 29, 2013 9:22 am

These games are the top ten most popular, according to sales. No surprises here: the top ranked games have been around for thousands of years. Has your family played these, or do they gather dust in the cupboard?

1. Chess has its roots in India way back in the sixth century, though the modern game can trace its origin to around the year 1200.

2. Checkers has been around since 3000 B.C., with a board for the game being found in Ur. The game was mentioned by the likes of Homer and Plato.

3. Backgammon. As proven by excavations in Iran, backgammon has been around since at least 3000 B.C.

4. “Scrabble” has been around since 1938, when Alfred Mosher Butts designed the game and James Brunot published it.

5. “Monopoly.” The game itself was introduced in 1934 by Parker Brothers, though some say it can be traced to as early as 1903 when Elizabeth Phillips created a game called “The Landlord’s Game.”

6. “Clue.” Anthony E. Pratt invented the game in 1949 when Waddingtons in Leeds in England originally published it.

7. “Othello” is a board game that involves strategy, tactics and a lot of keen observation and has been around since at least 1883.

8. “Trivial Pursuit.” In 1979, two Canadian journalists wanted to play “Scrabble” but had to ditch their plans because some of the pieces were missing. Being media people, both were extremely knowledgeable with general information and popular culture. So Chris Haney and Scott Abbott decided to create a game out of it.

9. “Pictionary” is a board game that involves players guessing specific words or phrases based on the drawings made by their teammates. Robert Angel invented the game in 1985, with Gary Everson helping out with the design.

10. “Risk.” Albert Lamorisse, a French movie director, invented the game in 1957. The game required a lot of tactics, strategies and negotiation skills.

— Source: www.richest.com

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