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History of Board Games

On the following page is a selection of the most popular Board Games on Amazon.

As most people these days tend to spend their free time looking at computer or tablet screens, it nice every now and then to just put away the phones and tablets and spend some time  with the family and friends playing an old fashioned Board Game.

I have included some of the most popular here,which includes The Chase, Tipping Point and Catchphrase as well as the traditional games such as Monopoly, Scrabble, Twister & Cluedo, but I will try and add to these as often as I can, so please pop back regularly.

Since civilisation began, people have been playing board games, in some form or other since the earliest civilizations over 5,000 years ago.

The Romans played board games which were similar to modern backgammon.

In the Middle Ages wealthy people also played board games and games similar to draughts were played by the ancient Egyptians, the Greeks and the Romans.

In Tudor Times the rich also played board games like chess, draughts and backgammon (when the wreck of the Mary Rose was discovered a backgammon set was found).

Traditional games remained popular in the 1700’s and these included games such as chess, draughts and backgammon. Dominoes were also played.

Many new board games were introduced in the 1700 and 1800’s.

Ludo came to Great Britain in 1880. Snakes and ladders was introduced in Britain in 1892 and Monopoly was introduced in 1935.

Cluedo came much later in 1949 and Trivial Pursuit relatively recently in 1982.

Draughts (also called Checkers), is also one of the oldest board games in the world and it is still popular today. The origins of the game can be traced back to the ancient city of Ur in modern-day Iraq, dating back to about 3000 BCE.