Milton Bradley’s first board game was “The Checkered Game of Life” first published in 1861. Building upon the dice-dependent morality “games” of the previous century, he created a game that became the centerpiece of the Bradley catalog for generations.
The game is obviously a transition piece, from the earlier Mansion of Happiness game, but also not such a departure that it couldn’t be accepted by Victorian society. It sold 45,000 copies in its second year of production!
Using a teetotum, a special scoring card with a needle (and a player aid!), he introduced player choices into this American diversion.
Thanksgiving in the USA (and some other countries) is a time to gather with family and friends and review the good things in your life. Like Board Games, Card Games, Party Games, and RPGs. Right?
This is a simple holiday greeting for your entertainment without much “gamerly” content. I just wanted to thank all of you subscribers and other viewers for supporting this channel and the work that we’re doing at NewVenture Games to preserve the classic table-top games here on YouTube
It wasn’t called “Gluckshaus” until the 20th century, but over 500 years ago this little gambling game was first played in central Europe. It’s known as Jeu du Sept, Gioco della Barca, Arlequinspiel, and in England as “Lucky Pig.”
In the 1940s, James Brunot, one of the early developers of Scrabble, collaborated with Arpad Rosti, a famous industrial designer, to invent the board game “Troke.” When Selchow and Righter licensed Scrabble in 1952, they also acquired the rights to produce Troke.
The Scout Motto is “Be Prepared” and, being a Scout Leader, I strive to follow that ideal. As part of that effort, I keep my “Emergency Game Kit” in my car at all times. You never know when a Troop of restless kids might just need a little focused entertainment.