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Out of all board games, chess may be one of the oldest and more enduring. Although some sources dispute this story, The United States Chess Federation states that chess originated in India under the name Chatarung around the time of 600 AD. About 400 years later, it caught on with Europeans, who altered the rules to make it a more fast-paced strategic contest. Benjamin...more
Dating as far back as ancient Mesopotamia, according to CheckersHistory.com, checkers could be the oldest game in existence that's still played regularly. Comprised of a 64-square board with 12 little plastic discs per player, chess is known as "draughts" in Europe and ends when one player has eliminated all of his or her opponent's pieces. Outlining the...more
Ruling the world is a common fantasy for people young and old. The classic board game Risk allows us to do just that - albeit in the comfort of our own homes, in the company of friends and without any of perils and trappings that come with literally trying to take over the world. Although, you should keep in mind that attempting to conquer the planet is a major time commitment...more
In many ways, the board game Dungeons & Dragons may seem outdated, as many of today's video games feature similar gameplay while creating fantastic atmospheres of medieval fantasy. But isn't there something to said for gathering a group of friends together to play the role playing classic face-to-face? It's hard to bond socially with avatars representing...more
There are many different versions of dominoes, which dates at least as far back as ancient Egypt, according to the World Championship Dominos Tournament's website. But as much as the strategic game has evolved over the centuries, the basic concept where the game pieces are small rectangles featuring different numbers of dots remains the same. Shuffling the dominoes It may...more
Many card games may seem too complicated or too closely associated with gambling for a family friendly time around the card table. Of course, there are plenty of games designed specifically to be simply enjoyed, predominantly by children. Among these is the perennial classic Go Fish. As for its history, card gaming site Pagat notes that variations of Go Fish have existed...more
People with a deck of cards, some time to kill and a desire to start a game without having to go over an intricate set of rules may want to consider playing War. Pagat.com - an online source specializing in card games - notes that War requires no strategy at all. It's simply a matter of luck of the draw. War is often played by only two players, but as many as four could be...more
Many children worldwide receive their first lessons on economics playing the seemingly immortal board game Monopoly. Players choose one out of a set of small, eclectically designed pieces - including a shoe, top hat and a thimble - to represent them on the board. Then, after they're given some faux money to start off with, they could spend hours upon hours attempting to...more
Many people get a big kick out of Bingo - a game characterized by numerical squares, crackling ball dispensers and the concluding, triumphant cry of "Bingo!!!" HowStuffWorks.com states that legal bingo is present in almost every state in the U.S., plus more than 100 Native American reservations. But how did Bingo get started? Who invented it, and did they expect it to...more
One of the great things about bowling is you really don't need to be any good at it to have a blast rolling balls down alley lanes. On the other hand, you do have to be good to win at bowling, and who doesn't enjoy winning? Want to show your friends or family who the champion bowler is? Here's some quick advice. Basic bowling form If you haven't already been...more