Billiards Bingo Boggle Bridge *Charades Checkers Chess Clue Concentration Darts Dice Dominoes Gin *Hangman Hearts *Hopscotch Life Marbles Monopoly Password Poker Pool Risk Scrabble Snooker Solitaire Sorry Spades Tag Trouble *Twister
* have already been used for titles
A couple weeks ago while considering what game to use for the next book in that series, I pulled out my list and checked off a couple possibilities. Perusing my options I grew curious about the history of some of the board games and went online to do a little reading. The first thing I discovered is that my "list" is a Post-It sized grocery list compared to how many board games are out in the world; beyond tens, dozens, maybe even hundreds, of them. The history of games, board and non-board, is lengthy. The first ones were scratched into dirt using stones or fruit pits for playing pieces. The earliest one that’s known about for certain, from pre-dynastic Egypt – about 3000BC – is a game called Senet. It’s a rustic version of modern day backgammon. The playing pieces, made of stone, look a lot like the dice used in games now. How the game was actually played has been much debated by game historians – uh, board game historians. Yep, there really are such individuals. One thing these game historians do agree on is that the earliest game ever played is Dice. More on that later.