Category Archives: Historic Games
One night in 480 CE, the Roman Emperor Zeno was winning a game of Tabula. Continue reading
John Clerk was a Scottish businessman who studied many things, among them, naval warfare. His book, “An Essay on Naval Tactics,” changed how the British Navy fought Napoleon, and contributed to his defeat. It was written without naval experience, but … Continue reading
There really was a Milton Bradley, and he received patent #53,561 on April 3, 1866, for a board game, in which one strives to avoid various character flaws and reach “Happy Old Age.” From the drawing provided in the patent … Continue reading
It will open in 2012. It will be 6000 sq ft. The two project leads presented during a session called “How the Smithsonian is Embracing Games”– and they are. I remember how wound up people got about Fonzie’s jacket. Plans … Continue reading
So, I’m reading A Gamut of Games (Sid Sackson), and it mentions in passing that thousands of board games were patented in the late 1800′s and early 1900′s.
And child-of-the-80′s Neal’s subconscious pipes up with, “too bad; it would cost a mint to track through all that microfilm to find the good stuff.”
Waitaminute! The internets! Continue reading