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History of games

The history of games dates to the ancient human past.[1] Games are an integral part
of all cultures and are one of the oldest forms of human social interaction. Games are
formalized expressions of play which allow people to go beyond immediate
imagination and direct physical activity. Common features of games include
uncertainty of outcome, agreed upon rules, competition, separate place and time,
elements of fiction, elements of chance, prescribed goals and personal enjoyment.

Games capture the ideas and worldviews of their cultures and pass them on to the
future generation. Games were important as cultural and social bonding events, as
teaching tools and as markers of social status. As pastimes of royalty and the elite,
some games became common features of court culture and were also given as gifts.
Games such as Senet and the Mesoamerican ball game were often imbued with
mythic and ritual religious significance. Games like Gyan chauper and The Mansion
of Happiness were used to teach spiritual and ethical lessons while Shatranj and
Wéiqí (Go) were seen as a way to develop strategic thinking and mental skill by the
political and military elite.

In his 1938 book, Homo Ludens, Dutch cultural historianJohan Huizinga argued that
games were a primary condition of the generation of human cultures. Huizinga saw Indian Ambassadors present
the playing of games as something that “is older than culture, for culture, however Chaturanga to Khosrau I, from "A
inadequately defined, always presupposes human society, and animals have not treatise on chess", 14th century

waited for man to teach them their playing.” [2] Huizinga saw games as a starting
point for complex human activities such as language, law
, war, philosophy and art.

Contents
Pre-modern
Mesopotamia and the Mediterranean world
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Middle East
India
East Asia
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Africa
Americas
European games
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Modern games
Professional board games
Commercial board games
Card games
Miniature wargaming
Role playing games
Other indoor games
Outdoor games
Electronic games
References

Pre-modern
Some of the most common pre-historic and ancient gaming tools were made of bone, especially from the Talus bone, these have been
found worldwide and are the ancestors of knucklebones as well as dice games.[3] These bones were also sometimes used for oracular
and divinatory functions. Other implements could have included shells, stones and sticks.

In ancient civilizations there was no clear distinction between the sacred and the profane.[4] According to Durkheim, games were
[5]
founded in a religious setting and were a cornerstone of social bonding.

Mesopotamia and the Mediterranean world


A series of 49 small carved painted stones found at the 5,000-year-old Başur Höyük burial mound in southeast Turkey could
represent the earliest gaming pieces ever found. Similar pieces have been found in Syria and Iraq and seem to point to board games
having originated in the Fertile Crescent.[6] The earliest board games seem to have been a pastime for the elite and were sometimes
given as diplomatic gifts.[7]

The Royal Game of Ur, or Game of Twenty Squares was played with a set of pawns on a richly decorated board and dates from about
3000 BCE.[8] It was a race game which employed a set of knucklebone dice. This game was also known and played in Egypt. A
Babylonian treatise on the game written on clay tablet shows that the game had astronomical significance and that it could also be
used to tell one's fortune.[9] The Ur game was also popular with the lower classes, as attested by a 2,700-year-old graffiti version of
the game, scratched onto a gateway to a palace in Khorsabad. Similar games have been found in Iran, Crete, Cyprus, Sri Lanka and
Syria.[9] Excavations at Shahr-e Sukhteh ("The Burnt City") in Iran have shown that the game also existed there around 3000 BCE.
The artefacts include two dice and 60 checkers.[10][11] Games such as Nard and the Roman game Ludus Duodecim Scriptorum
(game of 12 points, also known as simply "dice", lat. "alea") may have developed from this Iranian game. The Byzantine game
Tabula is a descendant of the game of twelve points.

Among the earliest examples of a board game is senet, a game found in Predynastic and First Dynasty burial sites in Egypt (circa
3500 BCE and 3100 BCE, respectively) and in hieroglyphs dating to around 3100 BCE.[12] The game was played by moving
draughtsmen on a board of 30 squares arranged into three parallel rows of ten squares each. The players strategically moved their
pieces based on the throw of sticks or bones. The goal was to reach the edge of the board first. Senet slowly evolved over time to
reflect the religious beliefs of the Egyptians. The pieces represented human souls and their movement was based on the journey of the
soul in the afterlife. Each square had a distinct religious significance, with the final square being associated with the union of the soul
with the sun god Re-Horakhty.[12] Senet may have also been used in a ritual religious context.

The other example of a board game in ancient Egypt is “Hounds and Jackals”, also known as 58 holes. Hounds and Jackals appeared
in Egypt, around 2000 BC and was mainly popular in the Middle Kingdom. [13][14] The game was spread to Mesopotamia in the late
3rd millennium BC and was popular until the 1st millennium BC.[13] More than 68 gameboards of Hounds and Jackals have been
discovered in the archaeological excavations in various territories, including Syria (Tell Ajlun, Ras el-Ain, Khafaje), Israel (Tel Beth
Shean, Gezer), Iraq (Uruk, Nippur,Ur, Nineveh, Ashur, Babylon), Iran (Tappeh Sialk, Susa, Luristan), Turkey (Karalhuyuk, Kultepe,
Acemhuyuk), Azerbaijan (Gobustan ) and Egypt (Buhen, El-Lahun, Sedment).[15] [13] It was a race game for two players. The
en small pegs with either jackal or dog heads were used for playing.[16] It’s believed
gaming board consisted of two sets of 29 holes. T
[17]
that the aim of the game was to begin at one point on the board and to reach with all figures at the other point on the board.

In Ancient Greece and in the Roman Empire, popular games included ball games (Episkyros, Harpastum, Expulsim Ludere - a kind
of handball), dice games (Tesserae), knucklebones, Bear games, Tic-tac-toe (Terni Lapilli), Nine Men's Morris (mola) and various
types of board games similar to checkers. Both Plato and Homer mention board games called 'petteia' (games played with pessoi', i.e.
'pieces' or 'men'). According to Plato, they are all Egyptian in origin. The name 'petteia' seems to be a generic term for board game
[18]
and refers to various games. One such game was called 'poleis' (city states) and was a game of battle on a checkered board.
The Romans played a derivation of 'petteia' called 'latrunculi' or Ludus latrunculorum (the soldiers' game or the bandits' game). It is
first mentioned by Varro (116–27 BCE) and alluded to by Martial and Ovid. This game was extremely popular and was spread
throughout Europe by the Romans. Boards have been found as far as Roman Britain. It was a war game for two players and included
[19]
moving around counters representing soldiers, the object being to get one of the adversary's pieces between two of one's own.

Gallery
A Senet gameboard and game pieces from theKV62 tomb of Tutankhamun—originally from Thebes.

Royal Game of Ur, southern Iraq, about 2600-2400 BCE

Board game with inlays of ivory, rock crystal and glass paste, covered with gold and silver leaf, on a wooden base
(Knossos, New Palace period 1600–1500 BCE, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Crete)

Ludus duodecim scriptorumtable in the museum atEphesus, an ancestor of Backgammon.

Modern reconstruction of the Roman board game,Ludus latrunculorum (The bandits' game or the soldier's game),
Museum Quintana of Archaeology, in Künzing, Germany

Roman Statue of a girl playingastragaloi 130 - 150 BCE. Berlin, Antikenmuseum.


Middle East
After the Muslim conquest of Persia (638-651) Shatranj spread to the Arab world. While pre-
Islamic chess sets represented Elephants, Horses, Kings and Soldiers; the Islamic prohibition
against image worship led to increasing abstraction in chess set design. Islamic chess pieces were
therefore simple cylindrical and rectangular shapes. The game became immensely popular during
Abbasid Caliphate of the 9th century. The Abbasid Caliphs Harun al-Rashid and Al-Ma'mun were
avid Shatranj players.[20] During this period Muslim chess players published several treatises on Shatranj set, glazed
fritware, 12th century
chess problems (mansubat) and chess openings (ta'biyat). Elite players such as Al-Adli, al-Suli
and Ar-Razi were called aliyat or "grandees" and played at the courts of the Caliphs and wrote
about the game. Al-Adli (800-870) is known for writing Kitab ash-shatranj (book of chess), a comprehensive work on the game,
including history, openings, endgames and chess problems. Al-Adli also developed a system for ranking players. During the reign of
the Turko-Mongol conqueror Timur (1336–1405), a variant of chess known as Tamerlane chess was developed which some sources
attribute to Timur himself who was known to be a fan of the game.

Various games in the Tables family were also quite popular and are known as ifranjiah in Arabic
(meaning "Frankish") and as Nard in Iran. Many of the early Arabic texts which refer to these games
often debate the legality and morality of playing them. This debate was settled by the eighth century
when all four Muslim schools of jurisprudence declared them to beHaraam (forbidden), however they
are still played today in many Arab countries. Other popular games included
Mancala and Tâb.

Polo (Persian: chawgan, Arabic: sawlajan) was first played in Sassanid Persia.[21] It passed from
Sassanid Persia to the neighboring Byzantine Empire at an early date, and a Tzykanisterion (stadium
for playing polo) was built by emperor Theodosius II (r. 408–450) inside the Great Palace of
Constantinople.[22] After the Muslim conquests, it passed to the Ayyubid and Mameluke dynasties,
whose elites favored it above all other sports. Notable sultans such as Saladin and Baybars were
known to play it and encourage it in their court.[23] A Persian miniature
illustrating the poem
Playing cards were imported from Asia and India and were popular during Mamluk Dynasty Egypt, Guy-o Chawgân ("the
featuring polo sticks, coins, swords, and cups as suits. Ball and the Polo-
mallet") from the
Safavid dynasty
India
The use of cubical and oblong dice was common in the Indus Valley Harappan
civilization (c. 2300 BC). The earliest textual mention of games in India is the Rig-
Veda's mention of the use of dice (c. 1000 BC). Texts such as the Mahabharata
indicate that dice games were popular with Kings and royalty, and also had
ceremonial purposes.[24] Cowry shells were also widely used.

Another early reference is the list of Buddha games (circa 500 BC) which is a list
from the Pali Canon that Buddhist monks were forbidden to play. This list mentions
games on boards with 8 or 10 rows (Ashtapada and Daśapada), games which use Hindu deities Shiva and Parvati
floor diagrams (one game called Parihâra-patham is similar to hop-scotch), dice playing chaupar, ca 1694–95
games and ball games. Ashtapada and Daśapada wererace games.

Chaturanga (which means 'quadripartite' and also 'army'), the predecessor of Chess, possibly developed in the Indian subcontinent or
Central Asia during the Kushan (30–375 CE) or Gupta (320–550 CE) periods from an amalgamation of other game features and was
transmitted to Sassanid Persia (where it was known as Shatranj) and China through the Silk Road.[25] The oldest text to mention
Chaturanga is the middle Persian work Wizârîshn î chatrang ud nîhishn î nêw-ardakhshîr (The explanation of Chatrang and the
invention of Nard, c. 600 AD). This texts tells the arrival of Chatrang in an embassy from 'Hind' during the reign of Khosrau I (531–
579).[26] The name 'Hind' was often used to refer to eastern regions such as Balochistan.[27] Another game named Chaturaji was
similar but played with four sides of differing colors instead of two, however the earliest source for this four sided board game is Al-
Biruni's 'India', circa 1030 AD. Historians of Chess such as Yuri Averbakh have surmised that the Greek board game petteia may
have had an influence on the development of early Chaturanga. Petteia games could have combined with other elements in the
Greco-Bactrian and Indo-Greek Kingdoms.[28][29]

Cross and circle games such as Chaupar and Pachisi may be very old games, but so far their history has not been established prior to
the 16th century. Chaupar was a popular gambling game at the court of Mughal emperor Akbar the Great (1556-1605). The emperor
himself was a fan of the game and was known to play on a courtyard of his palace using slaves as playing pieces.

East Asia
The extinct Chinese board game liubo was invented no later than the middle of the 1st millennium BCE, and was popular during the
Warring States period (476 BCE – 221 BCE) and the Han Dynasty (202 BCE – 220 CE).[30][31] Although the game's rules have been
lost, it was apparently arace game not unlike Senet in that playing pieces were moved about a board using sticks thrown to determine
movement.

Go, also known as Weiqi, Igo, or Baduk (in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, respectively), is first mentioned in the historical annal
Zuo Zhuan[32] (c. 4th century BC[33] ). It is also mentioned in Book XVII of the Analects of Confucius[33] and in two of the books of
Mencius[34] (c. 3rd century BC[33] ). In ancient China, Go was one of the four cultivated arts of the Chinese scholar gentleman, along
with calligraphy, painting and playing the musical instrument guqin, and examinations of skill in those arts was used to qualify
candidates for service in the bureaucracy. Go was brought to Korea in the second century BC when the Han Dynasty expanded into
the Korean peninsula and it arrived in Japan in the 5th or 6th century AD and it quickly became a favorite aristocratic pastime.

Chinese Chess or Xiangqi seems to have been played during theTang Dynasty, any earlier attestation is problematic. Several Xiangqi
pieces are known from the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1126). It is unknown exactly how Xiangqi developed. Other traditional
Asian Chess variants includeShogi (Japan), Makruk (Thailand), Janggi (Korea) and Sittuyin (Burma).

Playing cards or tiles were invented in China[35] as early as the 9th century during the Tang Dynasty (618–907).[36][37][38] The
[39]
earliest unambiguous attestation of paper playing cards date back to 1294.

The modern game of Dominoes developed from early Chinese tile based games. What appears to have been the earliest references to
gaming tiles are mentions of kwat pai, or "bone tiles", used in gambling, in Chinese writings no later than 900 AD.[40] The earliest
definite references to Chinese dominoes are found in the literature of the Song Dynasty (960-1279), while Western-style dominoes
are a more recent variation, with the earliest examples being of early-18th century Italian design.[41] The modern tile game Mahjong
is based on older Chinesecard games like Khanhoo, peng hu, and shi hu.[42]

The pre-modern Chinese also playedball games such as Cuju which was a ball and net game similar to football, and Chuiwan, which
is similar to modern golf.

Gallery
A pair of Eastern Han dynasty (25–220 CE) ceramic tomb figurines of two gentlemen playingliubo

A screen painting depicting people of theMing dynasty playing Go, by Kanō Eitoku

Xiangqi game pieces dated to theSong dynasty (960–1279)

Shogi, Go and Sugoroku; Japan, 1780.

Early Rattanakosin periodMakruk set with pieces made from albino and black water buf
falos' horn.

The Xuande Emperor (1425-1435) of the Ming dynasty playingChuiwan.

Africa
The most widespread of the native African games is Mancala. Mancala is a family of board games played around the world,
sometimes called "sowing" games, or "count-and-capture" games, which describes the gameplay. The word mancala:‫ ﻣﻨﻘﻠﺔ‬comes
from the Arabic word naqala:‫ ﻧﻘﻠﺔ‬meaning literally "to move". The earliest evidence of Mancala consists of fragments of pottery
boards and several rock cuts found in Aksumite in Ethiopia, Matara (now in Eritrea), and Yeha (also in Ethiopia), which have been
dated by archaeologists to between the 6th and 7th century CE. More than 800 names of traditional mancala games are known, and
almost 200 invented games have been described. However, some names denote the same game, while some names are used for more
than one game. Today, the game is played worldwide, withmany distinct variants representing different regions of the Third World.

Americas
Archaeologist Barbara Voorhies has theorized that a series of holes on clay floors
arranged in c shapes at the Tlacuachero archaeological site in Mexico's Chiapas state
may be 5000-year-old dice-game scoreboards. If so this would be the oldest
[43]
archaeological evidence for a game in the Americas.

Dice games were popular throughout the Americas. Patolli was one of the most
popular board games played by mesoamerican peoples such as the Mayans, Toltecs
and Aztecs, it was a race game played with beans or dice on square and oval-shaped
boards and gambling was a key aspect of it. The Andean peoples also played a dice Pit marks supposed to be ancient
game which is called by theQuechua word pichca or pisca. Gebeta (i.e. mancala) boards in the
base of an Aksumite stele, Axum,
Ethiopia

One of the oldest known ball games in history is the Mesoamerican ballgame
(Ōllamaliztli in Nahuatl). Ōllamaliztli was played as far back as 1,400 BC and had
important religious significance for the mesoamerican peoples such as the Maya and
Aztec.[44] The game evolved over time but the main goal was to keep a solid rubber
ball in play by striking it with various parts of the body or with tools such as rackets.
The game may have served as a proxy for warfare and also had a major religious
function. Formal ballgames were held as ritual events, often featuring human
sacrifice, though it was also played for leisure by children and even women.

The indigenous North American peoples played various kinds of stickball games, Patolli game being watched by
which are the ancestors of modern Lacrosse. Traditional stickball games were Macuilxochitl as depicted on page
sometimes major events that could last several days. As many as 100 to 1,000 men 048 of the Codex Magliabechiano
from opposing villages or tribes would participate. The games were played in open
plains located between villages, and the goals could range from 500 yards (460 m) to
6 miles (9.7 km) apart.[45]

European games
The Tafl games were a family of ancient Germanic and Celtic board games played across much of Northern Europe from earlier than
400 CE until the 12th century.[46] Although the rules of the games were never explicitly recorded, it seems to have been a game with
uneven forces (2:1 ratio) and the goal of one side was to escape to the side of the board with a King while the other side's goal was to
capture him. Tafl was spread by the Vikings throughout northern Europe, includingIceland, Britain, Ireland, and Lapland.[47]

Chess was introduced to the Iberian emirate of Cordoba in 822 during the reign of Abd ar-Rahman II. By the middle of the 10th
century it was being played in Christian Spain, Italy and Southern Germany. By 1200, it had reached Britain and Scandinavia.[48]
Initially there were many differing local Chess games with varying rules orassizes such as Short assize chess, Courier chess and Dice
Chess.

An important source of medieval games is theLibro de los juegos, ("Book of games"), orLibro de acedrex, dados e tablas, ("Book of
chess, dice and tables", in Old Spanish) which was commissioned by Alfonso X of Castile, Galicia and León in 1283.[49] The
manuscript contains descriptions and color illustrations of Dice games, Chess and tabula, a predecessor of Backgammon. The book
portrays these games within an astrological context, and some game variants are astronomically designed, such as a game titled
"astronomical chess", played on a board of seven concentric circles, divided radially into twelve areas, each associated with a
constellation of the Zodiac. The symbolism of the text indicates that some of these games were given metaphysical significance.
Chess was also used to teach social and moral lessons by the Dominican friar Jacobus de Cessolis in his Liber de moribus hominum
et officiis nobilium super ludo scacchorum ('Book of the customs of men and the duties of nobles or the Book of Chess'). Published
circa 1300, the book was immensely popular.
Other pre-modern European board games include Rithmomachy or "the philosophers game", Alquerque, Fox & Geese, Nine Men's
Morris, Draughts, Nim, Catch the Hare and the Game of the Goose. Dice games were widely played throughout Europe and included
Hazard, Chuck-a-luck, Glückshaus, Shut the Box and knucklebones.

Card games first arrived in Italy from Mamluk Egypt in the 14th century, with suits very similar to the Swords, Clubs, Cups and
Coins and those still used in traditional Italian and Spanish decks.[50] The four suits most commonly encountered today (spades,
hearts, diamonds, and clubs) appear to have originated in France circa 1480.[51] 1440s Italy saw the rise of tarot cards and this led to
the development of Tarot card games such as Tarocchini, Königrufen and French tarot. The decks were also sometimes used for
cartomancy.

Outdoor games were very popular during holidays and fairs and were played by all classes. Many of these games are the predecessors
of modern sports and lawn games. Boules, Lawn Billiards (later brought indoors as Billiards), Skittles (an ancestor of modern ten pin
Bowling), medieval football, Kolven, Stoolball (an ancestor of Cricket), Jeu de paume (early racket-less tennis), Horseshoes and
Quoits all predate the early modern era.

Gallery
Hnefatafl reconstruction

Christian And Muslim Playing Chess.Libro de los juegos.

Wood carving of two youths playing ball on amisericord at Gloucester Cathedral, c. 1350.

Italian Sancai Bowl depicting a card game, Mid 15th Century

'Game of Skittles', copy of 1660-68 painting by Pieter de Hooch in the Saint Louis Art Museum

Medieval illustration of tabula players from the 13th centuryCarmina Burana.

Modern games

Professional board games


Modern chess rules began taking shape in Spain and Italy during the 15th century
with the adoption of the standard Queen and Bishop movements (initially called
"Mad Queen chess"). Writings on chess theory also began to appear in the 15th
century with the first text being the Repetición de Amores y Arte de Ajedrez
(Repetition of Love and the Art of Playing Chess, 1497) by Spanish churchman Luis
Ramirez de Lucena. Chess books by authors such as Ruy López de Segura and
Gioachino Greco became widely studied. Chess was the favored game of Voltaire,
Rousseau, Benjamin Franklin and Napoleon.[52]
Emanuel Lasker (right) playing
In 1851, the first international chess tournament was held in London and won by
Steinitz for the World Chess
Adolf Anderssen. Soon after modern time control rules were adopted for competitive Championship, New York 1894
play. The first Official World Chess Championship was held in 1886 in the United
States and won by Wilhelm Steinitz. By the 20th century, the game of Chess had
developed into a professional sport with chess clubs, publications, player ratings and chess tournaments. The World Chess Federation
(FIDE) was founded in 1924 inParis.

A large number of Chess variants were also developed, with varying pieces, rules, boards and scoring. Among them are Kriegspiel,
Capablanca Chess, Alice Chess, Circular chess, Three-dimensional chess, Hexagonal Chess, Chess with different armies, and Bobby
Fischer's Chess960.

In Japan, Go and Shogi became the major board games played at a professional level. Both games were promoted in Japan by the
Tokugawa shogunate in the 17th century, and top players (Meijin) received government endowments. During the 20th century the
Japan Shogi Association and the Japan Go Association were founded and began organizing professional tournaments. During the
Qing dynasty, many Xiangqi clubs were formed and books published. The Chinese Xiangqi Association was formed in 1962, and
Xiangqi tournaments are held worldwide by national Xiangqi associations.

In 1997 the first Mind Sports Olympiad was held in London and included traditional as well as modern board games. Other board
games such as Backgammon, Scrabble and Risk are also played professionally with dedicated world championships.

Commercial board games


The Ancient Indian game of Pachisi was brought to the west by the British in the
1863 and an adaptation of the game named Parcheesi was first copyrighted in the
United States by EG Selchow & Co in 1869.[53] A version of the game called Ludo
was patented in 1896. A similar German race game, Mensch ärgere dich nicht
("Man, don't get annoyed"), became immensely popular with German troops during
World War I. Another Indian game which was adopted by the West was Gyan
chauper (a.k.a. Moksha Patam), popularly known as snakes and ladders. This was a
game which was intended to teach lessons about karma and good and bad actions,
the ladders represented virtues and the snakes vices. The moral lesson of the game
was that spiritual liberation, or Moksha could only be achieved through virtuous
action, while vice led to endless reincarnation. The game dates to medieval India
where it was played by Jains and Hindus. A Buddhist version, known as "ascending
the [spiritual] levels" (Tibetan: sa gnon rnam bzhags) is played in Nepal and Tibet
[54] while a Muslim version of the game played during the mughal period from the
late 17th or early 18th centuries featured the 101 names of God. The game was first
brought to Victorian England and it was published in the United States as Chutes Gyan chauper, Late 18th Century
and Ladders (an "improved new version of England's famous indoor sport") by Jain game board on cloth in the
decorative arts gallery of theNational
game pioneer Milton Bradley in 1943.
Museum of India. Acc. No. 85.312
The first board game for which the name of its designer is known is 'A Journey Through Europe or the Play of Geography', a map-
based game published in 1759 by John Jefferys, a Geography and writing teacher.[55] Designed in England by George Fox in 1800,
The Mansion of Happiness became the prototype for commercial board games for at least two centuries to follow. The first board
game published in the United States was 'Traveller's Tour Through the United States', published by New York City bookseller F.
Lockwood in 1822. The earliest board games published in the United States were based upon Christian morality and included The
Mansion of Happiness (1843) and The Game of Pope or Pagan, or The Siege of the Stronghold of Satan by the Christian Army
(1844). While demonstrating the commercial viability of the ancient race game format, its moralistic overtones were countered by
Milton Bradley in 1860 with the introduction of a radically different concept of success in The Checkered Game of Life, in which
material successes came as a result of accomplishments such as attending college, marrying, and getting rich. Likewise the Game of
the District Messenger Boy(1886) also focused on secular capitalist virtues rather than the religious.

First patented in 1904, The Landlord's Game, designed by Elizabeth Magie,[56] was
originally intended to illustrate the economic consequences of Ricardo's Law of
Economic rent and the Georgist concept of a single tax on land value.[57] A series of
board games were developed from 1906 through the 1930s that involved the buying
and selling of land and the development of that land. By 1933, a board game had
been created much like the version of modernMonopoly by the Parker Brothers.

Though the first commercial version of the game of Battleship was Salvo, published
in 1931 in the United States by the Starex company, the game itself dates to before
World War I when it was played on paper by Russian officers.[58] The French board
game L'Attaque was first commercially released in 1910, having been designed two
years prior as a military-themed imperfect knowledge game based upon the earlier
Chinese children's board game Dou Shou Qi. L'Attaque was subsequently adapted
by the Chinese into Luzhanqi (or Lu Zhan Jun Qi), and by Milton Bradley into
Stratego, the latter having been trademarked in 1960 while the former remains in the
public domain. Jury Box, published in 1935, was the first murder mystery game
which served as the basis for games likeCluedo.

Initially designed in 1938, Scrabble received its first mass-market exposure in 1952,
two years prior to the release ofDiplomacy, in 1954. Diplomacy was a game favored
by John F. Kennedy, and Henry Kissinger. Originally released in 1957 as La The Game of the District Messenger
Conquête du Monde ("The Conquest of the World") in France, Risk was first Boy (1886) encouraged therags to
riches idea that a lowly messenger
published under its English title in 1959.
boy could ascend the corporate
Starting with Gettysburg in 1958, the company Avalon Hill developed particular ladder to become president
board wargames covering specific historical themes such as Midway, D-Day and
PanzerBlitz. Board wargames such as Squad Leader, Tactics and Europa developed
extremely complex and realistic rules. Avalon Hill's Civilization introduced the use of the technology tree (or "tech tree"), variants of
which have been implemented in numerous later board and video games such as Sid Meier's Civilization. Recent wargames such as
'A distant plain', 'Labyrinth' and the satiricalWar on Terror have focused on counterinsurgency and contemporary terrorism.

A concentrated design movement towards the German-style board game, or Eurogame, began in the late 1970s and early 1980s in
Germany,[59] and led to the development of board games such as Carcassone, The Settlers of Catan, Agricola, Ticket to ride and
Puerto Rico.

Card games
During the 15th century card suits began to approach the contemporary regional styles and the court cards evolved to represent
European royalty. Early European card games included Noddy, Triomphe, All Fours, Piquet, Basset, Hofamterspiel, Karnöffel, and
Primero. In 1674 Charles Cotton's published his 'Compleat Gamester', one of the first books which set out to outline rules for many
card and dice games. During the mid 16th century, Portuguese traders introduced
playing cards to Japan. The first reference to twenty-one, the precursor of Blackjack
is found in a book by the Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes. Cervantes was a
gambler, and the main characters of his tale Rinconete y Cortadillo are cheats
proficient at playing ventiuna (twenty-one).

The game of Cribbage appears to have developed in the early 17th century, as an
adaptation of the earlier card game Noddy. Pinochle was likely derived from the
earlier Bezique, a game popular in France during the 17th century. 1742 saw the
publication of Edmund Hoyle's 'Short Treatise on the Game of Whist' which became
one of the bestselling publications of the 18th century.[60] Whist was widely played
during the 18th and 19th centuries,[61] having evolved from the 16th century game
of Trump (or Ruff) by way of Ruff and Honours.[62][63]

Baccarat first came to the attention of the public at large and grew to be widely
played as a direct result of the Royal Baccarat Scandal of 1891,[64][65] and bears British soldiers playing cards in
resemblances to the card games Faro and Basset, both of which were very popular France, 1915.
during the 19th century. The rules of Contract bridge were originally published in
1925, the game having been derived from Bridge games with rules published as
early as 1886, Bridge games, in turn, having evolved from the earlier game of Whist.

The first documented game of poker dates from an 1833 Mississippi river steamer.[66] During the American Civil War the game was
popular with soldiers and additions were made including stud poker, and the straight. Modern tournament play became popular in
American casinos after the World Series of Poker (WSOP) began, in 1970.[67] Poker's popularity experiencedan unprecedented spike
at the beginning of the 21st century, largely because of the introduction of online poker and hole-card cameras, which turned the
game into a spectator sport. In 2009 the International Federation of Poker was founded in Lausanne, Switzerland, becoming the
official governing body for poker.

Collectible card games or trading card games while bearing similarities to earlier games in concept, first achieved wide popularity in
the 1990s. The first trading card game was 'The Base Ball Card Game' produced by The Allegheny Card Co. and registered on 4
April 1904. It featured 104 unique baseball cards with individual player attributes printed on the cards enabling each collector to
build a team and play the game against another person.[68] The 1990s saw the rise of games such as Magic: The Gathering and the
Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Miniature wargaming
Miniature figure games have their origin in a German chess variant called 'The
King's Game', created in 1780 by Helwig, Master of Pages to the Duke of
Brunswick. It had a board with 1,666 squares of varying types of terrain, with
pieces representing modern military units.[69] In the early 19th century, the
Prussian army developed war games or 'kriegspieler', with staff officers
moving pieces around on a game table, using dice rolls to indicate chance or
"friction" and with an umpire scoring the results. After the stunning Prussian
victories against Austriaand France in the 19th century, the Austrians, French,
British, Italians, Japanese and Russians all began to make use of wargaming as
a training tool. By 1889 wargaming was firmly embedded in the culture of the H. G. Wells playing Little Wars
U.S. Navy.[70]

The first non-military wargame rules were developed by Naval enthusiast and analyst Fred T. Jane in 1898. H. G. Wells published
rules in his Floor Games (1911) and Little Wars (1913) designed for wargaming with toy soldiers. In 1956, Jack Scruby, known as
the "Father of Modern Miniature Wargaming" organized the first miniatures convention and he was also a manufacturer of military
miniatures and editor of a wargaming newsletter. Miniature war games became affordable and mainstream in the late 1950s with the
rise of cheaper miniature production methods by miniature figure manufacturers such as Scruby Miniatures, Miniature Figurines and
Hinchliffe. During the 1980s there was a boom in miniature wargaming with the development of games such as Warhammer Fantasy
Battle and Warhammer 40,000. Today miniature wargaming includes most historical eras, fantasy and science fiction settings as well
as Naval wargaming (Don't Give Up the Ship!, General Quarters), Air wargaming and Space combat wargames (Full Thrust, Attack
Vector: Tactical).

Role playing games


Early role-playing games such as those made by M. A. R. Barker and Greg
Stafford developed from miniature figure wargames. Gary Gygax of the
University of Minnesota's wargaming society developed a set of rules for a late
medieval milieu. This game was called Chainmail and was a historical game,
but later editions included an appendix for adding fantasy elements such as
spells, wizards and dragons. By 1971, Dave Arneson had developed a
miniatures game called Blackmoor which contained elements that would
become widespread in fantasy gaming: hit points, experience points, character
levels, armor class, and dungeon crawls. Arneson and Gygax then met and
D&D game in progress.
collaborated on the first Dungeons & Dragons game which was released in
1974 by Gygax's TSR. The game was very successful and several other games
such as the Science fiction RPG Traveller and the generic GURPS system followed in imitation. In the late 1970s TSR launched
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (AD&D) which saw an expansion of rulebooks and additions. The 80s saw several Dungeons &
Dragons controversies such as the claims that the game promoted Satanism and witchcraft. Traditional Roleplaying games were the
basis for the modern Role-playing video game.

Other indoor games


In colonial America, the game of Hazard was called crapaud by the French in New Orleans (a French word meaning "toad" in
reference to the original style of play by people crouched over a floor or sidewalk). This was later shortened to craps and after several
adaptations became the most popular gambling dice game in the United States.[71] Sic bo was introduced into the United States by
Chinese immigrants in the 20th century and is now a popular casino game. Another casino game, Roulette, has been played since the
late 18th century, and was probably adapted from English wheel games such as Roly-Poly and E.O.

With the possible exception of Carrom (a game whose origins are uncertain), the earliest table games appear to have been the Cue
sports, which include Carom billiards, Pool, or Pocket billiards, and Snooker. The cue sports are generally regarded as having
developed into indoor games from outdoor stick-and-ball lawn games (retroactively termed ground billiards),[72] and as such to be
related to trucco, croquet and golf, and more distantly to the sticklessbocce and balls.

Dominoes, which originate in China and date as far back as the Song Dynasty (AD 1120), first appeared in Europe during the 18th
century. The Chinese tile game Mahjong developed from a Chinese card game known as Mǎdiào sometime during the 17th century
and was imported into the United States in the 1920s.

Outdoor games
Modern sports developed from different European games, many of them played by European royalty. Tennis developed in France,
French kings like Francis I of France (1515–47) and Henry II (1547–59) were well known players.Golf originated in Scotland, where
the first written record of golf is James II's banning of the game in 1457. The ban was lifted by James IV in 1502 who also played
golf. Cricket can be traced back to Tudor times in early 16th-century England and the modern rules of association football and rugby
football are based on mid-19th century rules made to standardise the football games played by English public schools. These team
sports were spread worldwide by the influence of theBritish empire.
Electronic games
The earliest reference to a purely electronic game appears to be a United States patent registration in 1947 for what was described by
its inventors as a "cathode ray tube amusement device".[73] Through the 1950s and 1960s the majority of early computer games ran
on university mainframe computers in the United States. Beginning in 1971, video arcade games began to be offered to the public for
play. The first home video game console, the Magnavox Odyssey, was released in 1972.[74][75]

The golden age of arcade video games began in 1978 and continued through to the mid-1980s. A second generation of video game
consoles, released between 1977 and 1983, saw increased popularity as a result of this, though this eventually came to an abrupt end
with the North American video game crash of 1983. The home video game industry was eventually revitalized with the third
generation of game consolesover the next few years, which saw a shift in the dominance of the video game industry from the United
States to Japan. This same time period saw the advent of the personal computer game, specialized gaming home computers, early
online gaming, and the introduction ofLED handheld electronic gamesand eventually handheld video games.

One popular electronic gaming company, Nintendo changed the world of gaming. The founder of Nintendo, Fusajiro Yamauchi,
initially created Japanese flower cards. These became a huge hit in the western world. Yamauchi Nintendo & Co. was their first
company name, then in 1951, the company changed their name to Nintendo Playing Card Co. Ltd. The company created a laser clay
shooting system which many took on as a hobby. Nintendo then developed a 16mm projection system in 1974 which also became a
huge hit in the western world. Six years later, Nintendo created “Donkey Kong”, a game in which the “Jumpman” has to rescue his
girlfriend from the ape. They later named “Jumpman” to “Mario” after their office landlord. In 1984, the company created split
screen multiplayer screens which changed video games forever. As it allowed multiple people to play at time, Super Mario Bros.
interested most people in this type of game play. In 1989, the GameBoy was introduced and became the company’s most popular
game console. As a result, many of the consoles that came after the Nintendo Gameboy were also very popular like the Nintendo DS,
Wii, and DSi. When it comes to gaming consoles, the Nintendo products have been the most versatile systems. While most
companies have created stationary systems, not meant to leave the living room, Nintendo has thrived off of mobile gaming systems.
Specifically, according to the Nintendo Switch Website, “Nintendo Switch is designed to go wherever you go, transforming from
home console to portable system in a snap. So you get more time to play the games you love, however you like.”

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