What are the world’s most popular board games?
While board games have existed for several millennia, they tend to fluctuate in popularity. Tabletop gaming is currently seeing a resurgence as people tend towards the social competition, with the global market expecting to grow rapidly. A new way to experience games began in 1998, with the launch of the first online casino.
With the world constantly shifting towards more digital media, online casinos are becoming more and more popular among customers. A large difference in the demographic of these two platforms is age, as you must be 18 or over to join an online casino. For those under 18, board games are often used to bring family and friends together, in tests of skill and competitivity.
Some of the more popular board games are Scrabble®, Monopoly® and Chess. Each of these games offers a different skill set to be challenged, with wordplay games, such as Scrabble, rarely appearing in a casino environment. The most popular online casino games are Blackjack, Roulette and Poker.
Who Invented Games?
Senet is the oldest known record of a board game, dating back to 3500BC in Ancient Egypt. This game was played with a rectangular board and carved symbols as pieces; It is not clear exactly how this game was played, but modern attempts at recreating the rules have been attempted based from ancient discovered texts.
Board games were a royal pursuit in these days, with the wealthy Pharaohs enjoying this way of passing the time. Unlike Senet, a game that has stood the test of time is Backgammon, dating back to 3000BC in Mesopotamia (now modern Iraq). This game featured a similar board to Senet, with 30 checkers alongside.
The world’s oldest dice were discovered in this same area, dating back to the same era, though these were made of human bones, unlike the more humane plastic standard enjoyed today! Backgammon experienced a dramatic boost in the 1960s, as Prince Alexis Obolensky officially recorded the rules for the game, while founding the International Backgammon Association, earning him the moniker of “The Father of Modern Backgammon”.
As time advanced, board games became a fun and social way to spend time with others, with games shifting through different genres, from war simulations such as Risk, to mystery games such as Cluedo.
The period between 1880 and 1920 is sometimes referred to as ‘The Golden Age’ of board games, as the mass production capabilities at that time made games far more accessible for families and friends. With this newfound popularity, board games have surged to cover all tastes, aimed at children, adults and everything in between. No matter what interests a family has, they will be able to find something to suit their tastes and enjoy their company in a stimulating environment.
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