A Brief History of Hobby Boardgaming (WIP)
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I have been doing some historical investigations about the history of “hobby” boardgaming, as an activity distinct from more mainstream or casual gaming, and my research got a bit carried away. So I decided to start dumping it all into this spectacular geeklist to share with others, and hopefully to solicit additional input, insight, and corrections. Consider this a perpetual work in progress.

This list presents, in a rough chronological order, many of the major milestones, innovations, and events (as well as the games, people, and publishers that made them happen) that define and shape the hobby boardgaming world.

If you feel I am missing important or pivotal items – by all means please make a comment and suggest that it be added. I want to retain control over adding new items to the list, as I want to keep it formatted consistently – but please don’t hesitate to call me out where I’m wrong or where I missed something you feel is important.

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1. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:124]
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-3000 to Present
Classic Abstract Games

Abstracts, outside of Traditional Card Games, are certainly the oldest and longest running genre of boardgames. The games in his bucket don’t need much introduction, but it is worth pointing out that often these games are played as “lifestyle” games – that is, people dedicate their gaming time entirely to one (or just a few) of such games. As a consequence, there are books, events, conventions, tournaments, and more focused around a particular game.

-3000 - Backgammon
-2200 - Go
550 - Kalah
1100 - Checkers
1475 - Chess
1850 - Mahjong
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2. Board Game: Traditional Card Games [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:2556]
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c. 1480 to Present
Traditional Card Games

The common 52-card deck of French suited cards has been around for centuries, and grew, in part, out of even older Tarot Card decks. Traditional card games of course remain widely popular today in a variety of contexts, from gambling focused games, to competitive poker, to Bridge, to casual trick-taking games, to children’s game.

From a hobby perspective, it is interesting to note the many games that are derived in part from the basic structure of suits + ranks coming from a traditional deck of cards.

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3. Board Game Publisher: Milton Bradley
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Founded 1860 - 1984 (Hasbro Purchase)
The Key to Fun (??)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milton_Bradley_Company
Wikipedia wrote:
The Milton Bradley Company is an American board game company established by Milton Bradley in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1860. In 1920, it absorbed the game production of McLoughlin Brothers, formerly the largest game manufacturer in the United States, and in 1987, it purchased Selchow and Righter, makers of Parcheesi and Scrabble.

Milton Bradley was taken over by Hasbro, Inc., in 1984. Now wholly owned by Hasbro, it is still retained as one of Hasbro's brands, similar to the manner in which former Milton Bradley arch-rival Parker Brothers is one of Hasbro's brands.


Company was a mass market giant following WWII, particularly for children's games.

Candyland
Chutes & Ladders
Game of Life
Yahtzee (1968)

There it is.
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4. Board Game Publisher: Parker Brothers
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Founded 1883 - 1991 (Hasbro Purchase)
The Rise of Consumer Games

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Parker Brothers is an American toy and game manufacturer and brand. Since 1883, the company has published more than 1,800 games;[1] among their best known products are Monopoly, Cluedo (licensed from the British publisher and known as Clue in North America), Sorry!, Risk, Trivial Pursuit, Ouija, Aggravation, and Probe. Parker Brothers is currently a subsidiary of Hasbro.


Rook – 1906 bridge-like game that used its own deck of cards to avoid issues with traditional cards. Monopoly – Published by PB in 1935 – based on design from 1903 game

Rook
Monopoly
Scrabble
Clue
Sorry
Trivial Pursuit

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5. Board Game Publisher: Ravensburger Spieleverlag GmbH
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1884
Puzzles and Games!

German publisher of puzzles, games, books, and various other sundries. Summarized from Wikipedia:

First boardgame appeared in 1884, named “Journey Around the World.” Biggest growth in the 1960’s, with a 1977 split into a book publishing arm and game publishing arm.

Probably best recognized (stateside) for the Amazing Labyrinth game, that always maintains a strong appearance at most independent toy stores. Also responsible for the Alea imprint (another geeklist item) that is a cornerstone of eurogaming.

1954 - Explore Europe
1981 - Enchanted Forest
1986 - Labyrinth



Where is David Bowie when you need him!?





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6. Board Game: Rook [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1971]
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1906
Traditional Cards are Evil!

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Rook is a trick-taking game, usually played with a specialized deck of cards. Sometimes referred to as "Christian cards" or "missionary poker", Rook playing cards were introduced by Parker Brothers in 1906 to provide an alternative to standard playing cards for those in the Puritan tradition or Mennonite culture who considered the face cards in a regular deck inappropriate[1] because of their association with gambling and cartomancy.


Of course since then there have been countless other games that replicate traditional deck structures with suits + ranks.

Original Card Games with Similarities to Traditiional Deck Structure

1991 - Tichu
2010 - Haggis
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7. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.39 Overall Rank:15674]
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1903 / 1935
A Monopoly Ever After

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8. Board Game Publisher: Waddington's Games, Inc.
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1922
From Brittan with Love

From wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waddington_games
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Waddingtons was noted as a publisher of card and board games in the United Kingdom. It was also a major producer of folding cartons, such as toothpaste, Easter egg and cigarettes, as well as a designer of stamps and currency. The company was founded by John Waddington of Leeds, England and Wilson Barratt, under the name Waddingtons Limited. The name was changed to Waddington's House of Games, then John Waddington Limited, then Waddington Games, and finally just Waddingtons.

The company was initially established as a printing business, entering into game production in 1922, due to a boom in demand for playing cards around World War I.[1] Waddingtons subsequently sold both original games (especially tie-ins for UK television programmes) and games licensed from other publishers.

The company was eventually bought by Hasbro in 1994.[2]


Games of note...

1938 - Buccaneer
1949 - Cluedo
1962 - Formula-1

The high seas await!
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9. Board Game Publisher: The Avalon Hill Game Co
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The Birth of Hobby Gaming? Or Just Wargamming?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avalon_hill

Establishes wargame hobby (??), alongside rival Simulation Publications Inc (SPI; founded 1969).

Long time as the "heart" of the "gamer" gaming hobby in the US.

Landmark "Early" Games - Help me here, I don't really know!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Avalon_Hill_games

1964 - Afrika Korps
1977 - Squad Leader
1979 - Magic Realm

AH VP's Don Greenwood & Tom Shaw at Origins 1977. Copyright Rodger B. MacGowan
CHECK OUT THOSE PANTS!

Magic Realm

"First turn placement of 21st Panzer, supply and Rommel." - My thoughts exactly.
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10. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:14941]
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1957
So these dudes meet on a map...

One of the first (the first?) multiple player conquest game. Established precedents for territory control + resource generation, die rolling for combat results, etc.

Check out A Brief History of Dudes on a Map.


Dudes on a map...
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11. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:512]
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1959
Let's Negotiate Shall We?

Designed in 1954. Various publishers:

Barticus88 wrote:
1959 Allan B. Calhamer (self published)
1961 Games Research
1979 Avalon Hill


Emphasis on negotiation with practically zero chance/luck elements. Ground breaking for its play-by-mail popularity (particularly in the UK).

Now the dudes on the map are wanting to talk to each other!
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12. Board Game Designer: Sid Sackson
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1962
The Father of Eurogames?

Acquire 1962 – short listed for the first Spiel des Jahres award in 1979
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Recent republication via kickstarter of certain title
Won a Speil Des Jahres for something else…
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13. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:210]
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1962
Stocks, Acquisitions, and Mergers oh my!

Sid Sackson classic and one of the few early games outside of Monopoly to incorporate challenging economic gameplay mechanics. Resource conversion, area majority, stock holding, etc.

Feel the depth!
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1962-1975
A Push for Abstract Strategy& Economic Games

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3M_bookshelf_game_series
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15. Board Game: Convention [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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1968
First GenCon!
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16. Board Game: 1829 [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:3727]
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1974
The Birth of Train Games? And Train Gamers?

First train game is 1829 by Francis Tresham, who would later design Civilization.

Avalon Hill releases 1830: Railways & Robber Barons in 1986 – really jump starts 18xx genre at that point.

1830 up close and personal





On the other side, are the Crayon Rail Games.

1973 - Railway Rivals


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17. RPG: Dungeons & Dragons (Original Edition) [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:84]
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1974
The Birth of Roleplaying Games?

Gary Gygax - The Father of RPG'ing and Stuff
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18. Board Game Publisher: Games Workshop Ltd.
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1975
All Your Money Are Belong to Us

White Dwarf Magazine / wargame publishing
1979 – founded Citadel Miniatures
1983 - Warhammer Fantasy
1987 - Warhammer 40k 1st edition (Rouge Trader)

Games Workshop helped jump start the whole tactical miniature gaming movement.

Yes - I still have this on my bookshelf.

 
Waaaaaaaaaaggggghh!!!!!
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19. Board Game Publisher: Metagaming
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1975
Microgames, Big Impacts

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"Metagaming Concepts was a publisher of board games from 1975 to 1983 owned by Howard Thompson. Metagaming created and popularized the microgame format. It specialized in science fiction wargames; titles included Ogre, G.E.V., Godsfire, Stellar Conquest and WarpWar. The company also published the role-playing system The Fantasy Trip and the The Space Gamer magazine. In its later years, Metagaming introduced more fantasy titles into its lineup, and also began to publish games with historical themes, including Hitler's War.

Game designer Steve Jackson (I) got his start at Metagaming and retained the rights to Ogre, G.E.V., and The Space Gamer when he founded Steve Jackson Games. Among the other Metagaming designers were Lynn Willis and Keith Gross. Ben Ostrander, who was later the publisher of Mojo Press, served as the art director for most of the company's titles.


Significant Titles

1975 - Stellar Conquest
1977 - Ogre
1977 - Melee
1978 - Wizard
1981 - Hitler's War

The Power!

Microgame #4 - WarpWar
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20. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:833]
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1977
Mass Market Penetrodes

A “hobby game” with mainstream market penetration - played by a wide range of audiences. Very much a social game along - and despite the sci-fi "geek" theme resonnates with many people.

Also noteworthy of one of the first games to feature cards with variable powers.

Current Fantasy Flight Edition
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21. Board Game: Miscellaneous Game Magazine [Average Rating:6.58 Unranked]
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1977
Games in Your Mailbox

First issue in 1977. Will Shortz started at Games in November 1978, and edited the magazine from 1989 to 1993. He left when he became the current editor of The New York Times crossword puzzle (Wikipedia).

Various game magazines have had a particular significance for wargamers, as magazines often provided the medium for delivering new scenarios, content, etc.




Incidentally, 1977 was also the first year for Gamess Workshop's own White Dwarf (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_dwarf_magazine)

White Dwarf was a popular UK (and eventually international) publication that helped spur interest in roleplaying games primarily. Overtime, as GW grew their mainline game systems and associated universes (Warhammer fantasy and Warhammer 40k) White Dwarf content increasingly focused on GW's own products.
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22. Board Game: Hare & Tortoise [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1096]
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1979
Spiel des Jahres Annouces first Winner!

Approximate birth of German-style games.

More or less reflective of game design and style in Germany (?).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiel_des_Jahres

Early SdJ winners:

1979 - Hare & Tortise (1973 design)
1980 - Rummikub (1977 design)
1981 - Focus (Sid Sackson, 1963 design)
1982 - Enchanted Forest (1981 design)
1983 - Scotland Yard (1983)
1984 - Railway Rivals (1973, popularized later)
1985 - Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases (1981 design)



Americans had Candyland; Germans get this.

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23. Board Game: Civilization [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:227] [Average Rating:7.52 Unranked]
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1980
What Civilization?

Civ wasn't the first game to tackle the civ / emprie management theme, either in a historic setting or a fictional one (i.e. 4X space games). But it was a landmark release that was widely played and set the tone for the genre moving forward.



On the spacey side:

1975 - Stellar Conquest
1976 - Outreach: The Conquest of the Galaxy, 3000AD
1977 - WarpWar
1979 - Starfall

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24. Board Game Publisher: Steve Jackson Games
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Founded 1980
Bring on the Funny (and the Illuminati!)

SJG appears, in hindsight perhaps, to have started something a little new - making games with funny and/or satirical themes. Right out of the gate, they published the fisrt version of Illuminati, a game influenced by the Illuminatus books among other things. It had a rather novel mechanic of "tableau building" - playing and arranging cards in your own play area to form a power structure of sorts.

1977 - Ogre
1982 - Illuminati
1992 - Hacker
2001 - Munchkin

Let the truth be revealed! Yes, Universities are harboring evil geniuses for a better tomorrow! Yes, the World Wide Web is a front for the Men in Black! Yes, dolphins are the left hand of the Discordian Society!
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25. Board Game Publisher: Mayfair Games
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1981
Paving the way forward...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayfair_Games

1980 - Empire Builder and other train games was the backbone of Mayfair's early days.

Later, Mayfair would play a pivitol role in bringing German/Euro games to the US - most notably Settlers of Catan.

Don't break the crayons!
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