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My son has a class project to research a game or board game from the 1700s of colonial America.

We have just been able to find Nine Men Morris, some dexterity games like ball and cup, some hoop tossing game, jacks, marbles...

We were hoping for something more. Nine Men Morris or the others are not very thrilling "strategy" or "thinking" wise, and with the limited number there will be many presenting the same games.

We were hoping someone here more knowledgeable would be able to suggest something more interesting, and a little less obvious.

I know they used Dice and Dominos in those days, and understand that those games were probably gambling games in Ale Houses.

alas right now, looks like we may end up with "Huzzlecap" i.e. penny tossing...

thank you,
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A Journey Through Europe was published in 1759 and is one of (or the) oldest games featuring a map that you move around. It would surely have been played by at least somebody in America, as the designer of the game was John Jeffreys (probably the first ever game designer), who is believed to be a watchmaker from London, and was very important in the role of the invention of the marine chronometer, which would have then been used by ships crossing the Atlantic to the new world.
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I think Thomas Jefferson played Snakes and Ladders.


I'm pretty sure they played: Game of Goose
 
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You know you can use the Adv.Search at the top of the page and just fill in the "years published" with something like 1 to 1800.

I can't believe how old Backgammon is. surprise

 
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ponyboy93 wrote:
You know you can use the Adv.Search at the top of the page and just fill in the "years published" with something like 1 to 1800.

I can't believe how old Backgammon is. surprise

I did this, but the results really didn't look all that useful. A few pages of italian and japanese games. Maybe it'd be a good starting point though. the names of some of the British games are chuffing awesome though.
 
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To do something different, I was thinking about finding some Native American games. I found this page, maybe you will see something that works for you, my personal favorite is Run & Scream, sounds like a good time

http://www.traditionalnativegames.org/own_the_games_9.html

more ideas; http://moa.wfu.edu/files/2012/04/Fun-and-Games-Teachers-Guid...
 
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Doomsword wrote:
To do something different, I was thinking about finding some Native American games. I found this page, maybe you will see something that works for you, my personal favorite is Run & Scream, sounds like a good time

http://www.traditionalnativegames.org/own_the_games_9.html
I've a feeling my kids and I will be running and screaming in the park this weekend. Sounds like a laugh!

I think they missed one though:

Fighting
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1. Fight.
2. The winner wins.

Now THAT is a good game.
 
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TheRocketSurgeon wrote:
Doomsword wrote:
To do something different, I was thinking about finding some Native American games. I found this page, maybe you will see something that works for you, my personal favorite is Run & Scream, sounds like a good time

http://www.traditionalnativegames.org/own_the_games_9.html
I've a feeling my kids and I will be running and screaming in the park this weekend. Sounds like a laugh!

I think they missed one though:

Fighting
=========
1. Fight.
2. The winner wins.

Now THAT is a good game.


Everyone loves that game, very popular. Work-your-fingers-to-the-bone-so-you-don't-starve was another good time waster
 
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You may try looking for the history of Mancala. It is an African game that was played in parts of Europe in the 1600s. It might have made it to the Americans by the 1700s.
 
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BrackAttack wrote:
I think Thomas Jefferson played Snakes and Ladders.


I'm pretty sure they played: Game of Goose


http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/fun-fact-games
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Cribbage was taking off in England by then. I am sure it came across the pond with some.
If not its shipboard precursor Noddy surely was played.
 
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/15678/hoyles-games

This might be the thing you need.
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Thank you all, appreciate the information, links, and banter!
 
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Whist was extremely popular around this time as well.
 
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