The history tag explores variation editions of changes to a board game. It also is used for looking into the past events that lead up to a game in some way.

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History of board games

Is there a good book about the history of board games? Preferably the book would cover all the way from the ancient games to the newest fads in the market.
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What exactly was so broken about Urza's Block?

I've often heard it said that the Urza Block (Urza's Saga, Urza's Journey, Urza's Destiny) was the most powerful, broken block in Magic history, with decks able to win on turn 1 or 2. I also saw it ...
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Is there an equivalent of Deep Blue in the Go world?

Deep Blue was a chess-playing computer developed by IBM. On May 11, 1997, the machine won a six-game match by two wins to one with three draws against world champion Garry Kasparov. Kasparov accused ...
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What's the etymology for the term “Bingo” in Scrabble?

Using all 7 tiles nets a Scrabble player a 50-point bonus and is sometimes referred to as a "Bingo". I'm curious: how did that term come into use and why does it have such meaning?
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First modern Naughts and Crosses/Tic Tac Toe?

When was Naughts and Crosses first released in its current form? I see there were Egyptian and the Roman versions, but these are very different games.
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What form of chess was played in seventh-century Arabia?

In Islam, there are a number of reports (of variable grades of authenticity) that the prophet Muhammad either forbade or explicitly disliked the playing of chess. As is known, he was centered in what ...
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Where did the “can't build next to the robber” house rule come from?

Several people I've met play Settlers of Catan with the house rule "you may not build anything that isn't a knight next to the robber". As far as I can see, it's not in the rule book. To clarify: ...
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How Has The Fluxx Core Game Changed Over The Years?

While researching Fluxx for a different question, I came across this chronology for editions of the game in Wikipedia: Fluxx 2.0 (new card layout, use of color, bridge-sized cards) Fluxx 2.1 ...
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Do you have to play a (replaced) joker immediately with 2 tiles from your hand?

I don't have the paper rules here as a reference, but I grew up playing Rummikub with the rule that, if you replaced a joker on the table you must immediately replay the joker in a run or set with at ...
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What was the largest flop in board game history?

The history of videogames is full of games that failed to turn a profit. There are also a handful of games that are maligned by critics, and are regarded as flops. E.T. and Pacman are arguably some of ...
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Know any games designed for old game systems like Orion or Sly

Recent game systems like piecepack, Decktet, or Stonehenge have tons of games to try, but older game systems like Sly and Orion only seem to have the official rules (PDF) that came with them. ...
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Why do some board games have long-lasting appeal?

Often, one plays a computer game through once and then is done with it. "Replay-ability" is something that is a great plus with a game, but not every successful one has it. But with board games, being ...
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How is Hnefatafl related to Chess and Go?

What is the history of Hnefatafl in relation to Chess and/or Go? Which was developed first and what if anything influenced the development of Hnefatafl?
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Traditional 1-stone handicap before komi

In "traditional" handicap, when there is a ranking difference of 1, black plays first and there is no komi (Sensei's Library uses this term). But if you play without komi anyway, this is no handicap. ...
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What rules changes have there been in Uno?

A previous question revealed that there has been at least one (albeit minor) rules change for Uno recently. This makes me curious to know if there have been any other changes to the rules over the ...
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When was the Lord Licorice character added to Candy Land?

I recently played a brand new copy of Candy Land with my son and noticed a character named Lord Licorice, who I don't remember from playing the game when I was a child. The Candy Land Wikipedia ...
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Is there a traditional card game with similar rules to “Lost Cities”?

It's often pointed out that the excellent Reiner Knizia card game, Lost Cities, could be played with a standard deck of cards if there were one extra suit. Thinking about the simplicity and elegance ...
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Source for significant historical events

I'm designing a game that involves identifying historical events, and I'm looking for an online source that I can use to generate a set of event cards. For my prototype, I'm using a copy of the game ...
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Origin of Puppet Stayman

There are many variations, but I presume there was an initial original version of puppet stayman. Does anyone know who came up with it, and why it is named as such? (A google search has been ...