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Aggravation

Beginning in 1960, Aggravation managed to bring young and old together around the board for a classic marble race. Each player's task was to take...

Candy Land

Imagine that the Brothers Grimm invented a board game. Now take out the witches. Welcome to Candy Land. Eleanor Abbott was recovering from polio when...

Cluedo/Clue

The board game's inventor was a British law clerk named Anthony Pratt, who dreamt it up circa 1947, while walking his beat as a...

Mastermind

Nothing to do with the TV show of the same name, "Mastermind" was actually an infuriating puzzle game where you had to crack the...

Monopoly

Can anyone agree on a set of rules for playing Monopoly? The game of capitalist supremacy celebrated its 40th anniversary in 1975. Over 200 million games have...

Mousetrap

First released in 1963, this colourful, kooky trap was complex, but a set of blueprints on the game board made sure even the youngest...

Risk

Parker Brothers unveiled Risk in 1959. From the point of Argentina in South America to the tip of Kamchatka in northeast Asia, the world...

Scrabble

Scrabble was invented in 1938 by unemployed architect Alfred Mosher Butts. Butts created the game as a variation of another word game he had...

Snakes & Ladders

The game of Snakes and Ladders actually began as a game called Moksha-Patamu in ancient India, where it was used to teach Hindu children...

Sorry!

For those of us who have hurled board games into the air after a humiliating, teeth-clenching defeat, it's doubly embarrassing when Sorry! is the...

Stratego

Simpler than chess, quicker than a game of Risk, Milton Bradley's Stratego was the strategy board game that young generals-in-training were weaned on. Even after...

Tiddly Winks

Tiddlywinks originated in England during the late 1800’s. The name comes from "tiddly wink" which is English slang for an unlicensed pub. Tiddlywinks became...

Trivial Pursuit

The one with the cheeses . . . or wedges . . . or little pieces of pie. Call them what you will. Trivial...

Trouble

Kohner's game of Trouble was introduced in 1965, and back then, a wooden die came in the box. The players rolled the die and then...

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Weddings Parties Anything

Formed in Melbourne, Australia, in 1985, Weddings Parties Anything were a gritty folk-rock band with distinct Pogues leanings and a very strong Australian colloquial...

Norman Gunston Show, The

1 9 7 3 - 1 9 7 6 (Australia) Conceived by Aunty Jack Show writer Wendy Skelcher, the Little Aussie Bleeder, Norman Gunston, trooly rooly took on...

Electra Glide In Blue (1973)

Robert Blake (later to star in TV cop series Baretta) is John Wintergreen - a diminutive Vietnam vet motorcycle cop in a desert state whose...

Killing of Angel Street, The (1981)

  Residents of a row of terrace houses in Sydney, Australia, form an Action Group to fight a development company who want to buy the...

Michael Bentine’s Potty Time

1 9 7 3 - 1 9 8 0 (UK) 78 x 25 minute episodes Michael Bentine's Potty Time was (not unsurprisingly) created, written and voiced by Mr...

Fallen Hero

1 9 7 8 (UK) In Granada's Fallen Hero, Del Henney was a rugby player forced to quit the game through injury, and his marriage to Wanda...

Je T’Aime, Je T’Aime (1968)

Returning to the subjects of lapsing time and unreliable memory that had informed all his earlier features, Alain Resnais harnessed that old sci-fi standby,...