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12 Classic Games That Are Older Than You Think

One still very popular board game has been around since before the Civil War.

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6. Candy Land (1949)

Eleanor Abbott designed this classic childhood game in 1945, while she was recovering from polio. But, the game didn’t go into production until 1949, after Milton Bradley bought the rights.

8. Scrabble (1938)


In order to determine the number and scores of the tiles in the game, it’s designer, Alfred Butts, analyzed the frequency of letters in words from various sources, including The New York Times.


12. The Game of Life (1860)


Originally called The Checkered Game of Life, it was America's first popular parlor game.

In 1960, to mark it's 100th anniversary, the game was updated and the modern version we know today was introduced.