Charles Darrow, an American engineer, invented his own "Monopoly" in the midst of the Great Depression. In 1933, after his idea of a board game was criticized by designers, he didn’t give up and began to prepare home-made copies. In one of the stores of Philadelphia, Charles managed to sell five thousand "monopoly".
Seeing that the engineer in the invention enjoys unprecedented success, designers and managers of «ParkerBrothers» met Charles’s needs: they signed a contract for the game. A year later, "Monopoly" was the best-selling board game in the United States. Since then, more than 250 million copies of "Monopoly" were released.
The idea of this game came up to unemployed American architect Alfred Butts. In 1938, Butts, studying the frequency of the use of letters of “TheNewYorkTimes” editorials, assigned a certain number of points to each letter and release the game called “Criss-Crosswords”, which, in general, not much different from the modern “Scrabble.”
The irony is that after a few years Bruno sold the rights to manufacture the game at the high price to the manufacturer, who in his time repeatedly refused Alfred Butts. Now «Scrabble» has crossed the mark of one hundred million sold copies.
One of the favorite games of youth came up with three brutal men: Charles Foley, Neil Reynolds and Reyn Guyer. Men have long argued: Gaer insisted that the game requires dice, Foley and Reyn were convinced that the game need a tape measure, which would determine where to put any part of the body. Gaer, CEO, sent Foley to the company-buyer with a prototype of the game, which contained the dice. Stubborn Foley thrown bones on the road, and instead it pushed inside the game roulette that has become "branded."
The furor has happened May 3, 1966: the famous show host Johnny Carson invited the sex symbol of the era - the actress Eva Gabor - to play «Twister». Viewers appreciated the benefits of the game, and of Eva Gabor, immediately began to buy «Twister». In the first year more than 3 million boxes were sold.
The word "Jenga" is, by and large, not even a word, but only a part of it. In language of Swahili people there is a word «kujenga», which means "to build." However, in the game itself it is more important not to build something, but at least not to break.
In the family of Leslie Scott when she was still very young, came up with a game - lined tower of cubes, and then got out cube by cube. When Lessli grew up she decided to make from a home entertainment a board game that would be played around the world. Thus, in the early '80s Lessli - Briton, who grew up in East Africa - launched a game called "Jenga" and established her own company.
"Munchkin" is a trend, in contrast to all the previous ones of the XXI century. In a series of games "Munchkin" there are already more than a dozen games, but they are all invented by one person - Steve Jackson. They are illustrated, incidentally, also by one person - John Kovalich. The game itself was designed mostly to get laughed at RPG lovers. But if such a talented person like Steve Jackson gets down the business, instead of the parody he gets the game that gains new fans year after year.