This grandfather of board games falls in the oldest categories of board games to have ever existed. Consisting of two players the games asks for you remove all your pieces from the board before your opponent in order to win the game. Archaeologists in Egypt have found the oldest Backgammon board till date and it still looks inviting enough to play on.
Three Men’s Morris
More popularly known as ‘Tic Tac Toe’ or ‘Noughts & Crosses’ this game has seen the last pages of a school going kid more than any other game. Easy to play and highly entertaining, it is played in a grid of nine. You need to mark three rows with the same piece to win.
Almost all kids have grown up playing this ancient game and must have collected jars of marbles to prove the same. Be it Egyptians, Greeks or Romans this game was played everywhere. Rules are such that you have to shoot marbles at a bunch of other marbles set in a circle, to move them out of the circle.
Ringing the Bull
Although to enjoy the traditional game you need to visit the Murrel Arms in West Sussex, many pubs these days also indulge their customers by putting up a metal hook instead of a horn. In the traditional game, players are supposed to throw a ring on to the horn of the bull which would be put up on the wall.
Just like cards, there are various ways of playing with this rectangular white tiles that have been nicknamed ‘bones’ often. It is difficult to say when in history the game started being played but it is known that the modern Dominoes descended from Chinese version around the 11th Century.
Earning a name for itself only well within the 20th Century, Pitch Penny is played when when you spot a hole somewhere in around you and begin to throw pennies in it. Another version of the game is Toad in the Hole which had a special box or something to throw the money in. This one originated in East Sussex.
First played in the 14th Century, it was played on the grounds and only later took to the tables. The billiard balls are struck with the cue stick which move around the table. This billiards table is covered in cloth and bound by rubber cushions.
With Egyptian origins Draughts asks of its player to get to its opponent’s side of the boards by winning over his or her pieces
Skittles is actually the original ‘Bowling’ as we know it. Still loved by all it fares well in pubs. To play the traditional kind of skittles head to the Frog and Wicker in Eversley.
Not a familiar name now, this is a game from the 18th and 19th centuries. Player has to throw as many balls as he can to the other end of the table to win.