When we think of “old games” various thoughts can come to mind. Perhaps you will recall the childhood games you used to play with your friends, such as tag or “hide or seek”. Others might recall some special sports games or tournaments that were played years ago. In this article we will be focusing on the classic board and card games, providing a bit of a history and background to these games, and mentioning a few of the classics.Board games (games that are played on a game board of some sort) are amongst the oldest of games. The first known game in this category was the Egyptian game of Senet, which existed around 3500 B.C. As time went on, the concept of the board game worked its way into Europe, and the various cultures embraced various board games. In today’s world, with the advent of modern advertising, there are a large number of board games available for family fun. The latest rendition of these board games is “online play”, where you can basically play the same game, but on a computer, often with someone on the other side of the world.Strategy board games are a type of board games that that involves not just mere luck, but a considerable amount of strategy to win. Games such as checkers and chess fall into this category. Luck board games such as Sorry, and Chutes and Ladders, require only a good “roll of the dice”, and almost no strategy. Most games, such as Monopoly or Risk, require a bit of both. Having said this, if you never get a break with that “roll of the dice”, if you need to incorporate strategy, any good strategy you may have goes out the window.Classic board games are those games that have stood the test of time. They were not just invented yesterday, but have stood the “test of time”. They were popular generations ago, and still hold this popularity today. Two such examples of this type of game are Risk and Battleship. They have evolved a bit over the years (such as the incorporation of the online format), but the games still revolve around the same basic strategy and game play. Other examples of games in this category are: Life, Clue, Monopoly, and Sorry.People have been playing “old games” with cards for centuries. While the exact origin of a deck of cards is not known, it is very likely that they were invented by the Chinese around the time that they started shuffling paper money around. This would be between the 7th and 10th centuries A.D.Around the 15th century we see the format of the English playing cards appear on the scene. We have documentation that in an Act of Parliament, domestic card players were complaining about the importation of foreign cards into the market, thereby cutting their profits.Playing cards were originally created and painted by hand, which was a very time and labor intensive process. As a result, they were very expensive to purchase and own, and this limited the number of people who could play card games as a result. Popular old card games include: hearts, bridge, poker, and rummy.If you would like more information on the history of “old games”, and more detailed examples on the “game play”, check out the blog at: www.WonderfulOldGames.com.