It must have been a devastating blow. Charles Darrow was jobless. However, he had an idea. In fact, he had a board game. He enjoyed the board game and felt it was his ticket to financial success and from the desperation of the depression. Darrow had taken his game to the famed Parker Brothers game company to release and help him market.
The Parker Brothers had agreed to take a look at the board game for Darrow. They weren’t impressed. Founded in 1883, by 16-year-old George Parker, the game publishing firm was producing and selling games and puzzles for 51 years. During that time they’d seen success and failure. Parker Brothers understood the game business. They knew what worked and what did not. They understood what sold and what did not. Representatives of this giant game business found 59 reasons why they didn’t believe Darrow’s game could succeed.
Charles Darrow simply did not agree. He believed. He chose to print Monopoly himself and promote it through department stores. He had 5,000 copies of the board game published.
Hope was rare during that unpleasant Christmas of 1934. Nearly all 5,000 copies of the board game offered. It was the most popular game in the united states by 1936.
Monopoly is now published in 89 languages and more than 200 million copies of the board game have been sold. Over 500 million people have played the sport. In addition, it has been adapted as a digital game. Monopoly is firmly entrenched as the most popular board game of all time.
Monopoly is a relative upstart in contrast to other popular board games.
The earliest known board game is known as”The Royal Game of Ur” or the”Game of 20 Squares”. This game was discovered at a 4,500-year-old tomb in southern Iraq. This game has been played throughout the Middle East for perhaps 1,000 years or longer. In actuality, the rules of this game have been observed in cuneiform tablets. Game aficionados can play this ancient game yet now, though it has long ago faded from popularity.
Possibly the oldest board game still popular now is chess, which first appeared in India from the sixth century A.D. From the year 1,000 it had been played throughout the Middle East and in Europe. They could hardly have dreamed, however, of the world class chess game play or the digital versions of this game we enjoy now.
Another very old, yet exceptionally popular board game is checkers, also known as draughts. A kind of checkers has been played by the Egyptian Pharaohs as early as 1600 B.C.. Four hundred years after the rules involving catch were added, producing essentially the exact same game we play now.
There’s just no way to tell how many copies of chess or checkers are sold or how many individuals have played these games. If the numbers have been known, they would need to be really staggering.
The majority of these games have been developed throughout the 20th century and are still big sellers and tremendously popular.
The majority of them involve particular strategies of play. When these approaches are used successfully, the games are fun, challenging and intensely rewarding as players try to capture parts of the board or every other. Another common element in most of those board games is chance, or fortune. The element of opportunity opens up possibilities for much more strategies of play. A final important trait of these games is that in one way or another they reflect the course of life. They instruct competition and sportsmanship. They teach approach and the lesson of not giving up.
Perhaps that’s why Charles Darrow was attracted to Monopoly. He considered that success comes by employing sound strategies to after a dream and never giving up. We’re glad that Darrow did not quit. We’re glad he did not throw the board game with 59 items wrong in the garbage bin as he left the Parker Brothers plant in 1934.