April 7, 1988 |
Rob Neuber was counting the blessings of his computer baseball game - the speed, the statistical accuracy and, most of all, the convenience of so few moving parts - when he stopped in midsentence. "My Sporting News just got ripped in half," he said, his tone so calm that he must never find fault with his 1-year-old, Felicia. Before the children, Neuber was inseparable from his sports board games. But after noticing that dice, cards and charts were steadily disappearing from table tops during the last few years, he neatly made the switch to electronic baseball.
December 3, 1987 |
Maybe you don't play much Trivial Pursuit these days. It was the hot adult board game four years ago and was so hard to find in stores that, for a while, it was a status symbol for a host to pull it out at a party. But by now, your friends probably know what the largest city above the Arctic Circle is and how many No. 1 records Elvis had. But it was fun to have a half-dozen people shouting and laughing together, wasn't it? And it still is - so much so that sales of board games and table games are up 24 percent this year over last year, according to the Toy Manufacturers' Association in New York.
October 19, 1989 |
Playing Monopoly is one of those pastimes that cut across generations. Regardless of age, just about everyone shares memories of moving those odd tokens - the iron, the thimble, the boot - around the board, snatching up properties and trying to drive opponents into bankruptcy. Since Parker Bros. introduced the first edition in 1935, Monopoly has remained remarkably popular, just as it has remained virtually unchanged. Perhaps inevitably, however, the times have caught up with it. The game born of the New Deal has now entered the new age - computer Monopoly is here.
June 17, 2008 |
By day, Erik Arneson is a top legislative staffer, mulling over politics and policy. By night, he is an expert gamer for the online information source About.com, battling Imperial stormtroopers. He spends evenings, weekends and even vacations playing games and writing reviews and articles for the Web site. Not just any games, but the kind played on boards with dice. Arneson, 37, acknowledges that his dual roles sometimes earn him a "nerd" label. As chief policy director for Senate Republicans, Arneson works behind the scenes crafting legislation.
May 9, 1991 |
Two years ago, serious bridge players thought their beloved game was an endangered species. Caught up in the video-game, VCR, big-screen-TV, compact-disc boom, young adults, whose parents had played bridge, were not dealing themselves in. As a result, the average age of members of the American Contract Bridge League had crept up to 57, and one veteran bridge master, a man recovering from major heart surgery, solemnly proclaimed: "Bridge is...
August 11, 1998 |
Rutgers University professor H. Bruce Franklin had already finished the bulk of his research. He had written the text for his book on the myths about missing American soldiers in Vietnam. He had even sent the galley proofs back to his printer. But, just to make sure he hadn't overlooked anything, Franklin decided to spend half a day rummaging through a special collection at La Salle University's campus library. Soon after Franklin arrived, he realized he'd overlooked a lot. La Salle's unusual collection brings together 10,000 items - books, scripts, recordings, trinkets, even board games - that illustrate how myths and facts about the Vietnam War evolved into integral parts of America's culture and psyche.
February 3, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - In a noisy warehouse a mile from the Capitol, workers push sheets of steel through giant machines that turn the slices of metal into polished wheelbarrows. A new one rolls off the assembly line every six seconds. The Ames True Temper plant proudly calls itself the wheelbarrow capital of the world, a distinction claimed since 1876, when the original company, Jackson Manufacturing, began industrialized production of the implements. So workers there were dismayed to learn last month that the maker of Monopoly planned to retire one of the game's familiar tokens and Las Vegas oddsmakers predicted the silvery little wheelbarrow would lose the popularity contest.
February 2, 2015 |
We men, it seems, outgrow clothes, crushes, and candy, but rarely our toys. Recently, a 56-year-old in-law built a new home. Its most striking feature is the climate-controlled trophy room he added to showcase his Matchbox cars. Decades ago, a sports editor here, an otherwise sensible middle-aged man, used to gather weekly in the newsroom with like-minded journalists for spirited Strat-O-Matic battles. And I have Medicare-eligible friends who cherish and collect pinball machines, board games, baseball gloves.
December 13, 1990 |
Bored? This year, the answer may be boards. Board games. As in Monopoly and checkers. But we're talking about board games with a '90s (or, more often, an '80s) twist. "This is a very good year for board games," said Frank Reysen, editor of Playthings, the top magazine on the toy industry. "One theory is that, with the uncertainty about the economy, people are looking for less expensive means of social interaction. " Reysen's magazine annually surveys buyers for about 10,000 American toy stores to find out what toys and games are selling best.
December 17, 1991 |
Despite obvious competition from high-tech games like Nintendo, old- fashioned board games like Monopoly, Scrabble and Trivial Pursuit continue to sell well. Which is why, at this time of year, there are both new editions of those games - and new games seeking the same kind of success. Some 70 percent of all games are purchased between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Among new choices this year are: A version of Trivial Pursuit that asks questions about TV for couch potatoes who don't know about anything else.