Archive for the 'Board Game Urban Legends Revealed' Category

Was Monopoly Once Ruled a Generic Term and Thus Not Protected by Trademark?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends related to board games and whether they are true or false. BOARD GAME URBAN LEGEND: Monopoly was once ruled a generic term and un-trademarkable. As noted in the last Board Game Urban Legend, Parker Brothers had a specific version of the history of [...]

Was Monopoly Invented as a Tool to Teach People the Evils of Capitalism?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends related to board games and whether they are true or false. BOARD GAME URBAN LEGEND: Monopoly was created by Charles Darrow. BOARD GAME URBAN LEGEND: The predecessor to Monopoly was created to demonstrate the teachings of Georgism. For years, it has been basically [...]

How Did Missing Scrabble Pieces Lead to the Creation of Trivial Pursuit?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends related to board games and whether they are true or false. BOARD GAME URBAN LEGEND: For lack of a Scrabble tile, Trivial Pursuit was born. Scott Abbott and Chris Haney were two 30-year-old Canadian journalists who were also good friends. They would routinely [...]

Did a Chess Player Once Die From Complications From Playing Chess Blindfolded?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends related to board games and whether they are true or false. BOARD GAME URBAN LEGEND: Harry Nelson Pillsbury died due to the ill effects of playing chess blindfolded. Harry Nelson Pillsbury was one of the most successful chess players of the late 19th/early [...]

How Did Abe Lincoln Growing a Beard Kick Start Milton Bradley’s Gaming Career?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends related to board games and whether they are true or false. BOARD GAME URBAN LEGEND: Milton Bradley got into board games because Abraham Lincoln grew a beard. Milton Bradley (1836-1911) was a Massachusetts draftsman who turned to lithography to make a living in [...]