Games have been a part of societies for as long as people have inhabited the earth. Archaeologists often find remnants of ancient game boards and accessories wherever they find evidence of early life. Highly valued because they help people by providing quality pastime for them, they also help to improve skills like dexterity and critical thinking. They can also foster cooperation and communication skills among people.
Popular pastimes like solitaire, tic-tac-toe, and Chinese checkers all feature glass marbles. These beautiful marbles are sometimes crafted from carefully hand-blown Venetian glass. Old school sets like domino and chess sets were at one time carved in ivory for the discerning game player. Today the materials used to make accessories for a game are more modern and ecologically more friendly, although many games are still a symbol of luxury.
One pastime created in the mid-nineteenth century is chess. This beautiful Staunton chess set is a high-quality reproduction of those early sets. Tournaments are held in the United States and internationally for players who have become extremely talented at the critical skills it takes to be a great player. A thoughtful gift of a chess set can be an inspiration to its recipient to become a highly-skilled player. Somewhere a child could even be inspired to take up this challenging and strategic game.
Chinese checkers have an exciting story behind them. They were created in Germany in 1892, and are meant to be a strategic game for two to six players. They are not played at all like traditional checkers and have no Asian or Chinese background. The name for them in 1928 was Hop Ching checkers, and later they became the game of Chinese checkers known and loved today.
A challenging domino game provides hours of entertainment for players. Today’s domino game is based on an Italian design created in the early eighteenth century. The game is an ancient one that has been around as early as the year 960, according to information gathered in early writing from that time.