Pictionary

Now draw… Pictionary!!

  • Pictionary is a drawing game that involves guessing a word or phrase while a representation of the word is quickly drawn.
  • Pictionary was invented by Robert Angel, a waiter at the time, and designed by Gary Everson.
  • Prior to Pictionary being published, Robert Angel would randomly choose a word from the dictionary and draw the word for party goers to guess.
  • A dice is used in Pictionary to determine what square your team lands on, and the word your team has to draw and guess.  Generally the game is played with two people in each team.
  • Robert Angel originally self published Pictionary under the banner of Angel Games Inc., in 1985.

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  • Pictionary words are typically sorted into five different categories, with five words, one in each category, on each card.  The categories are person, place, animal; object; action, difficult, and all play.
  • In Pictionary, a one minute timer of sand is generally used during the drawing and guessing process.
  • Pictionary drawings can not include letters, numbers or symbols.
  • In Pictionary, some of the hardest words to draw are verbs.
  • A video game based on Pictionary was released in 1990.
Bibliography:
Pictionary 22 January 2013 , Wikipedia, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pictionary>
Pictionary Word Generator n.d., Word Generator,  <http://www.wordgenerator.net/pictionary-word-generator.php>

Jigsaw Puzzle

Get your brain whirring…

  • The jigsaw puzzle concept originated in the 1760s when European map makers glued maps on wood and cut them up into pieces.
  • Originally designed for children and educational purposes, jigsaw puzzles for adults didn’t appear until the 1900s.
  • Jigsaw puzzles originally weren’t interlocking, and the first interlocking jigsaw puzzle pieces were first produced in 1909.
  • Wooden jigsaw puzzles originally were cut individually, piece by piece, until presses and die cuts were used.
  • Jigsaw puzzles get there names by the original tool that was used to cut up the puzzle’s pieces, the jigsaw.

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  • Typically, modern jigsaw puzzles are enlarged versions of photographs or paintings glued onto cardboard.
  • Jigsaw puzzles typically are 300, 500,750 or 1000 pieces.
  • In 2011, the largest commercial jigsaw puzzle was produced and contained 32,256 pieces and measured 544 cm by 192 cm.
  • In the 1990s, the production of foam or wood three dimensional puzzles began, and have become quite popular.
  • Doing jigsaw puzzles regularly is said to help prevent Alezheimers, and also benefits the brain in other areas.
Bibliography:
Jigsaw Puzzle 14 January 2013, Wikipedia, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jigsaw_puzzle>
Williams, A n.d., Jigsaw Puzzles – A Brief History, MGC Puzzles, <http://www.mgcpuzzles.com/mgcpuzzles/puzzle_history/>

Cluedo

‘The Great Detective Game,’ Cluedo’s slogan.

  • Cluedo is a board game that requires the use of reasoning and logic skills and has a murder and mystery theme.
  • Cluedo was designed by Anthony Pratt, a successful musician, who thought of the game during World War II.
  • The game was first made in 1949 by Waddingtons who changed the name from ‘Murder’ (which the Pratt’s had called it) to ‘Cluedo’.
  • In North America, Cluedo is known as Clue and some of the character’s names are changed.
  • Cluedo was first designed to have 11 rooms, 10 characters and 9 weapons instead of the typical 9 rooms, 6 characters and six weapons.

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  • Elva Pratt, Anthony’s wife, designed the original artwork for the Cluedo board.
  • ‘Cluedo’ is a combination of the word ‘clue’ and ‘ludo’, ‘ludo’ being Latin for ‘play’.
  • Although Cluedo was initially designed as a game, it has been turned into films, books and other types of media.
  • The murder victim of Cluedo is Dr Black, or Mr Boddy.
  • The typical weapons of Cluedo are the candlestick, dagger, revolver, lead pipe, wrench and the rope, however, Pratt’s original game included an axe, bomb, syringe and poison as well as some other interesting weapons.
Bibliography:
Cluedo 24 January 2013, Wikipedia, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cluedo>

Geocaching

Geocaching… a worldwide treasure hunt.

  • Geocaching is when you navigate to a particular location using a GPS to find a box or container called a geocache, hidden at a particular set of coordinates.
  • Geocaches are found all over the world and are generally placed in interesting locations by people who love to geocache.
  • The game of geocaching is free to play and the basic rules of geocaching are:  if you take something out of a geocache, put something in; sign the logbook of the geocache; and log your caching experience at the official Geocaching website.
  • The word ‘geocache’ comes from the prefix ‘geo-‘, meaning Earth, and the french word ‘cache’ meaning hidden location and was first used by Matt Stum on 30th May 2000.
  • The sport of geocaching was created by Dave Ulmer on May the 3rd, 2000 due to new GPS technology that had become available the day before.

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  • There are over a dozen categories of geocaches including Traditional Caches, Multi-Caches, Mystery Caches, Letterbox Hybrids, Wherigo™ Caches, Event Caches, Mega-Event Caches, CITO Event Caches and EarthCaches™.
  • There are approximately 2 million current caches worldwide and over 5 million geocachers.
  • The sizes of geocache containers range from as little as 5ml to more than 20 litres and can take the shape of a lunch box container to a fake rock to a teeny tiny box.  They contain a logbook or log sheet, and sometimes small swaps, like coins, toys and stickers.
  • Non-collectible items can be found in geocaches. These are called travel bugs and geocoins and are trackable via the geoacaching website, and are moved from cache to cache by geocachers.
  • Jeremy Irish, an enthusiastic cacher, created the geocaching.com site which became the official website for geocaching on September the 2nd, 2000.
Bibliography:
Geocaching 101 2013, Geocaching, <http://www.geocaching.com/>

Monopoly

The Parker Brothers Real Estate Trading Game

  • Monopoly is the best selling, most popular game today, and was first produced in America.
  • Monopoly was invented by Charles B Darrow and was accepted by the Parker Brothers in 1935, 31 August.
  • At first, the Parker Brothers didn’t accept the game of Monopoly, because it took too long to play and was too complicated.
  • According to a computer probability analysis, the square that is most landed on in Monopoly is ‘Trafalgar Square’, and the square ‘Go!’ is second most likely.
  • There are more than 2000 versions of Monopoly, the original being the classic American game, and the classic British game produced soon after.
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  • The world’s most expensive Monopoly game set is worth 2 million Australian dollars.
  • Monopoly has been sold in 111 different countries and in 43 languages.
  • The longest Monopoly game took 70 days to complete.
  • Monopoly was used by the British Secret Service in World War II for smuggling purposes.
  • In 1978, an entirely edible edition made of chocolate was made and sold, and retailed for $600.
Bibliography:
About Monopoly 2012, Hasbro Gaming, <http://www.hasbro.com/monopoly/en_AU/discover/about.cfm>
Harrison, I 2004, The Book of Inventions, Cassell Illustrated, Great Britian
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