For thousands of years, people have been planning attacks, captures, chases, and conquests - in short, they've been playing board games. Now, in the 'Oxford History of Board Games,' David Parlett investigates the myriad board games that have developed through the ages and around the world. Here are the origins and development of our favorite games, from the Egyptian and Asian ancestors of Chess, Checkers, and Backgammon, to the invention of such modern classics as Monopoly, Clue, and Scrabble. Parlett groups the games in different families and then provides a fascinating history of each family. Throughout the book, Parlett pays close attention to traditional games, the charming folk entertainments that have grown up through the centuries, and which exhibit endless local variations. Likewise, he devotes enthusiastic coverage to lesser-known and experimental games. Thus the book is no mere catalog of the familiar, but takes the reader into a world a games they have never known before.