What Does Your Oldest Board Game Look Like? - Atlas Obscura

What Does Your Oldest Board Game Look Like?

That forgotten game hidden in the back of your closet is also a time capsule.

Monopoly pieces always seem like the first things to get lost.
Monopoly pieces always seem like the first things to get lost. Paul O’Keefe/CC BY 2.0

In addition to being a lot of fun, board games can end up becoming terrific time capsules, since people tend to hang on to them for years, or even generations. Picture that old version of Monopoly that your family played so often, half the pieces have been replaced with random bits and bobs. Or that bizarre game you inherited from your parents that you don’t really intend on playing, but you still can’t bear to throw away. Over time, old games like these, with their stained boards and lost pieces, tell a story about the people who’ve played them.

We want to collect the personal stories behind amazing old board games, and we need your help to do it! Is your oldest game missing crucial pieces? Do you have specific memories about playing it? Strange, arbitrary house rules? Tell us about the oldest board game in your collection via the form below, and email a picture or two to eric@atlasobscura.com. We’ll share our favorite responses in an upcoming article.

We can’t wait to see what you’ve got in your closets, and remember, no cheating.