POP QUIZ: REMEMBER FAMILY ARGUMENT NIGHT? (answers)
And a spot in the winners circle goes to Todd J this week, with a respectable 7/10. Todd, you get a round of applause, and a get out of jail free card.
1) In the classic version of RISK, Scandanavia, Great Britain and Greenland are the only three territotries capable of direct attack on which other territory?
2) How many dice are used in the standard version of the game Diplomacy?
3) What is the name of the victim in the boardgame Clue?
4) What is the name of the patient in the boardgame Operation?
5) What boardgame used a ‘pop-o-matic’ plastic bubble to roll the die?
6) The questions in which classic trivia game (also a regular newspaper column) were divided into three levels of difficulty, ‘Freshman’, ‘Graduate’ and ‘Ph.D’?
7) What are the proper names of the five commodities (yes all five!) in the original ‘Settlers Of Catan’? Proper names.
8) What is the current, popular name of the game originally invented in 1903 by Lizzie Magie as a tool for teaching Georgist economic philosophy?
9) What low-budget game company encourages you to use dice, tokens and other equipment from other boardgames when playing their games, such as “Killing Doctor Lucky” and “Unexploded Cow”?
10) In the original stage-play “The Odd Couple”, the boys gather to play poker. What boardgame is played by the girls in the female version of the play?
3) MR BODDY (accept DR BLACK for UK)
4) CAVITY SAM
6) ISAAC ASIMOV’S SUPER QUIZ
7) BRICK, LUMBER, WOOL, GRAIN, ORE
9) CHEAPASS GAMES
10) TRIVIAL PURSUIT
The invention of Monopoly was a big question for a long time. Magie’s original game was called “The Landlord’s Game” and went through several variations and several patents before being more-or-less stolen by others and marketed under different names. For years Parker Brothers, who own the rights to Monopoly now, insisted that the game had been entirely invented by a man named Charles Darrow in 1934. In fact, Darrow had learned it from his wife, who learned from a man named Charles Todd, who learned it from the Raifords, who learned it from Ruth Hoskins, who… look, there are like twenty people between Darrow and Magie. But all the same, Darrow made millions from Monopoly, and Elizabeth Magie died before the true origin of the game became known.
It was pointed out to me by more than one person that “Cavity Sam” is only a nickname in the game of Operation. I guess we never found his proper surname. FUN FACT: John Spinello, inventor of “Operation”, found himself unable to pay for his own necessary surgery in 2014, and fans of the game crowdfunded it for him. No word on if his nose lit up at any point.