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Checkered Game of Life

Checkered Game of Life, 1866 edition, Milton BradleyBy Bruce Whitehill

Based on a talk given by the author at the 2010 Board Game Studies Colloquium in Paris.

The United States in 1860. Immigration from Europe continued, following the emigration of more than 1.3 million people from England and, especially, Ireland over the previous decade. Life expectancy at birth in the U.S. was less than 44 years, though a man in his 20s could be expected to live, on average, to 60. There were 33 states.Bruce Whitehill - Checkered Game of Life, BGS 2010, Paris - 01 The population was over 31 million, 4 million of whom were slaves. The country was divided between the slave owners in the Confederate states of the South and the abolitionists—those against slavery—in the Union states of the North. The move from farmland to cities continued, as did the westward migration, even though the Gold Rush in California had ended in 1855. The elevator and the burglar alarm had just been invented and the new Western Union was exploiting a recent invention, the telegraph.Mansion of Happiness board (Ives 1843) detail Increased industrialization led to more leisure time and to improvements in the welfare of children; children were allowed more time for play, once the schooling and the chores were done. The Northeast—or, more exactly, New York, Pennsylvania and New England—was the industrial center of the country.

In the heart of this area, Springfield, Massachusetts, one man, Milton Bradley, a draughtsman in his early 20s, decided to embark on a business that would not only alter his life, but change the impact that games had on society for educational and recreational activities in the United States and Europe.

The American games industry began as an industry in 1843 with the games of two brothers, William and Stephen B. Ives. Following the style of the Game of Goose, invented in the 1500s in Italy, and keeping with the morality of the time, the two men created a simple path game, The Mansion of Happiness, similar to its English counterpart, in which virtue was rewarded and vice punished.

The Mansion of Happiness, Ives, 1843

There had been games invented and manufactured in the U.S. before then, but very few; meanwhile, Ives began producing many other games, predominantly card games, in the 1840s and early ‘50s.

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The Game of Life

by cheaande

Online version of children's classic features new twist.
The online version of a popular board game from many Americans' childhood includes an option for players to choose homosexual marriage and child-rearing as a way of life.
Through the Shockwave.com website, even children can download and play a free trial version of The Game of Life, the first game ever created by Mr. Milton Bradley in 1860.
The player's first option in the online version is to choose a persona based on pictures that clearly depict men and women. Shortly thereafter, the game invites players to choose a spouse, regardless of the potential spouse's sex.
One concerned mother wrote to WND about her experience with downloading the game to play with her daughter.
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Time to play the game of life

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The time clock of man has begun and the board (aka the earth) and the rules(aka laws of God) are set and we as players have no choice but to run it's course until every individual is tried, tested and put to the proof thru choice to reveal whether they will accept God's offer of salvation and receive the faith that allows them to walk in the light or reject it and continue to stumble in the darkness.

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