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Games for under the Christmas tree in 1981

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It's all fun and games for the hosts of Take 30 on this pre-Christmas show in 1981. Harry Brown and Hana Gartner have invited Allan Gould to help them rate board games including Trivial Pursuit, The Game of Life, and Emperor of China, and new electronic games such as the Children's Discovery System by Mattel and Speak and Spell (in French). They rate the games by cost, and whether or not the family will still want to play them when the Christmas wrapping is all gone. The simple spelling/dice game of Boggle rates highly, as does a fairly young board game which has gone electronic: Dungeons and Dragons will be around for "a long, long time," predicts host Harry Brown.  

Medium: Television
Program: Take 30
Hosts: Hana Gartner, Harry Brown
Guest: Allan Gould
Date of Broadcast: December 10, 1981
Duration: 17:55

Did You know?


• According to the the website BoardGameGeek, The Game of Life was first published in 1960; Boggle came out in 1972, as did Emperor of China. Trivial Pursuit, which was invented by two Canadians, was new in 1981 and went on to become a blockbuster, selling 15 million copies in 1984 alone.


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