The Ludologic Time Scale

The Ludologic Time Scale is a list of important games throughout the years. These games represent milestones in the history of tabletop gaming. The titles listed here are somewhat arbitrary and can certainly be debated. Many are classics, and most are excellent games. Many are on the list because of the influence they had on games that followed.

 Ancient
 19th/20th Century
 Modern
  Year Title
-3500 Mancala
-3500 Senet
-3000 Backgammon
-2600 The Royal Game of Ur
-2200 Go
-2000 Hounds and Jackals
-1440 Nine Men’s Morris
-200 Vaikuntapaali / Leela (Snakes and Ladders)
400 Chaupat / Parcheesi
400 Tafl
650 Chaturanga
1150 Checkers / Draughts
1475 Chess
1810 Poker
1850 Mahjong
1876 Crokinole
1883 Reversi / Othello
1893 Chinese Checkers
1894 The Mansion of Happiness
1903 Pit
1903 The Landlord’s Game
1904 500
1909 Gin Rummy
1925 Bridge
1929 Sorry!
1930 Oh Hell!
1931 Battleship
1933 Monopoly
1947 Stratego
1948 Scrabble
1949 Clue
1955 Careers
1956 Yahtzee
1958 Tactics II
1959 Diplomacy
1959 Risk
1960 The Game of Life
1964 Acquire
1965 Nuclear War
1966 Twister
1971 Mastermind
1971 Uno
1972 Boggle
1973 Hare & Tortoise
1974 1829
1974 Connect Four
1974 Crude: The Oil Game
1974 Dungeons & Dragons
1975 Cosmic Wimpout
1975 Stellar Conquest
1977 Cosmic Encounter
1980 Civilization
1981 Axis and Allies
1981 Trivial Pursuit
1982 Sequence
1985 Pictionary
1992 Modern Art
1993 Magic: The Gathering
1995 El Grande
1995 The Settlers of Catan
1997 Tigris & Euphrates
1997 Twilight Imperium
1999 Apples to Apples
1999 Ra
1999 Tikal
2000 Carcassonne
2000 Lord of the Rings
2001 Funkenschlag
2002 Age of Steam
2002 Puerto Rico
2004 Memoir ’44
2004 Ticket to Ride
2005 Caylus
2005 Twilight Struggle
2006 Through the Ages
2007 Agricola
2007 Brass: Lancashire
2007 Galaxy Trucker
2007 Race for the Galaxy
2008 Dixit
2008 Dominion
2008 Le Havre
2008 Pandemic
2009 Cards Against Humanity
2009 Small World
2010 7 Wonders
2010 Dominant Species
2011 Risk Legacy
2011 Eclipse
2011 Mansions of Madness
2012 Love Letter
2012 Terra Mystica
2013 Viticulture
2014 Patchwork
2014 Splendor
2015 Pandemic Legacy: Season 1
2015 Codenames
2016 Santorini
2017 Gloomhaven

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