Board Games

TVTA is pleased to present a selection of international board games as featured in magazines, comics and catalogues from the 1960s to present. I haven’t included Role Playing Games as there is a section for this here 

Some of my favourite games over the years, and indeed this Christmas, have been Stratego, Game of Life, Scrabble, Ludo, Operation, Mousetrap, Trivial Pursuit and Battleship. Do you have a favourite board game? Let me know in the comments.

As always thanks for looking 🙂


Canon Noir

Captain Scarlet




Game of Life







Trivial Pursuit

Miscellaneous board games

Miro-Meccano catalogue of games. 1979. France

Thank you for rolling sixes, missing your turn, passing GO, collecting 200 euros, moving forward three spaces and spinning again with us 🙂


Cluedo was originally called ‘Murder!’ and was developed and patented in the UK by Birmingham-born Anthony E Pratt who sold his game to Waddingtons. The game was officially launched in 1949 and rebranded by Waddingtons as ‘Cluedo’ (a portmanteau of the words clue and ludoludo being the Latin for I play).

In the US Cluedo was licensed by Parker Brothers and underwent a slight name change to ‘Clue’.

UK. Eagle. 1983.

UK. Eagle. 1983.

France. Pif Gadget. 1981.

France. Pif Gadget. 1981.

France. Pif Gadget. 1979.

France. Pif Gadget. 1979.

Cluedo. 1979 Miro-Meccano catalogue page.

Cluedo. 1979 Miro-Meccano catalogue page.

Cluedo Video, 1988, France.

France. Cora Christmas catalogue. 1988.

Ets De Neuter cataloguepage. 1995. France.

You can read more about the history of Cluedo at this great site dedicated to all things Cluedo 

RISK… an enduring boardgame, a talented inventor, and a life cut short by tragedy

Classic strategy game Risk was invented by French film director Albert Lamorisse under the French title La ConquĂȘte du Monde.

As a director, Lamorisse’s best known film is the classic Le Ballon rouge (The Red Balloon) which was released in 1956 and earned a Palme d’Or and an Oscar.

Lamorisse died at the age of 48 in a helicopter crash while he was filming the documentary Le Vent des amoureux (The Lovers’ Wind). The film was later completed by his son and widow, earning a posthumous Oscar nomination.

Risk remains a popular board game around the world and has been licensed for Lord of the Rings, Transformers, Star Wars and other popular themes, as well as transferring to various computer and video game formats such as Commodore 64, SEGA and Playstation.

US. The New Mutants. 1985.

US. The New Mutants. 1985.

Risk. 1979 Miro-Meccano catalogue page.

Risk. 1979 Miro-Meccano catalogue page.

France. Ets De Neuter catalogue. 1995.


The origins of Monopoly can be traced back to 1903 when American Elizabeth J. Magie Phillips designed a game called The Landlord’s Game. By 1935 her game was developed by Parker Brothers and became known by its present day name of Monopoly.

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.

Monopoly. 1979 Miro-Meccano catalogue page.

Monopoly. 1979 Miro-Meccano catalogue page.

Ets De Neuter. Catalogue page. 1995. France.