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"the best game in 2,000 years"

In 1882 sixteen year old George Parker began to create a new board game called Chivalry with the intention that it should be easier to play than chess but more interesting than checkers. This idea proved to be a challenging one. Parker continued to develop the game for the next five years.

Chivalry was published by Parker Brothers proper in 1888. It won rave reviews from top chess and checkers players but "the best game in 2,000 years" (as Parker Brothers claimed it to be) didn't catch on with the public as expected.

Nevertheless George Parker believed in the game and continued to refine it eventually reducing its size. This proved to be a key innovation. In 1930 a streamlined version of Chivalry was reissued. Newly christened Camelot, it was endorsed by the likes of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy and became one of Parker Brothers most popular games.

At least fifty versions of Camelot have been released down through the years. Many variations of the game have been produced as well, including tournament editions and larger three and four player versions. The most popular variant was the further slimmed and trimmed Cam released in 1949.

Cam features lively and surprising "jump and capture" play. It's easy to pick up and sessions are brisk. Cam will become an instant favorite. Note: If you want to play a heftier version, be sure to check out Camelot [www.thegamecrafter.com].

World Camelot Federation Official Rules of Camelot
© 1999-2012 Michael Wortley Nolan
Used by Permission

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Cool Factors

  • Great pick-up game
  • Lively gameplay
  • Easier than chess & more fun than checkers


DesignerLet's Play Games
Average Rating (1)
Publish DateDecember 19, 2011
DepartmentBoard Games
Primary MechanicStrategy
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