Aggravation is a board game with a long history. Its origins go back to a game called Pachisi that that was invented in India around the 4th century AD. It was originally played on a cloth board shaped like a cross.
When Pachisi found its way to North America in the 1860s, it was marketed as Parcheesi. At this point in the game’s history, the story gets interesting.
The “official” version of the development of the original Aggravation game is that it was first produced in 1962 by CO-5. However, several people have come forward with claims that a relative of theirs was the true inventor of the game of Aggravation.
Whoever the true inventor was, we’d like to thank them. There is no controversy whatsoever about the fun and excitement of a rousing game of Aggravation!
Variations of the Game
We may not know for sure who developed the original North American version of Aggravation, but we do know that there have been many versions of the game over the years.
These versions have included Wahoo and Ludo, among others. Even our modern games of Sorry and Trouble are based on the game of Aggravation/Parcheesi/Pachisi.
There is also a variation of Aggravation that is played with playing cards rather than dice. We’ve heard this called Marble Wars, Carble, and Fast Track. We’ve posted rules of play for the playing-card version of Aggravation here .
According to Wikipedia, there is even a group called the Unicorn Club that plays “live” Aggravation tournaments, where actual players in color-coded tee shirts are the “marbles.” The game is played on a course that’s laid out on an outdoor field. Team leaders roll the die and make decisions from the sidelines.
Sounds like fun to us! If you or someone you knows participates in these tournaments, please let us know in the comments or with our contact form. We would love do a story about it!
Object of the Game
Aggravation is a classic “cross and circle” game where players move their marbles from a starting base to a home base. Each player has four marbles of a single color. Moves are made according to the roll of a single die.
With our double-sided boards, groups of 4 to 6, or 6 to 8 can play (depending on the board purchased).
The object of the game is to move all of a player’s marbles from his or her starting base to the safety of that player’s home. If a player lands on the same spot as another player’s marble, that player is “aggravated” and must return to its base to start over.
The game is made more interesting by the use of shortcuts and a super shortcut that allow players to move more quickly around the board with the correct role of the die.
The first player to move all of his or her marbles from base to home is the winner.
Great Family Fun, Heirloom Quality
However your family chooses to play, we craft boards that become family heirlooms. All of our boards are handcrafted, hand-painted, and beautifully finished.
At Cam’s Custom Game Boards, we design our boards to last not for a lifetime, but for generations.
We offer several design options and wood choices. You can choose a single-sided board for 4, 6, or 8 players. Or maybe you’d prefer a double-sided board with 4 or 6 players on one side, and 6 or 8 players on the other.
We also offer a single-sided board on a lazy Susan base. Customers who purchase our 8-player boards love this option for ease of play with a large group, but it’s available for all of our single-sided boards.
Our Aggravation boards have been providing fun and laughter (and yes, aggravation!) to gatherings of our own family and friends for over 40 years.
Come join the fun and let us build one for yours!
PS….Do you have hard-to-buy-for people on your holiday gift list? Our Aggravation game boards make great gifts that bring families and friends together throughout the year. Choose your heirloom Aggravation game boards today!