The inventor of Clue, the board game, was a musician who thought of the idea while watching rich folk play murder parlor games at their mansions while he entertained them, playing piano

The Origins of Clue, The Board Game

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Happy first Friday of February! Last weekend I watched Clue, the 1985 Whodunit based on the classic board game. It holds up for the most part 30+ years later, plus it’s responsible for one of top all time gifs out there:

Anyway, after watching, I started wondering more about the board game (which is just an all time, great board game. Top 5, I’d say). How did it come to be – who made it? What sparked the idea? Did the creator become a millionaire?

Well, lucky for you, I did the internet rabbit hole research. Who did it? With What? And WHERE? Let’s find out.

It’s not what you know it’s…which mansions you’ve been to?

In the 1930s and early 1940s, a British musician named Anthony Pratt played gigs at country … Continue Reading (3 minute read)

15 thoughts on “The inventor of Clue, the board game, was a musician who thought of the idea while watching rich folk play murder parlor games at their mansions while he entertained them, playing piano”

  1. The_Pip

    In the original version of the game, Cluedo, the characters have full backstories.

  2. TLDReddit73

    And the movie is awesome

  3. AdvancedAdvance

    Considering the game dynamics, he must have felt fortunate that rich mansion owners hired him, as opposed to being hired by a two person party in a one room apartment with only a single weapon in the whole place.

  4. blk95ta

    It was OJ in the foyer with a knife

    Celebrity Clue

  5. groot_liga

    What where the parlor games? Are their details of how they where played? How widely were these played?

  6. AdvocateSaint

    And Monopoly was invented by a guy who observed rich people creating monopolies

  7. xyentist

    VCR Clue is a great party game. Takes a little longer to get the hang of than regular Clue, but it’s worth it. You can get the game off of eBay pretty cheap, and the movie that comes with the game is on YouTube, so you don’t have to find a working VCR to play.

  8. ledow

    Wrong.

    That’s how he invented “Cluedo”.

    Clue is the silly American name for it.

  9. Visassess

    So rich people in the past were literally behaving like Michael Scott?

  10. JourneymanHunt

    I still love the fact that James Lipton was banging Miss Scarlett!

  11. Umikaloo

    Oh man, if ever I find the time, I’m totally recreating the clue board-game in Minecraft.

  12. Liketovacay

    The took Mrs. White out if the game but Colonel Mustard is still there.

  13. Tripleshotlatte

    Rich people used to play murder parlor games in their mansions? How does that even work? Do people still do this? Why did they stop?

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