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Year Published
1783
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1 − 8
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 2 players
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Playing Time
30 minutes
User Suggested Ages
6 and up
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No necessary in-game text
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Family
Primary Name
Skittle-Bowl
Alternate Names
Bar Skittles
Birilli
Devil Amongst the Tailors
Kegel-Unterhaltungsspiel
Russisches Kegelspiel
Skittle Bowl
Skittle Bowling
Skittles
Table Skittles
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Based on the ancient game of Alley Skittles or Nine Pins -- whose American descendant is Bowling -- this game was transformed into a table-top game in the 1700's so that no throwing alley or bowling lane was needed. The nine pins stood on a table and players took turns swinging a ball on the end of a chain so that it swung away from the playing field and then knocked down the pins on its return.

Since this version could be played indoors and yet saved on pub space, it has been known as Bar Skittles. When in 1783, dragoons put down a riot (caused by a dramatic play insulting to tailors), newspapers described the dragoons as a ball going through skittles, causing the game to become known as 'Devil Amongst the Tailors'.

Revived as a family board game in 20th century United States, children were thought to get the hang of table-top skittles quickly and end up better than adults. All-time PBA Bowling champion Dick Weber endorsed the game as "the next best thing to having a bowling alley in your living room".

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Skittle Bowl
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Coleco Edition
Publisher: Coleco Industries, Inc.
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Year: 1987
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L'Arbre First Edition
Publisher: L'Arbre a Jouer
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Year: 1985
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Year: 1970
Product Code: 5541
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Aurora 'Dirk Weber' edition 1967
Publisher: Aurora
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Year: 1967
Size: 22.50 x 22.50 x 2.00 inches
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Board Game Rank: 7367
Children's Game Rank: 225
Num Ratings: 62
Average Rating: 6.02
Standard Deviation: 1.64
Num Views: 25304
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Personal Comments: 31
Users Owning: 107
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