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Lizzie Magie

David Parlett

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Wednesday, 26 February 2020,
18:00 to 20:00
Waterfront Building, Ipswich

Registration from 17:30 with the lecture starting at 18:00

Lizzie Magie will already be known to many as the inventor of Monopoly or, more precisely, of its ancestor The Landlords Game. First patented in 1904, Landlords was not her only game, nor her first, and she took pride in her role as a games inventor. But games were only part of her many and varied interests and activities. Landlords, in fact, was a political game, inspired by her commitment to Henry George’s Single-Tax theory, which her father James had actively promoted. Amongst other things she was also a poet, an actress, a journalist, a feminist, and in short one of the most interesting, eccentric and enigmatic characters one could ever have hoped to meet. She might be called a Jill of all trades and mistress of none, other than that of promoting Georgist principles.

David Parlett is an author, designer, journalist and consultant on board, card and word games. He gives talks and workshops on the games history, theory and appreciation, and advises on the staging of games in period films and TV drama. He edited Games & Puzzles magazine in the 1970s and in 1979 his best-known board game, Hare & Tortoise, became the first winner of Germany's now prestigious Game of the Year award. In 2013 he was one of five inductees to the first UK Games Expo Hall of Fame for his books and writings. In 2016 he was awarded the Dau Barcelona, and in 2018 the Göttinger Spatz, for "a lifetime's dedication to games". He has been presenting papers at the International Board Game Studies Association since 2005. The University of Suffolk appointed him Visiting Professor in Game Design in 2016 and in 2017 awarded him an Honorary Doctorate. His books include The Penguin Book of Card Games, the Oxford History of Card Games, and Parlett’s History of Board Games. Website:


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