Shut the Box

The game Shut the Box is said to have been invented in the 12th Century France. Legend has it that Shut the Box was a cherished game among sailors and fishermen off the coast of Normandy some 200 years ago. Another account states that Shut the Box was played by 19th Century fur trappers of the Hudson Bay Company. Today, Shut the Box is still played for stakes and is a favorite pub game in England.

The game has several names including Canoga, Tric-Trac, and Batten Down the Hatches. The rules and equipment vary from one locale to the next, but Shut the Box will hone your basic math skills while keeping you entertained for hours.

Click here to download instructions and a scoresheet.

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    I think the directions should be included with the game.

    Samson Historical

    Instructions should have been included. We apologize for that mistake. Please note, instructions are also available online and can be found here:

    Brian W.

    Great Game

    I purchased this at the Ft. Frederick Market Fair this year and learned to play, I then took it to work and it has become a big hit!! My friend and I play almost every day at lunch, and we "gamble" on the outcome of the game. The person who has the most wins for the month gets a free lunch. One of the ladies wants to get one for her son to help him hone his math skills. I give this game a 5 star rating, I can't wait for the 12 tile version to come out, I'll order one of them, too.