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.
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How to keep track of the dice without a box to put the game in after use? It’s a problem, I spent hours trying to find a box online. I eventually found a box that sort of works in a craft store.
The workmanship on the game itself is excellent.
This game does not need a box to be played. It does not come with a box, as it is not needed for it to function as a game. The name of the game, Shut the Box, derives from the player putting down the numbered tiles, thus shutting the box.
I bought them for my son's birthday.....Captains mistress and shut the box.
He absolutely loved them.
he is evolved we a few historical reenactment groups. And he will put the games to good use.
wonderful craftsmanship on both games.
we were all well pleased.
have a blessed day.