"Just a game that's played in fun"


There are quite a few interactive games the guys play in the TV show and many have long and interesting origins to them


Archery
Featured in episode: #13 One Man Shy (Peter And The Debutante)
when Ronnie challenges Mike to a game
Origins: The first signs of archery are found in Africa dating back to 50,000 BC. In approx. 2800 BC, the first composite bow was produced by the Egyptians. The Egyptians used archers on the back of light chariots who were highly trained and skilled and could easily outflank an enemy army with devastating effect. Literature from China, dated between 1500 and 1027 BC, included the first mention of Crossbows.
Brief synopsis on how to play it: Each person uses a bow and arrow aimed at a round target 40 feet away. The target is usually a series of circles upon circles alternating between red and whtie colors. The person who gets their arrow the closest to the smallest and most center circle (called the bull's eye wins the game

Arm Wrestling
Featured in episodes: #13 One Man Shy (Peter And The Debutante), #33 It's A Nice Place To Visit and #48 Fairy Tale
when Ronnie and Peter play the game during "You Just May Be The One" (One Man Shy (Peter And The Debutante)), played by Mike and El Diablo for the test of strength (It's A Nice Place To Visit) and when Peter and opponient play the game instead of sword fighting due to their anti-violence beliefs (Fairy Tale)
Origins: Businessman Bill Soberanes began competative contests in 1952
Brief synopsis on how to play it: Both competitors lock their hands then try to pin the opponient's arm down on a table or other flat surface

A Troubadour Contest
Featured in episode: #55 Monkees Mind Their Manor
when one of the contests for the Grand Championship Origins: Troubadours were French poet/ musicians in the 1100's who wrote songs about love and heroic adventures. Since the Medieval Fair started in 1500 the choice of contests for the Grand Championship has always been determined by the people present at the Medieval Fair
Brief synopsis on how to play it: Each person takes turns singing for the crowd and the person with the loudest applause determines the winner

Badminton
Featured in episode: #13 One Man Shy (Peter And The Debutante)
when Ronnie challenges Micky to a game
Origins: Badminton's origins date back at least two thousand years to the game of battledore and shuttlecock played in ancient Greece, India and China. British officials in India took the game Poona to England and first the game was first played at Badminton, Gloucestershire England at the home of the Duke of Beaufort in 1873.
Brief synopsis on how to play it: The point of badminton is to hit the shuttle over the net using a racket and onto the floor of the opponent's court as hard as you can. The server must serve underhanded and the receiver must stand still until the service is struck. Matches comprise of the best of three games. If the serving side wins a rally, it scores a point and serves again but from the alternate service court. If the receiving side wins the rally, the score remains unchanged and the service passes to the next player in turn. 15 points wins a game.

Baseball
Featured in episode: #7 Monkees In A Ghost Town
played when the guys cover up the sound of them digging out of the cell
Origins: Baseball began in the mid-1800's developed from the English sport Rounders. American colonists played Rounders as early as the 1700's. The rules gradually changed Rounders into Baseball. However, many people believe that American baseball was invented by Abner Doubleday in Cooperstown, NY in 1839. The Doubleday theory was answered in 1908 when the Baseball Commission's report based it's conclusion that Doubleday invented the game to a letter from a friend of Doubleday's who was supposably present when Doubleday invented it.
Brief synopsis on how to play it: A baseball field is shaped like a diamond with 3 bases and a home plate at each point. One team takes various positions around the field (known as the outfield). The other team's players attempt to hit a ball pitched by a member of the team in the outfield with a wooden bat. 3 things can occur: the person successfully hits the ball with the bat, the person misses the pitch with the bat (called an out) or the ball is pitched out of the designated pitching area (called a ball). An umpire is present to over see the pitch. After the person hits the ball with the bat, they must quickly run to the base to their right (called first base). In the meantime the outfield is scrambling to catch the ball and get it over to the player at the first base in order to tag the person out. If a person in the outfield catches the ball before it drops on the field it is an automatically an out. If a batter hits the ball out of the field area it is an automatic score (called a homerun). Generally players try to get to each base then to home plate before they can be tagged out. There are usually 9 attempts for each team to be up at bat and to play in the outfield (called innings).

Bowling
Featured in episode: #12 I've Got A Little Song Here
mentioned by Davy when he asks Mike if he wants to play a game in order to cheer Mike up
Origins: The earliest evidence of bowling dates back to ancient Egypt and ancient Polynesians but modern forms of bowling can be traced back to Germany and the Netherlands in the Middle Ages. It became increasing popular in New England during the 1800's.
Brief synopsis on how to play it: A player rolls a heavy ball down a 12 foot lane attempting to knock down the 10 pins arrranged in a triangle shape. A player must release the ball without crossing over a foul line. Each player will have 2 attempts to knock down pins per turn. If the ball goes into the grooved sides of the lane and no pins can be knocked ball (known as a gutter ball) there is no score. If a player can successfully knock down all 10 pins in one try it is a strke. If a player can knock all the pins down in two attemps it is a spare. If a player can knock all pins down in the 12 turns each player is given then it is a perfect game and score of 300 points.

Boxing
Featured in episodes: #13 One Man Shy (Peter And The Debutante), #20 Monkees In The Ring and #29 Monkees Get Out More Dirt
when Peter and Ronnie play the game during "You Just May Be The One" (One Man Shy (Peter And The Debutante)), when Davy takes up the sport (Monkees In The Ring) and when Davy uses it as an excuse to go see April (Monkees Get Out More Dirt)
Origins: Modern boxing began when in the early 1700's English athlete James Figg introduced wrestling-like moves to bare-knuckled boxers. In 1743 Jack Broughton introduced several new rules such as if a man is knocked down and if he can not get back up with in 30 seconds the other fighter wins (known as the London Prize Fighting Rules). In the mid-1800's the Marquess Of Queensberry introduced the rules of wearing padded gloves and time period rounds. Boxing came to the US in the early 1900's but was illeagal in most of the US due to it violent nature. However, laws permitting public prize fighting grew into a spectator sport.
Brief synopsis on how to play it: 2 people battle with gloved fists in a roped off square area.Professional games have 12 time periods (called rounds) of 3 minutes each. Boxing is divided into different weight classes and people only in the same weight class will box. A referee is inside the square area with the players ensuring that all the rules are being obeyed. The fighters try to dominate with punches to the opponient while they guard their own head and body. The winner can be determined in 3 ways: if one person is knocked to the floor and fails to get up within 10 seconds (called a knockout), if a player is physically unable to continue (called a technical knockout) or the 2 players fight to the end of the regulation number of rounds without a knockout. The referee and/or ringside judges decide the winner (called a decision).

Card Games (Note: unknown games)
Featured in episodes: #6 Success Story, #19 Find The Monkees and #24 Monkees A La Mode
when Micky, Peter, Davy & Mr. Schneider play some sort of card game during the beginning tag (Success Story), when Mike, Micky & Mr. Schneider playing some sort of card game when the guys fail to get into see Hubbell Benson (Find The Monkees) and when the guys are being photgraphed during "Laugh" (Monkees A La Mode)
Origins: Playing cards originated in China or Hindustan in 800 AD, appeared in Italy in the late 1200's then spread to Germany, France and Spain. The card's distinct four suits originated from France in the 1500's
Inventors: Monkees
Brief synopsis on how to play it: Involves the dummy should be the dummy, antagonizing the card holder & card holder's thoughts (Success Story), Players try to peak at each other's cards and the winner finds their card in Mr. Schneider's breast pocket (Find The Monkees) and hold a few cards in your hand when you are being photgraphed (Monkees A La Mode)

Checkers
Featured in episodes: #12 I've Got A Little Song Here, # 31 Monkees At The Movies and #54 Monkees in Paris
when Mike and Peter play the game during the beginning tag (I've Got A Little Song Here), when the guys play the game on the beach during the beginning tag (Monkees At The Movies) and when Davy & Micky play the game during the beginning & ending tag (Monkees In Paris)
Origins: First references to checkers game are found as early as 1600 B.C in Egyptian paintings and inscriptions at time of the Pharaohs. In England and Scotland this game is called "draughts".
Brief synopsis on how to play it: Checkers is a game for two players. It is played on an 8x8 checkered board with white and black squares, usually with a black square in each player's lower left corner. Players use red and black circlular pieces. Pieces move only on black squares. The player who controls red pieces moves first. The goal in the checkers game is either to capture all of the opponent's pieces or to blockade them. If neither player can accomplish the above, the game is a draw.

Chess
Featured in episode: #3 Monkees Vs. Machine and #30 Monkees In Manhattan
when Peter plays the game alone during the beginning tag (Monkees Vs. Machine) and when 2 millionaires play the game as the guys are looking around the Milionaire's Club (Monkees In Manhattan)
Origins: Chess came to the US with the earliest Spanish settlers. There is evidence of chess being taught to the Indians by Spanish settlers in the early 15th century. The first chess game was in St. Augustine, Florida played by the founder of St. Augustine (Pedro Menendez) and Ruy Lopez (the famous chess-playing priest).
Brief synopsis on how to play it: The aim of the game is to win by trapping your opponent's king (called checkmate). White is always first to move and players take turns alternately moving one piece at a time. Each type of piece has its own method of movement. A piece may be moved to another position or may capture an opponent's piece. This is done by landing on the appropriate square with the moving piece and removing the defending piece from play. With the exception of the knight, a piece may not move over or through any of the other pieces.

Creebage
Featured in episode: #58 The Frodis Caper (MIJACOGEO)
when the guys play the game for the guard's keys
Inventors: Monkees
Brief synopsis on how to play it: Someone deals out the cards while the other players exchange cards between themselves, say the card's face value and the first person to yell out "creebage" wins.

Croquet
Featured in episodes #2 Monkee See, Monkee Die and #24 Monkees A La Mode
when the guys play a human form of the game during "Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day" (Monkee See, Monkee Die), when the guys play a human form of the game during "Laugh" (Monkees A La Mode) and when the Chic Magazine article mentions the guys interest in it (Monkees A La Mode)
Origins: A Croquet-like game is believed to have been played by thirteenth century French peasants. In 1852, it was brought to England where it quickly became popular. It was particularly popular with women because it was the first outdoor sport which could be played by both sexes on an equal foot. It first was played in the US in the 1860's.
Brief synopsis on how to play it: Each player takes turns using a wooden mallet to whack a wooden ball through 9 hoops and the ball will touch a wooden stake at the beginning of the game then after the ball passes through the last hoop

Darts
Featured in episode: #10 Here Come The Monkees
when Mike plays the game using a poster of the Beatles as a dart board as Davy is getting ready for his date
Origins: Early forms of Darts started to grown in popularity in the 19th Century but it didn't become a serious pub game until the 20th century
Brief synopsis on how to play it: An arrow-like projectile is thrown at a board with segments scoring multiples of five with different colored circles. The highest score being the smallest circle (called the bullseye) in the center of the board and lowest at the edge.

Dominoes
Featured in episode: #27 Monkee Mother
when illustrating the fall of Southeast Asia
Origins: The game appeared first in China in in the 14th Century
Brief synopsis on how to play it: Turn all the pieces face down ans mix. Each player draws 9 tiles and conceals them from the other players. The player who draws the highest double domino (the same number of dots on both ends) begins by placing the domino in the center. The second player tries to match one of their dominos to one end of the beginning piece. If the second player has no match they must draw from the pile until a match can be made. The first player who uses up all their dominos wins.

Dueling
Featured in episodes: #10 Here Come The Monkees, #13 One Man Shy (Peter And The Debutante), #33 It's A Nice Place To Visit and #55 Monkees Mind Their Manor
when Mike and Micky recreate a historcal event for Vanessa (Here Come The Monkees), when Ronnie and Peter play the game during "You Just May Be The One" (One Man Shy (Peter And The Debutante)), when El Diablo challenges Micky to the game after El Diablo finds Micky being deceitful about who he is (It's A Nice Place To Visit) and when one of the contests for the Grand Championship (Monkees Mind Their Manor)
Origins: Starting in the Middle Ages, European nobles had defended their honor in man-to-man battles. An early version of dueling was known as "judicial combat," so called because God allegedly judged the man in the right. Still, numerous authorities, including heads of state and the Catholic Church, banned dueling
Brief synopsis on how to play it: In a typical duel, an offended party sends a challenge through a second party. If the recipient apologized, the matter usually ended. If he elects to fight, the recipient choses the weapons. Large caliber, smoothbore flintlock pistols were typical American dueling weapons. The two parties would stand back to back and slowly step away as someone counts to 10 then the duelists turn and fire. The chance of dying in a pistol duel was relatively slim. Flintlocks often misfired and even in the hands of an experienced shooter accuracy was difficult. Generally, pistols had to be discharged within three seconds and to take aim for a longer time period was considered dishonorable.

Go Fish
Featured in episode: #33 It's A Nice Place To Visit
played by Peter and El Diablo for the test of skill and determination
Origins: unknown
Brief synopsis on how to play it: The dealer deals 5 cards to each player. The remaining cards are placed face down to form a stock. The player to dealer's left starts. A turn consists of asking a specific player for specific card. The player who asks must already hold at least one card of the requested rank. If the player who was asked has cards of the named card, they must give all her cards of this rank to the player who asked for them. That player then gets another turn and may again ask any player for any rank already held by the asker. If the person asked does not have any cards of the named rank, they say "Go Fish". The asker must then draw the top card of the undealt stock. If the drawn card is the rank asked for, the asker shows it and gets another turn. If the drawn card is not the rank asked for, the asker keeps it, but the turn now passes to the player who said "Go Fish!". As soon as a player collects a book of 4 cards of the same rank, this must be shown and discarded face down. The game continues until either someone has no cards left in their hand or the stock runs out. The winner is the player who then has the most books.

Golf
Featured in episode: #45 Monkees In Texas
with Peter carrying golf clubs when he gets out of the jeep at Aunt Kate's ranch and golf clubs used by Davy to apprehend Black Bart by hitting Black Bart over his head with one golf club during "Star Collector"
Origins: The name "Golf" derives from the Old Scottish terms "golve" or "goff," which themselves evolved from the medieval Dutch term "kolf". The earliest known reference to golf comes from King James II of Scotland, who, in 1457, issued a ban on the playing of golf and football (soccer). Those games, James complained, were keeping his archers from their practice. But the game continued to develop in Scotland over the decades and centuries, until 1744 when the first-known rules of golf were put down in writing in Edinburgh, Scotland. While many Scots firmly maintain that golf evolved from a family of stick-and-ball games widely practiced throughout the British Isles during the Middle Ages, there is considerable evidence suggests that the game derived from stick-and-ball games that were played in France and Germany.
Brief synopsis on how to play it: Golf is a game in which a ball is struck with a club from a prepared area (called the teeing ground) across fairway and rough to a second prepared area, which has a hole in it (called the putting green). The object of the game is to complete what is known as a hole by playing a ball from the teeing ground into the hole on the putting green in the fewest possible number of strokes. A "round of golf" consists of playing 18 such holes.

Fencing
Featured in episodes: #1 Royal Flush, #13 One Man Shy (Peter And The Debutante) and #21 The Prince And The Paupers
used by Davy in order to apprehend Otto during"Take A Giant Step" (Royal Flush), Davy and Ronnie play the game during "You Just May Be The One" and played when Count Myron gives Ludlow (Davy) his fencing lesson (The Prince And The Paupers)
Origins: A skillful type of swordplay which uses precision, speed, timing and distance. It was used to settle quarrels (or duels) and was part of a gentleman's training. It became a sport in the mid 1700's.
Brief synopsis on how to play it: The object of fencing is to touch the opponent on a certain part of the body and to avoid being touched. Fencers use one of these three swords: the epee, the saber and the foil (used by female fencers)

Football
Featured in episode: #16 Son Of Gypsy
when the guys are trying to apprehend Maria and her sons during "I'm A Believer"
Origins: The beginnings of the game come from the English game rugby. Rugby began in 1873 at the famous Rugby Boys School in England. Another cousin of the game of football is soccer, sometimes called association football. Its beginnings can also be traced to English origin, being played as early as the 1820's. At many ivy league American colleges in the late 1800's men began playing what was then known as ballown. First using their fists to advance the ball, and then their feet, this game consisted mainly of one goal: to advance the ball past the opposing team. There were no hard and fast rules applied to this game. Because of the roughness of the game many colleges banned the sport. Eventually rules started to be implimented and ballown evolved into football.
Brief synopsis on how to play it: The Field is 100 yards long. Each team owns half of the field (they switch sides every 15 minutes of play). The areas to either side of those 100 yards, extending 10 yards past the goal lines (called the end zones). Teams try to get the ball past the opponent's goal line into the end zone to score a touchdown. At far edge of each end zone are the goal posts which, together with the cross bar. These are used only when a team decides to kick a field goal instead of going for a touchdown or to kick for an extra point after scoring a touchdown. To score the field goal or extra point, the ball must go between the vertical posts and over the bar. The area to either side of the field is out-of-bounds. The team that has the ball is the offense and the other team is the defense. The game is divided into 15 minute quarters. At the end of the first and third quarters, the players switch sides. At the start of each half and after each touchdown or field goal (when it's time to let the other team have the ball), the defending team starts by placing the ball on a tee at their 35 yard line and kicking the ball toward the other team (called a kickoff). The other team tries to catch it. The offense has 4 plays (or downs) to cover 10 yards or more. A play ends when the player with the ball is either stopped or goes out-of-bounds or if the ball is thrown and missed (called an incomplete pass). A player is stopped when his knees touch the ground either because he was tackled by a defensive player or because he fell. Normally, teams try to cover the 10 yards in 3 plays or less. If they don't make it in 3 plays, they use the 4th down to kick the ball toward the other team (called punting). Sometimes, if the distance to complete the 10 yards is very short or if a team is far behind in the score, they elect to go for it or to try to complete the 10 yards with another attempt. If a team succeeds in advancing 10 yards or more, they get a first down. That is, they get a new set of 4 downs to make another 10 yards. The object of the game is to score more points than your opponent. A touchdown is worth 6 points. After a touchdown, the team then attempts to kick the ball through the goal posts to get an extra point.

Hide And Seek
Featured in episode: #40 Monkees Marooned
played by Major Pshaw and the guys when the guys are trying to flee the island
Origins: unknown
Brief synopsis on how to play it: First you pick someone to be it (the person to seek) then he/she turns around and counts with their eyes closed at the "base" while the rest of the people hide. Then "It" says "ready or not, here I come" and rushes to find everyone. Then the people try to get to base without getting tagged or else they are "It". If the person who is "It" doesn't get someone in three tries he gets to pick a man to be it

Hopscotch
Featured in episode: #13 One Man Shy (Peter And The Debutante)
when Peter and Ronnie play the game during "You Just May Be The One"
Origins: Began in ancient Britain during the early Roman Empire when hopscotch courts were more than 100 feet long
Brief synopsis on how to play it: Create a diagram with 8 sections and number them. Each player has a marker such as a stone.The first player stands behind the starting line to toss her or his marker in square 1. Hop over square 1 to square 2 and then continue hopping to square 8, turn around, and hop back again. Pause in square 2 to pick up the marker, hop in square 1, and out. Then continue by tossing the stone in square 2. All hopping is done on one foot unless the hopscotch design is such that two squares are side-by-side. Then two feet can be placed down with one in each square. A player must always hop over any square where a maker has been placed. A player is out if the marker fails to land in the proper square, the hopper steps on a line, the hopper looses balance when bending over to pick up the marker and puts a second hand or foot down, the hopper goes into a square where a marker is, or if a player puts two feet down in a single box. The player puts the marker in the square where he or she will resume playing on the next turn and the next player begins. Sometimes a dome-shaped "rest area" is added on one end of the hopscotch pattern where the player can rest for a second or two before hopping back through.

Jacks
Featured in episode: #7 Monkees In A Ghost Town
when Lenny is waiting for the big man to arrive
Origins: Jacks was played in the ancient World with small animal bones or pebbles. In early America the game was commonly known as five-stones or jack-stones. As time went on, one of the stones (the Jack) was replaced by a wooden ball then a rubber ball. The other stones were replaced by small pointed metal pieces reminiscent of the original animal knucklebones
Brief synopsis on how to play it: Players try to pick up the 6 pieces (the small metal pieces that have 6 out stretched points) while tossing and catching a small rubber ball (the jack).

Jousting
Featured in episode: #55 Monkees Mind Their Manor
when one of the contests for the Grand Championship
Origins: Used during tournaments between English knights in the 1100's but it gave way to more war-like social events in the 1200's.
Brief synopsis on how to play the game: 2 partisipants use a large pointless sword (called a lance) and ride horses that are coming toward each other in order to unseat the oppoinent

Mace And Chain
Featured in episode: #55 Monkees Mind Their Manor
when one of the contests for the Grand Championship
Origins: The mace is a version of the simple club and was used in cultures throughout human history. Simple maces consist of a handle, usually wooden, with a hard striking object socketed to the top of the handle. By the middle ages, many European maces were all metal construction. Flanges, spikes, and similar pointed protrusions were added to combat plate and mail armor. The force of a blow, concentrated on the tip of a flange or spike, was very effective at denting and piercing armor.
Brief synopsis on how to play it: 2 partisipants use the weapon to knock the other person to the ground or off guard.

Mah Jung
Featured in episode: #47 The Christmas Show
mentioned by Melvin cause of his distaste of the game
Orgins: A traditional Chinese tile game
Brief synopsis on how to play it: The aim of the game is to collect sets of tiles according to number and type shown on the face of the tile. A player takes and discards a tile each turn. The first player whose hand consists of a full set or sets and calls out “Mah Jung” is the winner. It is similar to the game rummy.

Marbles
Featured in episode: #13 One Man Shy (Peter And The Debutante)
when Peter and Ronnie play the game during "You Just May Be The One"
Origins: The earliest marbles were made of flint & stone and date back to ancient Egypt. There are frequent references to marbles in Roman literature and it is probably fair to assume that the Romans took this popular form of entertainment with them to all parts of their empire.
Brief synopsis on how to play it: A small hole is made in the center of the playing area. Each player antes up a marble and they are randomly scattered around the playing field. Each player uses a large marble (called a shooter) to try to knock the other marbles into the hole. Players take turns shooting and if a player knocks a marble into the hole with his/her shot, they get to keep the marble they knocked in and shoot again.

Monoploy
Featured in episode: #26 Monkee Chow Mein
played by Dragonman while waiting for Toto to return
Origins: In 1934 at the height of the Great Depression, Charles B. Darrow of Germantown, Pennsylvania, showed what he called "The MONOPOLY game" to the executives at Parker Brothers. They rejected the game. But Mr. Darrow wasn't daunted. Like many other Americans, he was unemployed at the time and the game's exciting promise of fame and fortune inspired him to produce it on his own. With help from a printer friend, Mr. Darrow sold 5,000 handmade sets of the game to a Philadelphia department store and people loved it.
Brief synopsis on how to play it: The object of the game is to become the wealthiest player through buying, renting and selling property

Mother, May I?
Featured in episode #49 Monkees Watch Their Feet
mentioned by Davy and Peter when the Chief has them march
Origins: unknown
Brief synopsis on how to play it: One person stands facing away from a the players (called the "Mother"). The "Mother" chooses a player and announces a direction (like taking a giant/regular/baby steps forward/backward). The player responds with "Mother may I?" and "Mom" then states "Yes" or "No" depending on his or her whim and the player complies. If the player forgets to ask "Mother may I?" he/she goes back to the starting line. First one to touch "Mother" wins.

Parchesi
Featured in episode: #40 Monkees Marooned
mentioned by Peter as his game
Origins: The Indian Emperor Akbar I of the 16th century Mogul Empire played a version of the game
Brief synopsis on how to play it: A board game in which each person takes turns moving their colored pieces around the board in a counter-clockwise direction once and then the first person to have all their pieces in the middle of the game board wins

Pinochle
Featured in episode: #58 The Frodis Caper (MIJACOGEO)
mentioned by the guard as an example of a card game the guys could play for the jailer's keys
Origins: Developed in the United States in the mid-19th century. It has similarities to some older European games such as the French card game bezique
Brief synopsis on how to play it: A popular card game in which the object of the game is to bid a certain number and then reach that score. Players make points in two ways. The winner of the bid shows certain combinations of their cards and adds the points they represent (called melds). After a hand has been played, the bidder receives specified points for the cards they have taken (called tricks)

Ping Pong (Table Tennis)
Featured in episodes: #10 Here Come The Monkees and #27 Monkee Mother
played when the guys are running from Mr. Russell (Here Come The Monkees) and mentioned by Milly as a warning for Peter not to get so heated up while playing the game by himself (Monkee Mother)
Origins: In 1886, the English sporting goods house of F. H. Ayres Limited was selling a lawn tennis game played with miniature rackets.owever, the first table tennis sets were manufactured by the English firm of J. Jaques and Son. As early as 1891 Jaques had also registered an indoor game played with india-rubber balls called "Gossima". By 1898 Jaques was selling them as "The New Table Game of Ping-Pong"
Brief synopsis on how to play it: A net is stretched widthwise on a 9 by 14 foot table in the center of the table. Players take turns hitting a small white plastic ball with a ping pong mallet. The ball must bounce on the opponent's side of the net before the opponient can serve it back to the other player. If the ball bounces off the table into the floor, the player who served the ball that the other played failed to serve back wins the play and 1 point. 4 people can play with a thin white line drawn down the center of the table lengthwise in order to divide the table into 4 equal areas. A game shall be won by the player or pair first scoring 21 points. A match shall consist of the best of 3 games or the best of 5 games.

Poker
Featured in episodes: #10 Here Come The Monkees and #45 Monkees In Texas
played when the guys are running from Mr. Russell (Here Come The Monkees), when Micky & Red play the game while waiting for Black Bart/ Ben Cartwheel (Monkees In Texas) and when mentioned by the guard as an example of a card game the guys could play for the jailer's key
Origins: The most popular belief is that it was invented by the Chinese around 900 A.D., possibly derived from the Chinese dominoes. Others state that Poker originates from the Persian game "as nas". This is a 5-player Persian game, which requires a special deck of 25 cards with 5 suits. However, this is only recorded back to the 17th century. Another theory calls on the French "poque". The French who settled New Orleans around 1480 played Poque, a card game involving bluffing and betting. This was stated to be the first use of a deck consisting of spades, diamonds, clubs, and hearts. Fragments of cards have been tentatively dated to 12th or 13th century in Egypt. Some propose that modern cards originated from the Indian card game of Ganjifa. The history of poker in the United States has a bit more consistency. Poker traveled from New Orleans by steamboat up the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. The game then spread via wagon and train.
Brief synopsis on how to play it: Each player pays the Ante (a small fee you pay to purchase the right to play that round). If you don't ante it means you are Sitting Out (not playing). This money and all money made from betting during the game go into the center of the table in a pile (called the pot). A poker hand is made from the best arrangement of five cards. The player to the Dealer's left opens the betting round by either placing a Bet (a money amount), indicating a Pass (placing no bet), or Folding (discarding their hand). Once the Dealer has placed their bet, the other players must Call (have the same amount of money) or Fold. Players may now Discard (take out) any or all of their cards based on their hopes of building a better hand. The dealer hands the player face down the same number of cards they are Discarding. The Dealer's left begins the betting and the betting proceeds around the table. Again, the Dealer gets the final Raise (the last money amount). Then everyone else must Call or Fold. After the final betting round and all the necessary Calls, the players still in the game have reached the Showdown (the player's hands are revealed). The best hand wins and the winner takes the pot.

Polo
Featured in episode #24 Monkees A La Mode
when the Chic Magazine article mentions the guys interest in it and Rob Roy's suggestion for the award is a polo champion
Origins: Polo was probably first played on a barren campground by nomadic warriors over two thousand years ago. Valuable for training Calvary, the game was played from Constantinople to Japan by the Middle Ages. Known in the East as the Game of Kings, Tamer Lane's polo grounds can still be seen in Samarkand. British tea planters in India witnessed the game in the early 1800's but it was not until the 1850's that the British Calvary drew up the earliest rules and by the 1869's the game was well established in England. James Gordon Bennett, a noted American publisher, balloonist & adventurer, was captivated by the sport and brought it to New York in 1876 where it caught on immediately. Within ten years, there were major clubs all over the east.
Brief synopsis on how to play it: Players ride on thoroughbred horses bumping and jostling with each other like hockey on horseback, racing at top speeds down the field while striking a small ball with a wooden mallot to the precision of an experienced golfer.

Roulette
Featured in episode: #46 Monkees On The Wheel
when the crooks play the game cause they have fixed the wheel to land on 16 red for 5 minutes and when Micky tries to lose the money the crooks stole from the casino in order to get the money back to the casino
Origins: A very primitive version of roulette was introduced in the 17th century by the French scientist Blaise Pascal who is known for his study of perpetual motion devices. Frenchmen Francois and Louis Blanc invented the single "0" roulette game in 1842. Because gambling was illegal in France during this time, the game was introduced in Hamburg, Germany where it became very popular and replaced an earlier version that featured higher odds. At a later date, Francois and his son Camille were responsible for bringing the game of roulette back to southern France for the Prince of Monaco, Charles III. When roulette came to the U.S. in the early 1800's, the game became popular in the old West of America during the California Gold Rush.
Brief synopsis on how to play it: Roulette is played by spinning a small ball, usually metal or ivory counterclockwise around a wheel spinning clockwise. When the wheel comes to rest, the ball drops into one of these slots.The slots alternate between red and green. The object of Roulette is to predict the slot the ball will land in. Wagers in Roulette are placed on an area of the table marked with a pattern of boxes and numbers.

Simple Simon
Featured in episode: #47 The Christmas Show
when they guys are trying to entertain Melvin
Origins: unknown
Brief synopsis on how to play it: One person says "simple simon says" then says some physical thing that the players have to do

Skeet
Featured in episode: #13 One Man Shy (Peter And The Debutante)
when Ronnie challenges Davy to a game
Origins: The word "skeet" derives from the Scandinavan word for shoot. Skeet is the American form of clay target shooting. Credit for the game goes to Gertrude Hurlbutt, a Montana housewife, who won a contest for naming this new game in 1926. Charles E. Davis, an Andover, Massachusettes businessman and avid grouse hunter, sought to improve his wing shooting by duplicating the angles he missed in the grouse covert. As he became better at shooting from various angles, he decided to set up a regular sequence of shots that would duplicate all the angles he would encounter in the field.
Brief synopsis on how to play it: The clay round targets are thrown in the air from a metal spring trap. The game has are 8 stations with 2 traps at each station. Stations are located 42 yards apart. Skeet players often use a 12-guage shotgun that holds 500 lead pellets.

Slot Machines
Featured in episode: #46 Monkees On The Wheel
when Micky plays the slots many times while gambling to impress a girl
Origins: Slot machines were invented in the late 1800's by Charles Fey. He created the first machine in the basement of his home. The machines didn’t become popular until years later when they were installed in Bugsy Siegel's infamous Flamingo Hilton hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada in the 1930's. Fey's first machine was similar in size to modern day examples but the different symbols seen today's machines were added in later machines. The first slot machine was actually called the Liberty Bell and can still be seen today in a collection at the Liberty Belle Saloon and Restaurant in Reno, Nevada.
Brief synopsis on how to play it: Players deposit coins (usually 1-4) and spin the reels. You spin the reels by either pushing a button or yanking on a lever. There are one or more horizontal lines across the window of the slot machine. If a certain combination falls on a horizontal line when the reels stop, you are a winner. Payouts vary by machine and by the number of lines you choose to play.

Spin The Bottle
Featured in episode: #13 One Man Shy (Peter And The Debutante)
mentioned by Peter as the party game he can never win at and playing the game in order to boost Pete's confidence around girls
Origins: unknown
Brief synopsis on how to play it: The party game where you spin an empty bottle and who the bottle tip points to gets a kiss

Tic-Tac-Toe
Featured in episode: # 11 Monkees A La Carte
when Mike and Davy play several hands after dividing up the city into 9 separate parts
Origins: One of the World's oldest games that has been around for at least 3500 years. There is evidence it was played in ancient Egypt, Bronze-Age Ireland, Troy, Viking Norway and by members of the Zuni, Tewa, Tigua and Kere Amerindian tribes of the south-western United States. It is mostly associated with Noughts and Crosses, a game that has been played in the United Kingdom for several centuries.
Brief synopsis on how to play it: Tic-tac-toe is a simple game usually played with pencil and paper between two players, "O" and "X". The 2 players alternate in marking the 9 spaces in a equally divided 3×3 board, trying to put three of their own marks in a horizontal, vertical or diagonal row.

To Tell A Fib
Featured in episode: #23 Captain Crocodile
when when the guys imagine other TV shows they can appear on
Inventors: Monkees
Brief synopsis on how to play it: 3 people claim to be David Jones. The room is darkened and each person introduces themselves as "My name is David Jones". The moderator asks for the real David Jones to stand up.

Tug-Of-War
Featured in spisode: #6 Success Story and #33 It's A Nice Place To Visit
when the guys compete with an old lady during "Sweet Young Thing" (Success Story) and played by Micky & El Diablo for the test of bravery (It's A Nice Place To Visit)
Origins: unknown
Brief synopsis on how to play it: 2 people or a group of equal number of people use a large rope to attempt to push the other team off balance. Often there is a water or mud puddle between the two teams so the losing team ends up falling into the stuff.

Volleyball
Featured in episodes: #10 Here Come The Monkees and #31 Monkees At The Movies
playing the game at the beach when the guys hear about Vanessa's test (Here Come The Monkees) and playing the game so Frankie can dominate the game & impress some girls (Monkees At The Movies) and when Mike, Micky & Peter play the game in order to grab Davy to save Davy from stardom going to his head (Monkees At The Movies)
Origins: In 1895, William G. Morgan, an instructor at the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) in Holyoke, Mass., decided to blend elements of basketball, baseball, tennis, and handball to create a game for his classes of businessmen which would demand less physical contact than basketball. He created the game of Mintonette. Morgan borrowed the net from tennis and raised it 6 feet & 6 inches above the floor, just above the average man's head. During a demonstration game, someone remarked to Morgan that the players seemed to be "volleying" the ball back and forth over the net and thus "volleyball" would be a more descriptive name for the sport. On July 7, 1896 at Springfield College the first game of "volleyball" was played.
Brief synopsis on how to play it: 6 players on each side of a high net hit a ball back and forth without letting the ball touch the ground. A game begins with the person in the right back area of the field by either hitting the ball tossed in the air with the hand or holding the ball by one hand and swinging the other hand from under the ball. Players often leap high (or spike) the ball so the ball moves faster. Points are earned each time a team hits a ball into the receiving team's side and it hits the ground. If a member of the receiving team hits the ball out of the playing area they have committed a fault and no points are earned. The net must never touch the ball. A game usually ends at 15 points.

What's My Scene
Featured in episode: #23 Captain Crocodile
when the guys imagine other TV shows they can appear on
Inventors: Monkees
Brief synopsis of how to play it: Try to guess the occupation of a person who is unseen to the players putting their occupation on a chalkboard (called signing in) until the moderator gets bored of playing the game


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