Ep 131: All The King's Men Board Game Review (Parker Brothers 1979)



A review on how to play the board game All the King’s Men from Parker Brothers. Based off Smess: The Ninny’s Chess.

Enter the age of chivalry in the classic game of royal conflict.
Each player starts with a king, four knights and seven archers. The object: to use the forces at your command to capture your opponent’s King.
The play of the game is unique: arrows on the board determine your pieces’ direction of movement. To move a piece, you must follow one of the arrows that lead from it’s square.
The rules, as established by royal decree, are very easy:
an archer or King may move only one square at a time;
a knight may move any number of squares;
any piece may capture any opposing piece.
The more you play, the more you’ll discover the possibilities for stratagy are endless. #boardgame #ads #ads

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  • I bought this a number of years ago in a rummage sale. My kids loved to play it. My daughter thought it was funner and sneaker to not announce "threat" that way you had to keep on your toes.

    chris mead July 15, 2020 8:30 am Reply
  • Love the art work on the board

    Bex is the word July 15, 2020 8:30 am Reply
  • It was originally made by Parker Brothers around `69 or `71 and was called, Smess, The Ninny's Chess.  The board is almost exactly the same, except for the colour scheme and the print around the borders and the pieces you had to deal with were the Ninny's, the Numbskulls and the Brain.  If you lose your brain, you lose the game!  The pieces were made of red and blue plastic resin.  It even LOOKED more fun than All The King's Men.

    Red Vynil July 15, 2020 8:30 am Reply
  • Sure, I'd be glad to. Just some of my games are Camelot, Turn the Tables Checkers (Mattel), Pente, and Numble (the cross-number made by Selchow & Righter). I also have many books on chess, checkers, and other games.

    Daniel Yentzer July 15, 2020 8:30 am Reply
  • I enjoyed your review of this game. I have a large collection of old board games, including All the King's Men. I also have in my collection the original Mastermind game and the variations Super Mastermind (which uses 5 spaces and 8 colors) and Number Mastermind, with numbers instead of colors. I use the Number Mastermind game to solve puzzles where the code is made up of 4 different digits.

    Daniel Yentzer July 15, 2020 8:30 am Reply
  • I have this game but don't play it much because it's frustrating getting used to the different moves based on where you land.

    Dude McMann July 15, 2020 8:30 am Reply
  • Love this game, got this for Christmas in 1979. I still own it but sadly the box is destroyed but the board, insert with rules and pieces are still intact. It goes nicely with my game of Feudal for a chess clone

    Jeff Hays July 15, 2020 8:30 am Reply
  • Do you know about Google+ collections? Well if not, look up a tutorial and you'll know. After, you can make BGM's Board Game Inventory, and take a picture of all of the games you own and delete the games that you will be selling on eBay. OK?

    Racelympics July 15, 2020 8:30 am Reply
  • Good to see the old games getting some attention. Do you play modern board games like Terraforming Mars?

    Baz H July 15, 2020 8:30 am Reply
  • Seems pretty fun if you have friends who can't get into chess for some reason. I LOVE the board artwork. Great vid, Norm. Keep em coming!

    Game Czar July 15, 2020 8:30 am Reply
  • Which standard version of Monopoly do you have? Reply by:
    1: Year
    2: Series it's on
    3: I used to have ___ but I sold it.

    Racelympics July 15, 2020 8:30 am Reply
  • According to BGG, this is actually Smess: The Ninny's Chess. But I'd prefer All The Kings Men instead.

    Racelympics July 15, 2020 8:30 am Reply
  • Dude you have 50 minutes of absolute nothing

    Jay Valentine July 15, 2020 8:30 am Reply

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