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Gameplay in Brief:

Players trade with each other while trying to gather a complete set of one commodity in Pit, a fast-paced and often loud card game. It has been in print for 100 years, giving many generations of game players a shared experience.

Pit was almost certainly based on the successful game Gavitt's Stock Exchange, invented in 1903 by Harry E. Gavitt of Topeka, Kansas. Out of the Box Publishing published a centennial edition of Gavitt's Stock Exchange in 2003.

The Basics:

For 3 to 10 players, ages 8 and up. About 30 minutes per game.


Pit does not have a credited designer.


Pit was first published in 1904 by Parker Brothers (now owned by Hasbro). It has also been published by Winning Moves Games.


Pit is a real-time game with trading and set collection mechanics.

Why Pit is Part of the Games Timeline:

Pit is one of the first games in which every player takes part simultaneously. Here are the other games I believe are the most culturally and historically significant games published since 1800.
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