Are you familiar with the game PIT? It’s a silly game really, but one our family sure has enjoyed playing and laughing hard over. As much as Mike and I love playing games, with our ages and stages of kids, we haven’t always loved playing them as a family. One of the things we’ve been able to enjoy having some extended family time though is games. Both playing them and creating them. It’s great to discover we really are at a great place to play with each other after-all. Pit, Not Necesarily Rum, and Uno have been some of our favorites.
Pit is a fast-paced card game for three to eight players, designed to simulate open outcry bidding for commodities. The game was developed forParker Brothers and first sold in 1904. This popular version of the game was developed by Edgar Cayce, who would also become famous for his psychic predictions.
The inspirations were the Chicago Board of Trade (known as ‘The Pit’) and the US Corn Exchange and it was likely based on the very successful game Gavitt’s Stock Exchange, invented in 1903 by Harry E. Gavitt of Topeka, Kansas (and reprinted in 2004 in an authentic “heirloom” edition byOut of the Box Publishing). Versions of the game have been marketed under the names Billionaire, Business, Cambio, Deluxe Pit, Quick 7, andZaster.
Some decks consists of 74 cards with nine cards each of eight different commodities. The specific commodities have varied over the various editions of the game, but those used in most modern editions are Barley, Corn, Coffee, Oranges, Oats, Soybeans, Sugar and Wheat.
Versions of the game starting in the 1970s contained a bell used to start trading. The first player to hold all nine cards of a commodity would ring the bell.