He said with a shit-eating grin as he knocked away your piece. for a moment you saw nothing but red. Pure haired welled from every pore. sorry indeed! You thought to yourself as you planned his inevitable death. Sorry indeed...
Sorry! is just one of the many popular modern versions of the ancient circle and cross game known as Pachisi, which originated in India around 500 AD. The version titled Sorry! (because of how very, very sorry you were to have played around with people you were once friends with), was introduced by Englishman William Henry Storey in 1929. When asked later if he regretted creating the game that likely caused WWII, William was found to be unrepentant.
In the original game of Pachisi, women from the royal harems were dressed up in different colored costumes and literally acted as pawns on large outdoor boards. Those crazy Royals sure knew how to throw a party!
Pachisi looked like this board but with color-coded concubines instead of pieces.
Of course other board games were born from the original Pachisi, including Parcheesi, Ludo (shown above), and Trouble, all of which more closely follow the circle and cross game structure. They are also more boring.
Each iteration of game design seems to imply a different apologetic statement
- 1930s: Sorry you're English! The fashionable English game "Sorry!".
- 1940s: Sorry there's a war on! The great game "Sorry!".
- 1970s:Sorry everything in the 1070s is ugly! Gme "Sorry!".
- 200s: Holy shit. We are actually sorry about this one. Game "Pokemon Sorry!".
* Conclusion of Sorry! Games Worldwide.
* All findings based on results of a 2010 study conducted by The National Foundation of Aggressively Competitive People.
- 1% - someone wins the game.
- 6% - someone throws the board.
- 17% - someone gets bitten.
- 76% - custody battle.
Infographic by J. Lynch-Jonely 2012