Board games are not a privilege of modern times. The royal game of ur is dated from 2600 and 2400 BC. Many boards were found at the Royal Tombs of Ur in Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) in September 1922 by the British archaeologist Leonard Woolley among other treasures. The rules of the game could be decoded by ancient writings. A project was designed for the British Museum in London by Odessa Design (photo). The idea is to engage the public into playing http://www.odessadesign.co.uk/bmgame.htm
For more information you can visit also http://www.mesopotamia.co.uk/tombs/story/sto_set.html and http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/worldhistory/royal_game_of_ur/
If you visit London, you must go to the British Museum, it worth at least a 3 hour visit. You can have an idea of what waiting you by visiting the site http://www.britishmuseum.org/. The admission is free.