Lewis Waterman patented Reversi in 1888, although James Mollett later claimed that the game was almost exactly like his game, Annexation, which he published in 1870. Reversi lost popularity after World War I, but other versions of it were published later under different names. Othello, another version of the game with only slight differences, was developed by Goro Hasegawa in Japan and published in 1968 (Parlett 178).
The rules for this game come from Hoyle's Rules of Games ed. by Morehead and Mott-Smith, p. 172, with some further information from The Way to Play by the Diagram Group, pp. 308-309, and The Everything Games Book by Lesley Bolton, pp. 90-91.
Players: 2 to 8 people
Objective: To not be the one left with the "Old Maid" card.
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