Article - Israeli Board Games
Since it was first introduced in 1983, TAKI has become one of the most popular board games in Israel and one of the greatest symbols of the “togetherness” culture.
The game, whose name means “waterfall” in Japanese and is illustrated by designer Ari Ron, incorporates luck and strategy in just the right amounts for the whole family.
What makes this game so much fun? There are a number of essential components, and they can even be listed in order of significance, but as with any creation, from a stunning cake to a fascinating story or moving piece of music, there is always an elusive component that is hard to define and without which, perfection would not be attained – without it there is no magic.
Haim Shafir, who invented TAKI, says that the secret to the game’s success lies in the slogan that expresses his creative vision – Simply be Happy Together, “because that is the true purpose of board games, and essentially – of life itself.”
Rummikub, an original Israeli produced game, is one of the top three family games in the world. It is currently Israel’s number one export, sold to 55 countries and translated into 22 languages! A new Rummikub game is manufactured every six seconds.
According to estimates, there is not a single home in Israel that does not have a Rummikub game, whether it is the prestigious version with marble-like tiles in a wooden box, the lightweight travel version, in the metal gift box and more…
How is the game played? Each player takes 14 tiles and tries to be the first to use all the tiles from his/her stand by creating groups or series and by maneuvering.
If you are lucky enough to draw the joker tile - use it wisely, because it can replace any number!
The game was developed in the 1950’s by the late Ephraim Hertzano and manufactured by Kodkod. Ephraim couldn’t have imagined that his social invention would one day change free time for families and children around the world. Rummikub was declared to be one of the best games of the 20th century.
The World Rummikub Championships have been held since 1991, with participants from approximately 36 different countries.
The popular online Rummikub app has been downloaded by millions worldwide, allowing users to play with others online.
Mariana and Micha Hertzano, CEO
The images presented on the stamps, including the logos of Shafir Games© and Kodkod© are courtesy of the companies.