This is the fascinating story of the Rummikub game, whose conception is obscured in the past, over 70 years ago.                                                                   –Mr. Ephraim Hertzano originally made his living selling toothbrushes and other plastic accessories as well as cosmetics. The game started as a brilliant idea that had occurred to Mr. Hertzano, living in Romania, when card-playing was outlawed under the Communist regime. Mr. Hertzano envisioned playing a game that would use small tiles instead of cards to play, a game that could be played by young and old alike, and that had no ties to any language or religion. He wanted to create a game that would bring people together and one day change the world’s leisure time. He called it Rummikub. Accompanied with a vision just as bright and as grand as the initial idea, it became an overnight hit. The Hertzano family moved to Israel in the 1940’s after World War II, continuing the development on Rummikub in the backyard of his house in Bat Yam, and eventually became a professional game developer after publishing it to the market

Early 1970’s USA


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