Where did the Dart Board originate from?
A Brief Introduction to the Dart Board.
It seems like almost anywhere you look you can find evidence of darts games and a dart board. From the ancient, battle-scarred dartboard at your favorite watering hole, to a state of the art electronic dart boards in your own garage, there is very likely a place you can play dart games within walking distance of you now. And this is true the world over, from Albania to South Africa, if you look hard enough you'll be able to find some form of darts being played.
"How did such a simple game of skill come to be everywhere?" you might find yourself asking. Let's take a look at the history of darts and dartboards to find out.
To understand the history of darts we first need to understand the dart itself. The modern dart can trace its roots to the roman plumbata, which was a kind of miniaturized javelin. As time went on and simple missile weapons were replaced with gunpowder these darts became smaller and more ornate, more of a status symbol than a weapon. At some point in the 16th century these small darts started becoming popular with the common people, and lost their ornateness, becoming basically the darts we use today, save for being constructed out of simpler materials.
The origins of the dart board is a little less clear. Apocryphal stories have Grecian soldiers throwing their plumbata and javelins at emptied wine casks during their rests from battle. The cracking patterns on the casks may have formed stripes and bands that eventually became the modern dartboard layout. What is known that until the 1930s dart boards were constructed out of hard woods which had to be soaked each night to soften them enough for play. A company called Nodor switched to making dartboards out of compressed sisal fibers that could stand up to repeated play with limited maintenance. These boards used the numbering schema developed in London in the late 1800s and are virtually identical to a modern dartboard.
The last major changes to the technology of darts games are the addition of electronic dartboards and the darts made for them. First appearing the the early 1980s these electronic dartboards add an exciting, interactive element to the game of darts.
We've traced the history of darts from it's beginnings in ancient Greece through Edwardian era London and right into your garage. Though the material may have changed over time, you can still know that whenever you throw a dart at a dart board that human history throws with you.
Electronic Dart Board from Harrows Darts
The Master's Choice 3 is the perfect family electronic dartboard as there are no sharp steel tips as with regular boards meaning that even younger children will be able to play with the parents without fear of a dart ending in a foot or a hand. Please note.... Even if the darts don't have sharp point as with regular darts they can still damage an eye so always play under adult supervision.
Other features on these boards include 2 automatic LED scoring displays and cricket displays, it has 27 exciting games pre-programed with 202 different variations.
You also get 12 softip darts so there is no need to buy extra darts to start playing. Around the electronic dart board there is a wide catch area that will trap the missed darts.
It also has a unique sleep/wake up function that saves power, just in case you forget to turn the board off after playing. There is also a Cybermatch button that enables you to play against the device with 5 levels of difficulty. The board also features realistic sound effects and it has an AC adaptor included.
To buy your very own Electronic Dart Board visit Henkor. They have a variety of electronic dart boards in stock.