Origins of King of 20




    At King of 20 we know that a good board game allows everyone in the family, regardless of age or skill-set, to spend time together: talking, learning, and having fun. We also know that school subjects, such as English or Math, can be fun and entertaining for people of all ages when presented properly. Our love of knowledge and gaming motivated us to produce the game King of 20 to provide a gaming experience like no other. 
 
    Ishmael King created King of 20 in March of 2011 when he was a freshman in high school. He noticed that subjects such as English and History were regularly adapted into board game forms, while the subject of Math was poorly represented in the industry. The few math board games that existed were too simple or too complicated to play, or were made for an age range that was too specific. 

    At that point, he was already thinking about what a math board game he and his family could enjoy would be like. Not soon after, he decided to fill the void in the gaming world by designing his own math board game. He knew it would be a lot of work, but saw it as a fun project his whole family could undertake together.
   
Journal
    
    After experimenting with the various ideas for their new game, the King family decided that players would use number and operation tiles to reach a certain goal, and that the score would be determined by how close they could get to that goal. They kept a journal to document changes in the game over time (shown above). Once they had a rough idea of how the game would be played, they built the game board, tiles, and tile racks from materials they bought at the hobby store. Many of the game's rules were made as a result of playing the game daily. After much troubleshooting, they settled on number and operation tile distributions and the game's set goal of the number 20. They decided to call the game King of 20 because their family name was "King", and the title expresses the game's competitive nature.

   We thank you for your support and welcome you to the King of 20 family.