I remember my grandfather teaching me how to play the game and we spent a lot of evenings honing our skills. I also remember how I loved the largeness of it and the tinny sound the marbles made when you moved them around the board.
The board is metal with painted on colors. It's dented up quite badly in a few spots, but there's no rust and the colors are still bright.
I also remember my older brother and I chasing each other around and whacking each other with it. Hence the dents, I suppose. We also used it as an instrument in our pretend marching band because it makes a really loud bang when you slap it. It was also good for spinning across the floor at high speeds. It seems to have been good for a lot of things, especially stimulating the imagination.
When my sons were younger, we enjoyed a lot of evenings playing rousing games of Lord of the Rings Risk, Pokemon Monolopy or Battleship. Then they discovered xBox, Nintendo and Facebook.
Maybe the next time the power goes out, I can interest them in learning a new (old) game.