When Silicon Valley was a board game

Long before HBO turned silicon into television comedy gold, the region got a foothold in living rooms through a 1980 board game, In the Chips: Silicon Valley. BoardGameGeek.com, an enthusiast website, estimates that 30,000 copies were sold. A cross between the Game of Life and Monopoly, the game allowed players to earn a salary, buy homes and cars and choose investments. Scott Kildall, a San Francisco multimedia artist who grew up outside Monterey and whose family worked in tech, declared it “unplayable.”

— Owen Thomas