The Milton Bradley Company (MB) was an American board game company established by Milton Bradley (born: November 8, 1836, died: May 30, 1911) in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1860. In 1920, it absorbed the game production of McLoughlin Brothers, formerly the largest game manufacturer in the United States.
Milton Bradley was taken over by Hasbro, Inc., in 1984. Now wholly owned by Hasbro, it was still used as one of Hasbro's brands, similar to the manner in which Parker Brothers is one of Hasbro's brands. It was a board game and sometimes video game publisher. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Milton Bradley marketed a series of games in North America that were developed in the United Kingdom by Games Workshop (GW) that drew heavily from GW's Warhammer Fantasy universe, albeit without explicit reference to the Warhammer product line.
MB was sued by two men who claimed to have presented the original concept for Dark Tower to Milton Bradley in the late Seventies, at which point, MB declined to pursue it, but thereafter "independently" developed the game. As part of the resolution of the lawsuit, Milton Bradley pulled the game off the market, and it was never republished.
James J. Shea was the board chairman of the Milton Bradley Company who rescued the company from going into bankruptcy.
Milton Bradley merged with Parker Brothers in 1998 to form Hasbro Games. In 2009, Hasbro dropped the brands Parker Brothers and Milton Bradley in favor of the parent company's name.
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