I think it is great that some people still play board games. Computers and apps and stuff have made most of those old popular games obsolete.
We played this for years without any fancy store bought board. A paper, a pencil, you draw a hangmen’s noose, add spaces below the noose, give a clue and play. What are people paying Parker Brothers for? The rules…like they’re so complicated.
Milton Bradley supplies the different size ships, a board with zones, pegs, and something to separate both playing grids. We used graph paper, penciled in our ships, and simply x’ed out every called grid block. If a ship was hit then you said, “You hit my battleship.” Kinda like the MB version. Any large box cover served to separate the two sheets of graph paper.
I was taught this game by my Grandma’s friend my Aunt Betts long before it was sold on the shelf of “Toy’s R Us.” Apparently it was a game invented by boating enthusiasts to pass the nights at sea away; hence the name “Yaghtsy” or Yatzee. All you need for this game are dice (5), a piece of paper and a pencil to record the scoring possibilities with the dice…pair, two pair, three of a kind, full house, straight, four of a kind and Yatzee or five of a kind.