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A LOOK AT THE CHARACTERS IN 'THE VOYAGES OF MARCO POLO', published by Hans im Glück Marco Polo, not to be confused with his English half-brother Minto Polo, was a 13th century merchant who opened up China and the Far East for trade with the west. This game reflects his travels as players lbuild...
It is June 2016. The weather here is best described as wet and warm. Warm enough to sit in my Strandkorb and watch Helga mowing the lawn (Helga has a terrific work ethic and who am I to stop such leanings?). Whilst sitting there a couple of days ago, my thoughts naturally led me to Christmas. I...
The first game I ever purchased with my own money, (i.e. not a game bought for the family), was Totopoly. My paper round circa 1960 gave me a little to spend each week. I cannot recall where I bought it, certainly not in a shop, much more likely in a Jumble Sale (Car Boot Fairs and Charity Shops...
This month we discovered a new game (which wasn’t very new, it was just new to us). Isle of Skye slipped under the radar, not only for us but many around the gaming community seemed to have missed it too. Isle of Skye may have suffered because at a quick glance it looks like a Carcassonne spin-off...
If you've ever watched Star Trek, you will recall the 3D chess game set up in Captain Kirk's quarters, The producers obviously thought that in a further two millenia no new game would be developed in all those years. But, in 1981, there was a new 3D game called Taliesin. The board is circular and...
Schmidt have added another game to their range of games that they hope will appeal to the gaming community rather than just families. We love Vienna so we were keen to try something new. The new game turned out to be Mount Drago. Schmidt published it in 2011 and it has definitely slipped under the...
This month I am looking at two vintage games. Both are family games and I have been playing them in my household for around 40 YEARS! And they still get asked for every year so that makes them two of the most popular games I have ever owned. Let’s look at them…… KÄNGURUH was designed by Alex...
Topical as always, I want to show you a game that we acquired on its initial release and then left it on the shelf for over a year (still shrink-wrapped!). The game is called Five Tribes and whilst it is competitive, it is not a war game. The title above is inspired by a hit song for Frankie goes...
I was an avid golfer once but in the middle 90's I had to stop due to back trouble. I was never a star golfer (although my eldest son is now) and I never got my handicap to any lower than 19. If I had done one more good round my handicap would have gone to 18 but I had to stop playing so it now...
Before we, the gaming community, got all ‘Eurogamey’, a sign of a good game was one that took hours and hours to play. You can blame Francis Tresham for that. His 1829 games and his Civilization game were both brilliant and l-oo-nnn-gggg !!! Other designers wanted to join this party and one of...

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