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On the brink of war in Europe, Gamage's (a very famous department store in London) published their catalogue for 1914. It is mostly full of furniture, clothes, bicycles, prams, etc., etc.. But they did have one page of board games, just the one page. I shall tell you about some of them. They did...
When Dungeons & Dragons appeared in England, Terrence Donnelly saw that there might be a gap in the market for a family fantasy board game. So he approached Philmar and they took a chance on The Sorcerer’s Cave. I said taking a chance because Donnelly’s game was unlike any other game produced...
Tom Schoeps’  DAS LETZTE KAMEL was published by FX Schmid in 1989. It is a race game but with a difference. You want your  camel to come last. I can’t recall if that was very novel in 1989, maybe it was because I imported it and found lots of buyers. My member of staff, Andy, even translated the...
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...
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...
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...
Packet Row was published by Pegasus Spiele in 2013. The game is set in New York in the mid-1850’s. At this time there were so many steam-packets arriving from all parts of the globe, they would be lined up along the docks and thus the area became known as ‘Packet Row’ (Michael Menzel’s superb...
Only bad news in September. My arthritis is significantly worse and my Tournament Director at both my Bridge clubs has owned up to cheating. I am not angry, just disappointed. He is ranked 17th in the world although I suspect that his ranking will plummet in the next weeks. Sad, sad day. Now to...
A few days ago I received a mail from my old Spanish friend Anki Toner. Some of you will know his site but most of you won't. The link is www.cyclingboardgames.net Anki is easily the world's expert on cycling games. And he is a master of the internet. If my site is the burger bar in a street market...
Last month I mentioned a new game called Deus, published by Pearl Games. I am glad to say that is very original nice to play. It reminds you of deck-building games like Dominion and Thunderstone but, at the same time, it isn't like them at all. It has a new system which challenges you create an '...

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