May 2013

My game of Convoy has nothing to do with trucking (although Milton Bradley did make a game called Breaker 19 in 1976 and that is about trucking). This Convoy is a game about getting a convoy home in WWII. The game was published by Tree Brand and I do not think they made any other game. The game is...
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From all the Disney charactersations, Bambi the deer is one of the most loved. The story of the young Bambi learning how to survive in the forest. His lessons are not only from his mother but also from two special friends, Thumper the rabbit and Flower the skunk. In 1942, feature animations were...
Today I acquired an assortment of cards from an early Frage und Antwort game. I am dating it from around 1920 to 1930. The cards are probably all by the same artist but seem to be from three different editions. It would be nice if someone from the European Collector's Guild (ESG) could help me with...
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We always have a game session at least once a week (sometimes twice but with a different group of players). This month we have played the ubiquitous Terra Mystica (despite a massive number of plays, I still haven't played all the races). But, yesterday, we went back to an old favourite, Die Burgen...
I have never been good at word games. In fact, I do not own any edition of Scrabble, but I do own several other card games and board games that feature word-creating. Today I am concentrating on games where you collect individual cards or tiles and form words to score points. Furthermore, in the...
Kabale und Hiebe, Hans im Glück
Yesterday we played a game that we have owned since 2006 and we had never got around to playing (in fact, it was still shrink-wrapped!!). The game is Kabale und Hiebe and was published by Hans im Glück. The designer is Lutz Stepponat, a name new to me. The game is simply terrific and I will try to...
Elsewhere in these pages, I mentioned the fact that Question & Answer games are very popular in Germany. Editions were made for children and adults. The cards themselves are usually cheap, with just text on them. Draw a card, read it out, someone else draws an answer card and reads that out....
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It is not surprising that The Netherlands should adopt the German Schwarzer Peter style games and not the English Old Maid version of the game. They are a land neighbour of Germany after all.. Here are some examples in my collection: ASS Artwork by Otto Pech Eldorado Jumbo Jumbo...
Whoever invented Top Trumps (a question never proved), he or she set off the perfect game for boys. I say boys because the sheer range of subject matter in the games are 99% aimed at boys. There might be the odd tom-girl who might want to own a pack but I suspect that if girls did play the game, it...
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(If you know nothing about Runebound, you may wish to skip this article). Runebound, published by Fantasy Flight Games, is the favourite two-player game for Helga and myself. The game is set in the fantasy world of Terrinoth. It is a dice-fest but it is full of micro-decisions, which is why we like...

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