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No time for a proper article this month. I became an OAP in January and now I am being swamped with forms from the Pension Service, partly because I live abroad. But some questions are very difficult to answer. For example: They want me to give all the addresses I have lived at since I first...
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...
At one time in England it was fashionable for card game experts to use a pseudonym. A successful writer would find he could use his ‘name’ as a bargaining tool when it came to a new contract. It didn’t matter if you weren’t an expert of a second game, their nom de plume was seen as a guarantee for...
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...
Doing a lot of work in September so no time foir a review or similar. A very good friend here has sent me 180kg of catalogues, flyers,  press releases and magazines. They came in 18 boxes that weighed 10kg each. The picture alongside shows some of the distribtion and organisation but I had only...
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...
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...
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...

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