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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Another month goes by. When you are an old man like me, the years  pass by far too quickly. At least, it feels that way. Sigh!!! My normal electic collection of new items this month. Which is not good says Dusa because she feels we have too many "dusty old games" already.  She is right but I just...
These are the games that Card Tower has acquired this month. An interesting variety from the sublime to the ridiculous. If you want to know more about specific games, please let me know. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Lakeside 1975  Acquire Selecta 1995 The a-MAZE-ing Labyrinth...
So many games in May, I have had to split the articles because of memory problems... Sleuth Schmidt Snoopy Dodgem Game Peter Pan Playthings 1965 Spielesammlung Kaufhof Spiele-Set Arko Spin to Win Spears 1977 Spinner Fun Philmar 1960 Star Wars Adventures of R2-D2...
Every month I acquire more games. Some from successful auction bids, some as gifts, some as Fleamarket finds, and so on. The mix is extremely eclectic and I thought it might be an interesting project to do an article each month showing the new arrivals. I intend only showing a scan of the box lid....

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