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Thanks to a couple of old friends I have been pitched into the universe of Promos that promote games. They are usually a modest item. Many card games have Promos that consist of just one card. Example: The Verfluchte (The Damned in English) for the game Mascarado. Boardgames often have a Promo of...
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...
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...
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...
This has been an excellent game for obtaining older Quartetts, as you will see in the images below. Especially pleased with Führer und Helden im Welthriege (Leaders and Heroes of the World War. Made in 1914/15 it features German leaders and soldiers. Of course, the Kaiser is the number 1 card....
I thought it might be fun to find cards that depicted someone famous, someone not associated with games or gaming usually. Of course, there are many that feature in Quartetts, and I have included some, but there are well-known people who pop up in some unlikely places. Under each picture there is...
After a major re-adjustment I have restored the problems of last month. You may have noticed that I didn't give the game information under each picture of my new games. My designer and I could not find a reason other than I had downloaded Windows 10 and something in that change caused the problem....
So, June draws to an end. The weather here in Northern Germany remains extremely pleasant. I suspect the gardeners hereabouts are desperate for rain. As I am going to look at a game in the Wild West, it is appropriate to say that a Red Indian Rain Dance is called for. I have persuaded my squaw to...
I have a good friend here ('Hello, Ingo") who collects games associated with the law amongst other themes he collects. That set me thinking. How many policemen can I recall on boxes or cards. Quite a lot in the end. Here in Germany there are many games related to road safety, which is a good thing...
The giraffe (genus - Giraffa camelopardalis) is an African mammal, the tallest living terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant. Its chief distinguishing characteristics are its extremely long neck and legs and its distinctive coat patterns. It's appearance, being rather unique, makes it easily...

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