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We at Card Tower are very pleased that you have dropped by. Please take some time to look through our various features. All images and text are my copyright but if you would like to make use of something on the site you must ask for permission. If we have helped you in any way, then please consider a donation, no matter how small, which will help us add new material to the site.

Our articles are 95% game-related and often offer a quirky look at games. Currently, articles include reviews, artwork, and humourous looks at the world of gaming.

Our 'Books, Magazines and Catalogues' archive features all sorts of ephemera about games. Books and magazines, of course, but also catalogues, and so on. Use our exclusive 'Look Inside' feature that offers you the chance to look inside the various entries. Haven't you always wished to take a peek inside the covers of a vintage catalogue that you have seen elsewhere on the intenet? Well, now you can. This feature is in its infancy but we add to it almost every day.

Our 'Comical Games' archive features games that are not really games, but do provide many hours of entertainment (the same as a game in that regard).

Our 'Looking for Rules?' archive includes many examples of rules to mostly vintage games. Download them as you need them. Plus, we intend to add rules for 'public domain' type games such as party games (Blind Man's Bluff, Treasure Hunts, etc.).

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Cars are often on game boxes but they tend to be cars in sports, Formula 1, Rallying, Stock Car Racing, and so on. The humble family car is just not an attraction to buyers, at least that is what publishers think. But some have got through the 'net'. Spika Jumbo Piatnik Lehrmittel...
Game publishers have often used the circus as their theme, simply because it will attract children and attract parents who are buying a game for their offspring ("Oh! Johnny loves the circus, he will love this game"). Personally I am not a fan. Animals always seemed so sad to be performing every...
Old Maid is a 19th century creation and it seems to be popular all over the world. It is a game that someone loses rather than wins and you lose because you hold the Old Maid card after all the other cards have been paired off. The  Encyclopedia Britannica at the start of the 20th century described...
DOGS: Latin name Canis lupus familiaris Dogs have been domesticated for 15,000 years at least. They were of great help to the earliest hunter-gatherers and their use was spread world-wide. And now they are faithful pets more often than not. Their use in images related to card games is also...


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