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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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April showers is a perfect description of the weather in Northern Germany today. Yesterday was the complete opposite. I have no idea if global warming is affecting our weather but it has certainly been mild winters for a few years now. I feel sorry for hibernating animals, their lives must be...
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...
Let's face it, camels are ugly, very ugly. Yet, their very ugliness renders them rather cute and game makers have often remembered this and included their images in games. The Camel (genus Camelus) is known as 'The Ship of the Desert', not because it's humps are full of water but because their body...
Last month I mentioned a new game called Deus, published by Pearl Games. I am glad to say that is very original nice to play. It reminds you of deck-building games like Dominion and Thunderstone but, at the same time, it isn't like them at all. It has a new system which challenges you create an '...
Humpty Dumpty must be one of the most famous rhymes in the English language. It is, of course, a nursery rhyme and is beloved by children. The most famous version of the rhyme is; Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king's horses and all the king's men Couldn't...
I recently added images from an old game called THE CAVALRY GAME to my collection of images. It was published by Thomas de la Rue in the 19th century (circa 1890 to 1895). The game is another version of games like Happy Families (Quartetts in Germany) except that the sets have different numbers of...
Tags: De La Rue
Busy month. Three friends have sent me some English games, mostly party games (which I love even though the boxes are rather dull). Jürgen has given me several German games and my Spanish friend has sent more Top Trumps editions. And, finally, a box full of games and toys came from a UK auction...
The Fox (Canidae, Carnivora, Mammalia) is a world-wide animal now. In the UK in particular, it was the focus of hunting parties and chased by hounds until death, brought on simply by exhaustion. I am glad to say that such hunting is now banned in Great Britain. The habitat of the English fox has...
I hope you all have recovered after indulging in Christmas and New Year. Here at Chez-Osten, all is well. We have joined another Bridge club so we are now playing three times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). Jürgen gave me a nice birthday present, Doe Schlösser des König Ludwig. It seemed to...
All over the wortld people have been playing a game where the objective is to collect sets of four cards. They all follow the same rules. In continental Europe it is known as a Quartet (but with their national spelling of that name. Examples - Quartett in Germany, Kwartet in Holland, and so on. But...

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