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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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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...
We need to go back 40 years when the games hobby that we know today was in its infancy.  Not that we were totally deprived.  There were some excellent games around even though the available titles were vastly reduced compared with today. Furthermore, there was no internet, which meant we were all...
Busy month on the card games front, mainly due to help from three of the nicest people in Europe, namely Rudolf, Gretel and Anki. Many thanks and your donations and advice. Both are greatly appreciated. In January (my birthday month) I am hoping to get some older German board games. My son Peter...
Last week I watched a program on the UK's Channel 4. Viewers to Channel 4 had been asked to choose their favourite toys. Of course, games counted as well and 22 made the final list. In the true tradition of such polls, I will give the results in reverse order. Coming in at Number 100 is RAVING...
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...
October already! Christmas is round the corner. Hard to believe here that a few months ago we were in the middle of a heat-wave. It really was hot, seriously hot. And, in a way, the good weather has prevailed. We go out for walks without a coat. Helga says that she cannot remember doing that before...
A relatively quiet month. I picked up a few at a flea-market but most of the games came courtesy of my son Peter who lives in Norfolk and visits as many Boot Fairs as he can. As usual, if you want to know more, please ask. Plus: Can anyone explain to me how to make MicroBadges on the BGG. Here is...
Blow Football is an iconic British game. I expect that every British game publisher in the last 125 years made an edition, some, like Spears, probably made over a dozen editions throughout their history. Of course, it was also taken up in other countries where football was played. For example, go...
This month I acquired a game to add to my Comical Games archive. It is called Frag und Antwortspiel. I thought that was a little unusual because games within that family of games always have the word Frage, the plural of Frag. The game is in a sleeve rather than a box and the sleeve and cards are...

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