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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).

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  This popular card game probably sold very well when it was issued in around 1923 because there seem to still be plenty around today. I have been fascinated by the cards ever since my childhood as my parents had the game in the house when I was born. I spent many happy days laying out the...
Tags: Chad Valley
More party games you can try for youself, but first: Here are the answers to September's posers, featuring objects photographed from unusual angles. The two games were Guess What and What Can It Be?, both by Pepys. There were 12 pictures in each box and here are the answers: Guess What (Series 5...
I have a passion for Fairy Stories and how they originated. If you asked people in the street where Fairy Stories priginated, they will probably give you one of three answers: Answer One: Hans Christian Andersen Answer Two; The Brothers Grimm Answer Three: I don't know Fairy Sories have crossed...
Thus begins The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein. I think this must be the most-read book amongst game fans, certainly of my generation. Dungeons & Dragons made sure we fell collectively into the open hands of fantasy novels and The Lord of the Rings was the king of such books. Many attempts...
Party games involving photographs of everyday objects from unusual angles must have been hugely popular. The big three publishers in this field, Universal Publications Ltd (UPL), Party Games Publishers (PGP) and Pepys, all made many editions on this theme. It was very cheap to make. Just get a...
Tags: Pepys
I have found some old catalogue entries with many games that have been sold from the 1880's to just before World War One. Most of these games are well known. For example, there are copious Fishing games (hook fish either by getting your hook into a small ring on the fish (hard) or catching the fish...
I am sure you read with interest last month's article on Sectional Games. To remind you, this them is Neil's and relates to games where the cards form an image when matched togeter or games where the board is made from the cards and constructed during the game. Neil Darbyshire has a unique...
This week I am very lucky to have an article about card games that use cards to 'build' images. The author is Neil Darbyshire, one of the most knowledgeable collectors in Britain and is definitely the top authority on games by C.W. Faulkner, and it was Faulkner who made the Misfitz range of games,...
Every Brit of my generation will have the name 'Dresden' seared in their memory. The bombing of German cities in WWII is well documented and , of course, was a tragedy for the German people (much as was the bombing of London and Coventry for the British). However, Dresden serves as a premiere...
Tags: ASS
To continue last month's theme of circa 1935 British party games, this rather dull box housed a game inside called Square Pegs in Round Holes. It was published by a company called Universal Publications Ltd., a London based publisher of books in the main, but who made such games for years. They...
Tags: U.P.L.

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