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The Monkey (Ceboidea - New World or Cercopithecoidea - Old World) has long been used on boxes and cards. Main reason I think would be because they are associated with fun and mischief. "Is he up to monkey business?" is how a policeman might describe a known criminal. And Blackadder might say "He is...
Stefan Feld is the highest rated designer of games in recent years. The adjective 'Feldian' has come into popular use when describing a game that has various ways of earning victory points but also includes some luck element. We are under the Feldian spell ourselves because we like light to medium...
English readers will know Rupert Bear. He first appeared in the Daily Express newspaper in 1920 and is still there today. He was created by artist Mary Tourtel but the most famous artist in the world of Rupert was Alfred Bestall. He created the iconic look of Rupert, a red top with yellow checked...
  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...

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