Welcome to the Card Tower

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.).

Subscribers are very welcome. Our secure server will keep your email details very safe (my developer says it is the same system used by the White House in America!). But, please note, we cannot accept Hotmail in any subscriber's email address due to heavy amounts of spam submissions. Sorry to all 'Hotmailers' out there.

Our friends at Abacus have helped us with their support. Please check out their site by clicking on their logo below. It is well worth a visit. Now, enjoy your visit to Card-Tower.

 

Click here to visit Abacus

 

I hope you can all sing along to the Mary Hopkin reference in the title. I happen to know that Mary is a keen gamer, not hardcore like us but she enjoys the popular games like Scrabble and Trivial Pursuit. I came across a game recently that is linked to British Nursery Rhymes. The game is Bobs y'r...
Tags: Waddingtons
It has been known for thousands of years that the Brits love beer! And, over the years, they have had a wide range of beers to choose from: Pale Ale, Brown Ale, Lager, Mild, Stout, and more.  Plus you can choose Draught Ale, Bottled/Canned Ale or Real Ale. CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) is largely...
Blindman's Buff must be the most famous party game in the world. Everyone knows the rules, everybody enjoys playing it or just laughing at other guests playing it. Kids' play it, even adults have been known to play. And, if it was the first game in the family of games that require a blindfold, then...
Louis Wain (5 August 1860 – 4 July 1939) was an English artist who is forever associated with cats. They are distinctively 'Wainish' in their style, a style he didn't adopt until the period of his wife's terminal illness. Wain started his career working for magazines like the Illustrated London...
Britain clearly loved party games from the 1920's onwards. It bordered on a passion because many companies tried their luck with such games. Some notable publishers in the field of boxed party games included Dennis's (usually using their brand name of "The Dainty Series"), Universal Publications...
I found a dusty old book in my 'library' (i.e. on one of my book-shelves), that is called The Children's Treasure Book for 1938: Stories and Games for Girls and Boys. It really is a lovely book. From the moment you see the gorgeous cover, you expect to see it filled with evocative contents and it...
Here at Card Tower, one of our favourite games to collect are 'Happy Families'. The game often brings out the best in illustrators in my opinion. They create a host of memorable characters such as Mister Dose the Doctor or Mrs Snip, the Tailor's Wife. As in most other countries (but known in Europe...
Tags: Grimaud
OK, I admit it, I am a sucker for any German game with the word 'Märchen' in the title. This nearly always means quartetts but I have others, a lotto game for instance. What really interests me is the fairy tales in German games are sometimes different to those in a British game on the same subject...
Tags: ASS
John Jaques' game of Happy Families was the first of its kind. It involved the collection of four card sets by each player. The game rules were used by other companies and were primarily called Quartets in Europe and Game of Authors in North America. Jaques thought that the rules could be used for...
Tags: Jaques
And the black stuff that I am referring to, is Guinness, Ireland's greatest export. It is famed for its flavour (an acquired taste that I never acquired), its 'head' of white that forms as it is poured into glasses, its use of a toucan as a logo/trademark, and, most of all in recent years, for its...

Pages

Subscribe to Front page feed