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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.
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...

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