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Amongst my 200+ versions of Schwarzer Peter, I liked a version published by ASS sometime before the war. The cute graphics attracted me but I assumed that it was an ASS in-house illustrator. And then I found a version and the artist was credited as "nach entwurfen von Lisbeth Hönigsmann" (from...
Tags: ASS
Picked up this interesting quartett yesterday. It is completely new to me. I would guess it dates back to around 1968, partly because of the images of the singers featured in the game and partly because their hit songs are listed and I can date when the last one was a best-seller. There are two...
Tags: FX Schmid
At sometime in the 1930's the game of Strip Tease was published by Raphael Industries. The naked lady on the cover is preserving her modesty behind the cross banner saying the name of the game. The subject matter is very unusual and risqué for its time. Four players are needed. Two players will be...
Those of you who collect British card games would have noticed that the vintage games normally have "Registered or Entered' at Stationer's Hall on the box and/or the rules. This appeared to represent a basic form of copyright. I have researched a little on the subject to see if I could unearth a...
When I was growing up, a tin of Andrews Liver Salts was always in the medicine cabinet. In our family, no-one knew what it was made from, we only knew that if you were feeling a bit tired or hung-over in the morning, a nice glass of Andrews was a real pick-me-up. You tipped a generous spoonful into...
My game of Convoy has nothing to do with trucking (although Milton Bradley did make a game called Breaker 19 in 1976 and that is about trucking). This Convoy is a game about getting a convoy home in WWII. The game was published by Tree Brand and I do not think they made any other game. The game is...
From all the Disney charactersations, Bambi the deer is one of the most loved. The story of the young Bambi learning how to survive in the forest. His lessons are not only from his mother but also from two special friends, Thumper the rabbit and Flower the skunk. In 1942, feature animations were...
Today I acquired an assortment of cards from an early Frage und Antwort game. I am dating it from around 1920 to 1930. The cards are probably all by the same artist but seem to be from three different editions. It would be nice if someone from the European Collector's Guild (ESG) could help me with...
We always have a game session at least once a week (sometimes twice but with a different group of players). This month we have played the ubiquitous Terra Mystica (despite a massive number of plays, I still haven't played all the races). But, yesterday, we went back to an old favourite, Die Burgen...
I have never been good at word games. In fact, I do not own any edition of Scrabble, but I do own several other card games and board games that feature word-creating. Today I am concentrating on games where you collect individual cards or tiles and form words to score points. Furthermore, in the...

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