John Waddington

Thanks to a couple of old friends I have been pitched into the universe of Promos that promote games. They are usually a modest item. Many card games have Promos that consist of just one card. Example: The Verfluchte (The Damned in English) for the game Mascarado. Boardgames often have a Promo of...
It was with some sadness that today I learned that Richard Sharp had died in 2003. Whilst I worked in the Games Centre shop in London, I met Richard. It was obvious then that he was very intelligent and bursting with ideas. 7 or 8 years later he wrote one o0f the finest books ever written about...
The first game I ever purchased with my own money, (i.e. not a game bought for the family), was Totopoly. My paper round circa 1960 gave me a little to spend each week. I cannot recall where I bought it, certainly not in a shop, much more likely in a Jumble Sale (Car Boot Fairs and Charity Shops...
Packet Row was published by Pegasus Spiele in 2013. The game is set in New York in the mid-1850’s. At this time there were so many steam-packets arriving from all parts of the globe, they would be lined up along the docks and thus the area became known as ‘Packet Row’ (Michael Menzel’s superb...
I thought it might be fun to find cards that depicted someone famous, someone not associated with games or gaming usually. Of course, there are many that feature in Quartetts, and I have included some, but there are well-known people who pop up in some unlikely places. Under each picture there is...
I have a good friend here ('Hello, Ingo") who collects games associated with the law amongst other themes he collects. That set me thinking. How many policemen can I recall on boxes or cards. Quite a lot in the end. Here in Germany there are many games related to road safety, which is a good thing...
Last month I mentioned a new game called Deus, published by Pearl Games. I am glad to say that is very original nice to play. It reminds you of deck-building games like Dominion and Thunderstone but, at the same time, it isn't like them at all. It has a new system which challenges you create an '...
Humpty Dumpty must be one of the most famous rhymes in the English language. It is, of course, a nursery rhyme and is beloved by children. The most famous version of the rhyme is; Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king's horses and all the king's men Couldn't...
Another month goes by. When you are an old man like me, the years  pass by far too quickly. At least, it feels that way. Sigh!!! My normal electic collection of new items this month. Which is not good says Dusa because she feels we have too many "dusty old games" already.  She is right but I just...
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