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No time for a proper article this month. I became an OAP in January and now I am being swamped with forms from the Pension Service, partly because I live abroad. But some questions are very difficult to answer. For example: They want me to give all the addresses I have lived at since I first...
This month we discovered a new game (which wasn’t very new, it was just new to us). Isle of Skye slipped under the radar, not only for us but many around the gaming community seemed to have missed it too. Isle of Skye may have suffered because at a quick glance it looks like a Carcassonne spin-off...
If you've ever watched Star Trek, you will recall the 3D chess game set up in Captain Kirk's quarters, The producers obviously thought that in a further two millenia no new game would be developed in all those years. But, in 1981, there was a new 3D game called Taliesin. The board is circular and...
This has been an excellent game for obtaining older Quartetts, as you will see in the images below. Especially pleased with Führer und Helden im Welthriege (Leaders and Heroes of the World War. Made in 1914/15 it features German leaders and soldiers. Of course, the Kaiser is the number 1 card....
Only bad news in September. My arthritis is significantly worse and my Tournament Director at both my Bridge clubs has owned up to cheating. I am not angry, just disappointed. He is ranked 17th in the world although I suspect that his ranking will plummet in the next weeks. Sad, sad day. Now to...
Let's face it, camels are ugly, very ugly. Yet, their very ugliness renders them rather cute and game makers have often remembered this and included their images in games. The Camel (genus Camelus) is known as 'The Ship of the Desert', not because it's humps are full of water but because their body...
The Fox (Canidae, Carnivora, Mammalia) is a world-wide animal now. In the UK in particular, it was the focus of hunting parties and chased by hounds until death, brought on simply by exhaustion. I am glad to say that such hunting is now banned in Great Britain. The habitat of the English fox has...
ABC des Schlaumeiers Berliner Trivia game. Name translates to ABC for clever-clogs Advance Junior Version Denys Fisher 1975 Simple war game that uses a battery operated device to determine hits or misses The Adventures of Captain Can Carnaud Metalbox A promotional game for a company who...
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...
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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