Kosmos

Port Royal is a card game with some novel ideas. The cards allow to plunder ships, recruit pirates and a few are missions and taxes that are due. The objective is to accrue shields and when a player gets at least 12 Shields, everyone else gets one more turn. After that the player with the most...
                                                             GADZOOKS!! A card game that is complete and there isn’t a Booster to buy for it. It is called PLAGUE & PESTILENCE It is a card game from the USA, made by the charmingly titled publisher, Hilary’s Toy Box. If my memory serves me right...
As usual, I am far too busy to do anything in depth but before I list games received this month, I want to mention a relatively new game, Ulm by Huch!. It came out at Essen last year I believe but we had never heard of it when we were given the game this month. It is very 'Feldian', an adjective...
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...
On the brink of war in Europe, Gamage's (a very famous department store in London) published their catalogue for 1914. It is mostly full of furniture, clothes, bicycles, prams, etc., etc.. But they did have one page of board games, just the one page. I shall tell you about some of them. They did...
When Dungeons & Dragons appeared in England, Terrence Donnelly saw that there might be a gap in the market for a family fantasy board game. So he approached Philmar and they took a chance on The Sorcerer’s Cave. I said taking a chance because Donnelly’s game was unlike any other game produced...
Tom Schoeps’  DAS LETZTE KAMEL was published by FX Schmid in 1989. It is a race game but with a difference. You want your  camel to come last. I can’t recall if that was very novel in 1989, maybe it was because I imported it and found lots of buyers. My member of staff, Andy, even translated the...
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...
It is June 2016. The weather here is best described as wet and warm. Warm enough to sit in my Strandkorb and watch Helga mowing the lawn (Helga has a terrific work ethic and who am I to stop such leanings?). Whilst sitting there a couple of days ago, my thoughts naturally led me to Christmas. I...
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...

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