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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...
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 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...
So, June draws to an end. The weather here in Northern Germany remains extremely pleasant. I suspect the gardeners hereabouts are desperate for rain. As I am going to look at a game in the Wild West, it is appropriate to say that a Red Indian Rain Dance is called for. I have persuaded my squaw to...
I like May. Two Bank Holidays for a start. The weather remains calm and benign. Are we heading for a scorcher of a summer or will fate take a hand and inflict on us a seriously wet and cold summer? The city is full of tourists and it is not even school holidays yet, so firms that organise city...
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 '...
I hope you all have recovered after indulging in Christmas and New Year. Here at Chez-Osten, all is well. We have joined another Bridge club so we are now playing three times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). Jürgen gave me a nice birthday present, Doe Schlösser des König Ludwig. It seemed to...

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