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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...
Topical as always, I want to show you a game that we acquired on its initial release and then left it on the shelf for over a year (still shrink-wrapped!). The game is called Five Tribes and whilst it is competitive, it is not a war game. The title above is inspired by a hit song for Frankie goes...
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...
After a major re-adjustment I have restored the problems of last month. You may have noticed that I didn't give the game information under each picture of my new games. My designer and I could not find a reason other than I had downloaded Windows 10 and something in that change caused the problem....
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...
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...
The giraffe (genus - Giraffa camelopardalis) is an African mammal, the tallest living terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant. Its chief distinguishing characteristics are its extremely long neck and legs and its distinctive coat patterns. It's appearance, being rather unique, makes it easily...
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...
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...

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