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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...
A LOOK AT THE CHARACTERS IN 'THE VOYAGES OF MARCO POLO', published by Hans im Glück Marco Polo, not to be confused with his English half-brother Minto Polo, was a 13th century merchant who opened up China and the Far East for trade with the west. This game reflects his travels as players lbuild...
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...
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...
A few days ago I received a mail from my old Spanish friend Anki Toner. Some of you will know his site but most of you won't. The link is www.cyclingboardgames.net Anki is easily the world's expert on cycling games. And he is a master of the internet. If my site is the burger bar in a street market...
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...
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...

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