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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...
Schmidt have added another game to their range of games that they hope will appeal to the gaming community rather than just families. We love Vienna so we were keen to try something new. The new game turned out to be Mount Drago. Schmidt published it in 2011 and it has definitely slipped under the...
This month I am looking at two vintage games. Both are family games and I have been playing them in my household for around 40 YEARS! And they still get asked for every year so that makes them two of the most popular games I have ever owned. Let’s look at them…… KÄNGURUH was designed by Alex...
Before we, the gaming community, got all ‘Eurogamey’, a sign of a good game was one that took hours and hours to play. You can blame Francis Tresham for that. His 1829 games and his Civilization game were both brilliant and l-oo-nnn-gggg !!! Other designers wanted to join this party and one of...
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...
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....
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...
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...

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