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Thanks to a couple of old friends I have been pitched into the universe of Promos that promote games. They are usually a modest item. Many card games have Promos that consist of just one card. Example: The Verfluchte (The Damned in English) for the game Mascarado. Boardgames often have a Promo of...
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...
Thinking about Lines of Action reminded me of Ramses, another game where movement is determined by the number of pieces. And, thinking about Ramses made think of China Moon, another game where you move your opponents pieces. And thinking about China Moon has not only made me think about the game...
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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...
At one time in England it was fashionable for card game experts to use a pseudonym. A successful writer would find he could use his ‘name’ as a bargaining tool when it came to a new contract. It didn’t matter if you weren’t an expert of a second game, their nom de plume was seen as a guarantee for...
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...

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