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Gary Pressler
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In celebration of the 100th anniversary its original publication by Parker Brothers (now pronounced Hazz'-brO), Winning Moves has licensed and released a version of Pit called "Classic Pit" in a rather attractive tin.

The "classic" part of the name is due to their reproducing the original 1904 card artwork. However they have added an extra suit of Rice, to allow 8 players, and a "deluxe" bell. (They have also produced a "100th Anniversary Edition" which comes in a cardboard box containing the 1904 reproduction deck and a new deck with updated commodities such as oil and cocoa, but no bell.)

You can see a picture of "Classic Pit" in the images section here. I saw that picture before I purchased my set, and it ends up that what you don't see in that photo is what made all the difference to me.

I absolutely love Pit. It's frenzied and you'd be hard pressed to suggest a game with more player interaction (Tuba Ruba and Twister aside). However, I'm all about the details. The newer (1990s) edition is nice, but oranges and coffee just don't fit. This is all about grain! Gotta have my flax, dang it! (Heck, I didn't know what flax was until I played this years ago.) So when I heard about this "Classic" version with the original grains (plus the bonus rice) and the original artwork, I scooped it up.

But again, I'll have you look at the photo. You can see the lovely tin, the (not so) deluxe bell, the menacing bear, the untrustworthy bull, and the back of the deck. However, what you can't see are the fronts of any of the grain cards. The problem is that they all feature an identical picture of a trading floor scene. The name of the grain is printed in two corners and its value is printed in a box in the center of the picture. I suppose the cost of printing individual lithographs of each grain may have been cost prohibitive in 1904. However, this really affects my game. Speed is of the essence in this game, and thus I have always used the pictures to quickly sort out what I offer and receive in trades. Now I have to read, which in my case, is a slower affair. (This is further hampering to me since I always hold my cards in a reverse fan, but that's my own foible.) I honestly wouldn't have purchased this edition had I known. To their credit, Winning Moves does show what the grain cards look like on the sides and bottom of the tin. However, this did me no good as I ordered it online.

One other annoyance that deserves notice is the plastic tray within the tin. When I first opened the game, I spent a good five minutes, minimum, trying to get the bell out without damaging the tray. The bell was positively stuck. I removed the tray to try to push the bell out from the bottom. It ends up there is a ridge that secures the bell into the tray. That's all well and good, since I certainly don't want the bell clanging round inside the tin. However, there is no way to get your fingers beneath the bell to pull it up and out of the ridge. You can get two fingers around the sides of the bell, but you cannot grip it to pull, what with it being all bell-shaped and such. I popped it out after removing the tray, but this required crushing the plastic trough below the bell. I tried to smooth out the ridge some, but when I replaced the bell, it was just as stuck as before. I finally gently crushed the tray in such a way that the bell is reasonably secure, but loose enough to pull up from the sides. Maybe mine was a mis-mold, but it was quite frustrating.

Anyway, all told, I'll probably end up just using the tin, sans tray, for miscellaneous game parts or cookies or both. I'll just have to play enough to wear out the cards and warrant buying an old set off eBay. As a final shameless beg, if you found this helpful (or even amusing), a single donated piece of GeekGold would be appreciated so I can finally get myself an avatar. I didn't want to post this as a User Review since this is only about one specific production, and not the game itself. Of course, if I already have an avatar whe you read this, nevermind. (Although a badge would be nice, too!)

So, I would very much suggest getting either the regular Pit or "Deluxe Pit" (if you want the bell) from Winning Moves, unless you really need an attractive container for pastries. Otherwise the "Classic Pit" version just isn't worth it.

-Gary P-
 
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Major Hieken
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Re:Classic Pit: warning
GaryP (#35249),
This was an excellent game that we played during break at our University's student union. People would look at us like we were crazy, but it was great fun. You got to have the call bell to set the game off. If you don't have one, you can sometimes find them on Ebay or a place I found on the web - http://www.cleansweepsupply.com/pages/skugroup11761.html
So anybody looking for a great party game, this is the one.
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Gary Pressler
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Re:Classic Pit: warning
Just a quick follow-up...

I hosted an end of the semester game party here last night. One friend works nights and had to leave shortly after dinner. However, he spied the pretty Pit tin and asked to play a few rounds before he left. After quickly explaining the rules to the two who hadn't played before, we got 8 rounds in before he left. I must admit that the game played more smoothly than I had expected with the identically illustrated cards. However, I still felt it was harder to quickly find the border between suits in my hand. It was still the joy that is Pit, but I would nonetheless suggest one of the newer editions.
 
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Jerry McVicker
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Re:Classic Pit: warning
GaryP (#35609),


I got the same version and I love it. I like the classic look. If you had read carefully, you would have realized that the cards were a reprint of the original 1904 version, which they are. As to the hinderance of play by not having the "picture" of the grain on the card...bah.
 
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Re:Classic Pit: warning
GaryP (#35249),

Hmmm, I have only played the classic Pit tin version, and I've never had a problem with the grains. I had the same problem with the bell, but I did get it out without crushing the plastic, and the bell will rest snug back in the tin without having to get stuck again. (and even cooler, in that position you can ring the bell by smacking the right part of the tin lid - whenever people see the game laying around, they always have to try it. =-) )
 
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