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Winter Is Coming

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Two so-called 'friends' are conspiring to remove all spare cash from my pocket by sending me links to this and that and the other; if it's not Richard and a variety of excellent, essential books, it's Phil Dennis and some vintage products that either he has already (most likely) or isn't particularly interested in.

Phil, you see, curates his collection of vintage games and has nurtured great discipline over the years. Me? Well, I'm at the "Wow! that looks so cool so I'll have it!" stage; a withering space for storage may temper this addiction but, perhaps, the exit of several children to "places of their own" may just exacerbate it!

The most recent of Mr D's recommendations was a select of Chad Valley 1900s games that I lost out to in an online auction despite auto-bidding the selling price:

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However, the one prior to that I managed to bag and immensely pleased I am too:

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This is a roll-and-move affair but - great scott! - what a beautiful arrangement!

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Battered and bruised

I _did_ find another part-copy on eBay this week but the bidding went from a sedate £5-£10 up to the £50 mark in the last 30 seconds (!) - thankfully, I backed away from the frenzy with a cool head.

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So, without lamenting what I could've had, let's enjoy what I actually got:

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Reed arla bartit!

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Fleet Street caught my eye - and my wallet to the tune of a tenner* - purely because of the way it looked: I was immediately struck by the presentation - functional but design-y, wittily jarring (the 'newspapers' - course - vs the 'magazines' - colourful and elegant) and an absolute snapshot of its Time (the 1920s):

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Rules-wise, this is a cut-down version of Pit - and who doesn't love bit of noisy, shower-of-cardboard argy-bargy every now and again?


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The box is very sturdy card...


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...contrasted by the flimsy, wallpaper texture of the cards themselves. This is not a 'sturdy' product so it's all-the-more delightful to find a copy in one piece.


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The Cards - 1


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*(in case you're wondering, I recently purged a view modern items from my shelves to fund these more worthy treasures)
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Travelling without Moving

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One more for my Pepys (Castell Brothers) collection in the form of British Towns:

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It's 'Happy Families' but where the families are different sizes...and they're settlements rather than people.

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The pics, as ever, are gorgeous; the whole package is a pocket-sized Joy.

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Actually, I've been mulling on a twist to Happy Families myself: some Tony 'spice' to inject a little mayhem* in to the traditionally-twee mix. No doubt I shall be blogging about it soon enough!



*effects when you 'take', effects when you 'give', effects when you complete a set and so on
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Happy Tramilies

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This bijou gem from the 1970s just oozes with the brown/orange/yellow/lime green palette of that curious decade:

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The thirty-six cards occupy the top third of the box, with the rest of the depth closed-off by a rigid insert.

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The clothes!


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So. Much. Yellow.


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Bunking up.


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The sense of emptiness; of desolation.


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Every day was a Summer's day.


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That's all she wrote.


The 1970s, in the UK, halo-ed in the afterglow of the late 1960s - like the whole decade had eaten Ready Brek - struggling to find its own identity amid a growing, grinding, societal gloom; the desperation swept away by the Silver Jubilee, punk/new wave and the rampant greed/speed of the 1980s. I kinda miss it.
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Bingo!

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I saw a TV programme about Lego collectors a few years ago and one particular obsessive had bought himself a second house in which he kept his collection: every room filled with shelves, boxes, buckets and cabinets and the the whole lot was worth more than the bricks and mortar in which it was housed - phenomenal. Indeed, if I didn't have a Shed in which to house carefully-layered boxes of dusty memorabilia, I might be forced to evict at least one of the kids to get back the much-needed storage space.

We do have an attic that could probably do with a cut-throat clear-out: it's open from one end of the house to the other, so maybe THAT could do with some IKEA-fication and become my new peace-of-Mind retreat? It's got my 520 progs (the first 10 years) of 2000AD up there too, so between the railway books and my comics I'd have plenty to read with a steamy chai - oooh, that's got me thinkin', as the cold water tank is up there too: a kettle and ejecting any liquid waste out of the Velux on to the flat bit of lead betwixt the Appleton House eaves?!

A-n-y-way, another artifact found its way - this time from mainland Europe - in to my olive-skinned hands: Lotto from the studio of (recently-mentioned) Léon Saussine:

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All European Nations 'at play' at the turn of the 20th Century; just a decade later, however...


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The token Tokens


Educational...
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Colourful...
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Detailed...
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Artistic...
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Delicate...
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Intriguing...
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Documentary...
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Nostalgic...
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Beguiling...
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Satisfying...
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I think that this is it for my Saussine acquisitions, unless some fortuitious unearthing occurs on my post-Covid19 travels; the next tier of his gorgeous produce starts in the high three figures. A little goes a long way - as, indeed, did this copy of Loto Européen: through the French landscape, across the English Channel and along the English highways to my door for the price of a Trismegistus or 3/4 of a Tapestry.

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In good (Worshipful) Company

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Long time ago - well, around 2008-ish, I noodled with the idea of becoming a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of the Makers of Playing Cards: one of the oldest (1620s) Guilds of London. I went to a Company banquet, partook of The Loving Cup ceremony* and took the Master out for a bijou luncheon by way of an interview. It all came to nought in the end; it sort of fizzled like a 'not out' game of Solitaire.

As part of his ongoing campaign to bleed me of every last pound, pal Richard messaged me a link to a Worshipful Company charity fund-raising project:

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Naturally, as self-appointed curator of the largest and most comprehensive fictional boardgaming museum in the United** Kingdom, I ordered four copies: this won't be in the shops, you know and it'll be done when it's done:

https://makersofplayingcards.org/covid-19-playing-cards-lord...

Any interest in this from you lot?

*I assure you that this is not a variation on 'soggy biscuit'
**Yeah. Right.
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We have a Situation...

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Long time ago - back in the days when I was a Welsh Govt Contractor (that's AT LEAST two years, now!) - you may recall me picking up a weird 4 player drafting/jigsaw-building game (see HERE). Well, from the (relative) comfort of my library armchair I happened upon this:

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A real-time, jigsaw-mechanism-ed area control curiosity from the late 1960s! As if happening upon such a wacko and, yet, strangely modern idea wasn't enough: I also found out, in my research, that it has a sequel (Situation 7)!

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Each team (or player) has a full set (there are two) of identically-cut pieces that form the whole gridded cityscape and they race to construct sections that complete squares in the grid for end-of-game scoring; to help, if you build your Tank compound, you can deploy tanks to stand-off your opponent's approach and an airbase that lets you drop paratroopers in to empty (non-adjacent to your pieces) zone.

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It sounds mental - like Galaxy Trucker or Factory Fun mixed with Patchwork, or something.

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Bridges to cross the river too - and flags to indicate your territory.


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Even the insert is an elaborate, multi-segmented thing of cardboard beauty!


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The sequel - Situation 7 - is rarer than hens' teeth to get ones hands on (in the UK, at least) - unless any of you beautiful people can help feed my continuing questular addiction?!
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Cards Against History

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I'm a sucker for a yellowed box and the musty aroma of the early 20th century so - naturally - this one fell into the Buy It Now basket and hardly bounced off the sides on the way down:


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Basically, we're looking at a jolly diversion in to the realms of Cards Against Humanity about 80 years before the tiresome, 'Look at me I'm really offensive, aren't I?!' crowd-pleaser was guffed from the printer's arse. In HH, the nominated narrator reads the pre-provided, historically-themed story, pausing - at indicated points - for the active player to drop in one of their (printed-card hand of) (N/n)ouns and stoke the mirth. No-one scores points, no-one 'wins': it's 20 minutes of "silly interrupting".

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Innocent fluff but at least you won't find the story of the signing of the Magna Carta speckled with talk of "Mother Teresa's Hairy Arsehole" or "One thousand gelding offcuts mashed up in to an award-winning sausage". Probably - I've not looked through ALL of the cards.
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The World's gone to pieces

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With no need to spend my hard-earned on Oyster card top-ups and Amersham Station car-parking, I find myself applying more creative means of emptying the wallet. This week I have been mostly obsessing about the works and art of Léon Saussine and, consequently, the recent arrival of the first pieces of my collection: four panels from LOTO DES 5 PARTIES DU MONDE (c.1900).

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Stunning, aren't they?

Each sheet is about the size of a Foothills box and are printed but not affixed to a backing board; a subtle gloss finish makes them positively glow in my hands.

There's not too much hard info available on the World Wide Webs about Léon, but there are lots of pictures of his astounding work; indeed, auction sites abound with precis' such as this:

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Paris: Saussine Editeurs, Ca. 1905. Lavishly color illustrated French children's geography and natural history board game, with two of the twelve boards having to do with "Oceanie", and with the recessed images hidden by the tiles printed in color. The boards consist of illustrated maps of each region of the world with illustrations of animals and plants scattered across the maps and along the bottom of each board. The boards each contain 8 numbered tiles, which when lifted, reveal recessed color images of local inhabitants, or flora & fauna printed on the board below.
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Wow, eh?!
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Trio! Trio! I want a Trio and I want one now!

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A party quiz (can you get the easy 'first'?) with a "Two girls, one games-mechanical Cup" double of Pepys' pocket-fillers: 'triples' themed for the air and for the ground:

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Planes Game depicts a variety of aircraft themed to the scoring categories of 'Distance', 'Fighter' and 'Civil' and so on.

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Players compile a 'bid' of plane cards in their hand that match the current scoring category (if possible; helicopters count as 'wild') and the highest score wins the trick (plus extra cards from the other players).

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That's it: score at the end then play to a pre-agreed total, the first to that total being declared the (Handley Page) victor.

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Of course, for the youngster that prefers to sleek contours of the motor car, Pepys obliged with the same but with different pictures:

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There's even a version for girls (bless 'em, eh?!) themed on the best-selling magazine of the time - "Girl":

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All bases covered, then...for the mid-20th Century, at least.
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