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Another online find and it's in incredible condition:

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Is it just me or is this Lady very fanciable?!


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Disappointingly, it all gets cartoony/cariacature-ish from there on:

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A trick taker where you're trying to avoid getting any of the Artiste cards in your tricks, apparently. TBH, that's rather contrary to my feelings at the mo...I might have just binge-read a bunch o' Sin City graphic novels.
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Mediterranean Homesick Blues

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Mediterranean (recently reprinted as Rome & Carthage) is that classic board game beast: the head-to-header ie. it's an abstract, territory conquest-y game with cute pieces and a standard deck of cards as the battle resolution / standard action-modifying mechanism.

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Notable because ALL of the player pieces are a) present and b) intact!


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As is the pre-packed, tracing paper board-protection sheet! Not sure this has been played beyond a couple of 'the-Christmas-when-it-was-received' exploratory sessions.


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All-in-all, a very nice, clean item with appealing graphics - and a an actual game thought good enough to re-publish in recent years.
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The object of a War is not to die for your country but to make the other b*stard die for his!

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This Lot is bloody ridiculous for a number of reasons:
i) it was outrageously cheap;
ii) they're a bit battered but - by Christ - the pictures and the colours;
iii) they come with some gorgeous provenance (see below); and,
iv) did I say how inexpensive they were? Think the price of - say - The Ming Voyages and The March of Progress together and you're there.

Taking of The Ming Voyages and The March of Progress, the designers - Messrs Alan Paull and David J. Mortimer - have now received their complimentary copies and both gems, from the Surprised Stare Games Ltd Pocket Campaigns line, will be available to purchase VERY SOON!

Anyway, back to the dusty boxes of gaming history 'cocaine' that I've been hoovering up my figurative nostrils today:

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We...have some family owned games that have been past (sic) down some have been in our family for 4 generations this is a rare set that were original owned by my partner's Granddad who - when he left school - joined the Royal Navy in 1926 which might explain his choice of games.

We are always open and honest in descriptions and condition...we are a family not shop selling items...if we are not correct in any detail let us know we would appreciate it very much as my partner's Granddad and parents are no longer with us for us to ask .

This group of games has been in storage since my partner moved out of home in his early 20's in 1983 and they deserve better than being in a storage box in the basement

This is a unique collection that includes a we believe French made imported version of L'Attaque Board Game, The board is stamped & Breveté SGDG which was a French patent ,also the box is the same design as the French Imported ones which were brought over by H.P.Gibson who later in the 1920's were allowed to manufacture the game for distribution in English-speaking countries.

Condition we are just going to tell it as we see it for all the games no doubt they could be cleaned up to an extent but some being 90-100 years old we have not tried to do so as we did not want to cause any damage

(re: Dover Patrol)
This game has given each of the capital ships and destroyers an individual Name: HMS Grasshopper, Ant, Firefly, Wasp, Heron, Bee, Hornet, Gnat, Mosquito, Albatross, Raven, Vulture, Hawk, Tiger, Zebra, Kingfisher, Seagul, Eagle, Vixen, Viper, Panther, Antelope, Liverpool, Edinburgh, London, Lion, Greyhound, Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester, Yorkshire, Middlesex, India, Australia, Drake, Lancashire, Surrey, New Zealand, Canada, and Nelson.

The last game was my partners dad following in his own dads footsteps he bought Tri Tactic's so making up the quartet of games made up of or based on L'Attaque released by HP.Gibson & Sons. This is we believe to have been bought in the late 1950's early 60's

(and a lovely closing comment)
We were "gobsmacked" that every game had all the coloured card playing pieces considering most have been with us for 4 generations and they were all fully playable.
I'll shut up now and let you enjoy a look at them:

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P.S. Phil Dennis is responsible for drawing my attention to the above; he is NOT helping. Not helping AT ALL.
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The 40 Year Old Virgin

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About a decade ago, I swapped 50 quid and my copy of Dungeon Petz for a Minty McMintface copy of 1829 (the one with the Southern board). Last week, a charity shop lurking on eBay - as many of them now do - put up a copy of 1829 Northern Board for the very reasonable starting price of £10.

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It held steady at that price until (of course) the last few hours of the auction, which saw my 'Highest Bid' of £25 tickled; in a panic - as I lost one of these last year - I up-ed the high bid to £80 (which is a pretty good price, I feel) - and watched the minutes tick down to the seconds tick down to zero...

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Well - it's pictured above so it's clear that I 'won' but how much of that 80 quid buffer got absorbed in the last minute frenzy? Almost NOTHING: I bagged this one for £35 plus a fiver postage. The potential catch, however - and I refer you to the pictures - was the state of the contents:

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Brittle elastic bands, several corner creases and the occasional mis-count notwithstanding...

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...I am pleased to announce that this very tidy item is verified virgo intacta! Huzzah for Charity Shops! Huzzah for a big stock of baggies!

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And the biggest Huzzah! for Mr Francis Tresham himself.

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I think the two of them need to be played as one - just the once - before being sealed in airtight cabinets for future generations in my magnificent museum: at the Gathering of Chums, anyone?!
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I'm really excited to announce that Shite Games are going to release my early catalogue in a new, stylish imprint (yes, we all definitely had the idea before Queen Games did for ol' Baldy-Nut).

The mechanisms within each remain exactly the same but they've all undergone a radical retheming: cities and towns of the United Kingdom.

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Coming to Kickstarter later in the year, some of the stretch goals we've got planned include:
A screen-printed 'Tony' start player marker in each
Prestige card quality
Train-shaped paperclips (!)
A commitment not to print Swindon after all.

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I thought the internet was the fount of all human knowledge? Imagine my disappointment, then, when I discovered that I couldn't discover anything about this dusty-but-(mostly)-intact curiosity:

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The box is Powergrid-esque in size (small standard box included for scale) and the cover utterly-bland except for the name.


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Ah - only the BEST games from the BEST department store in Paris!


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Strikingly-coloured (confusingly, though, the colours have nothing to do with the player colours: red is the main track, the others are the short-cuts) and crisply-drawn - almost architectural in style.


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"Racetrack" is a standard roll-and-move race game: throwing 3s and 6s move you forward, hedges need to be leapt and short-cuts can be cheekily taken.

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There seems to be a Sorry-esque 'bump you back to the nearest star' rule and - sigh - you filter in to the post-Arrivée line until roll the exact number to land on it.

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Component-wise, each player has their own carved wooden dice cup, a die in their (approximate) colour AND three Chess-like knight pieces for one's stable of racehorses.

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Complete with vintage spider silk.


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Rough-edges and paint blobs complete an hand-crafted objet (demonstrably) d'Art


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The only references I can find for this are its own sale records on various sites: is this close to being a unique find? Perhaps my French pals might help - have I discovered an artifact of great heritage OR something everyone had/has and is no more special than this pebble (holds pebble up to 'webcam')?!
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"Playing a board game is very much like making love to a beautiful woman...

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...going first is best and no-one likes a sudden ending."

Swiss Tony, here, with a recent acquisition: it's a beautiful little runner and only has one previous owner...Dealer's Choice:

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Okay - so the cover pic is naff...

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...and the card quality is shite...and the money is dull as the water of a ditch...

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...and it contains many of the 'Take That!' / luck-of-the-draw elements of 1970s output that sets our collective teeth on edge...

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...but it's got some lovely vehicles...

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...at VERY reasonable prices (£1500 for a DB5?)!

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And a whopping hunk o' plastic to store all the components in while you play! Wowza!

So far, so what? But the secret to this The Decade That Time Tries To Forget curiosity are the Blue Book player 'cards':

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This is the genius bit of the design and the one bit that I think is going to take the Ross-on-Wye gamers by their haggling, bickering, negotiating and bantertastic core:

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Each player takes a generic (blue) sleeve and selects, at random and in secret, an insert for it. Each insert has the 24 'cars' with different values to that player and a humerous comment to (car) boot! This means that each car has its own special value to each player - and all of the values are different: ranging from 'ultimate prize' to 'utter dogpile'.

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Players then bid, outbid, wheel, deal and huckster their way through the sale of (most of) the cars ensuring they pay low for their secret gems and get paid high for the flaming dumpsters, with the player holding the highest total of cash plus their book's values of bought stock being the winner.

A cursory look at the BGG page sent me off to the YouTubes and this delightful promo film:


Looks like the RoW Gamers have got their Cosplay identities sorted out as well! Reiner? Eat your (Modern) Art out!
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Yes, I know that I said I was happy with my Pepys' Lot for the time being BUT that was forgetting a few things still 'in flight' via the GPOs. There are lots of Pepys card games that I still require BUT the eBay prices seem to be rather OTT at the mo...perhaps my flurry of lockdown activity has triggered folks' Supply/Demand models (a bit like when Amazon says any OOP book with zero available, via 'itself', starts around the £1000 mark!).

With the vaguest of vague memories about the movie Beau Geste - watching it on a tiny TV in the mid-1970s, the blue-silver smoke from my Grandfather's Embassy No.1s curling around me like a manifesting Djinn, it is - once again - the quality of the images that makes me sigh like a coy mistress:

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A segmented map? Goodness - looks like Isle of Trains was beaten to the punch...by about 70 years.


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(from a BGG comment)
"It gets an extra rating point for the cool period artwork. Which is lucky 'cause there ain't much game there. Each card represents a location on a 8x8 map. If you have two cards that represent adjacent locations, then you get to play one to your tableau. If you can't, draw 1, discard 1. Play until someone gets 4 cards out and add up the points on the played cards, plus a going out bonus. So you're continually noting what's been played and what's being discarded to keep the (hopefully high scoring) cards that have the most adjacent cards left in the draw pile to maximise your chances of drawing an 'adjacent' card. Then hope you get lucky. Yep, it's a memory game and a lottery all rolled into one. Not much fun."

Bah! Boo! Humbug! This is a bit like complaining about the lack of a funky bass guitar track on Handel's Messiah: it was not made for our times, but theirs.

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Anyway, until Scouting and Guiding drop below the 'Really?!?!' threshold*, it's on to pastures 'cheaper'.

*or until pay day
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As the weeks move forward, the attendance at the RoW gamers 'online' dimishes and - this week - it diminished to nothing as the Bateson's are on their holidays and everyone else...well, everyone else has disappeared.

Fortunately, the mood in the house was buoyant, so I managed to gather Alice and Daisy and Mrs B in for a run at my light number-counting card-game prototype (think Pontoon, except the target total is 16 and ALL of the cards have weird abilities). It's based loosely on 'Farmer', an old standard deck push-your-luck thingy wot I found in one of my recent game book purchases; and, as my bracketed aside suggests, I've made everything a tad more complicated! Tonight was to be its first 'public' run, so no photos yet....not because of NDA shite but because I forgot.

Daisy likes an early night if she's working in the morning, so she retired and left a space for Arthur to fill for Hare & Tortoise:

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I am slowly - patiently - gathering rather a lovely set of different editions of Mr David Parlett's awesome SdJ winner; tonight it is the Waddingtons '80s edition. Alice had not played before but soon caught on to the benefits of a) hitting the right number spaces and correctly gauging her 'next turn' position and b) jugging the Hare at exactly the right moment (your position in the race is VERY important for your chances of getting a decent bonus). She crossed the line with 16 carrots to spare and trailed by Arthur (still avec un lettuce) then myself (uncharacteristically well-behind) and Mrs B who got in to a bit of a carrot drought and needed to see a tortoise about a supply chain.
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Having slaked my recent thirst for Pepys (for now), I've turned my attention to U.P.L (Universal Publications Ltd - those folks who sound like the cover for the double-Os).

They produced a series of run-and-find party games in the 1940s and 1950s - to which Railway Riot was my first introduction and (upcoming) Race The Rails the consequent Tony output. Naturally, I must have a complete set (for the museum) and several cheap-as-cheap-chips Lots popped up online:

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Railway Riot with alt-cover; I've got an entirely localised Australian version on its way from the other side of the World, BTW.


Oh, and you've got to admire the presence of so much brittle, caramel-coloured sellotape - evidence that these Service connections really were plastered about someone's home and garden!

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Helter-Skelter - the variant for 'children'.


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Treasure Hunt - still intact, unseparated and unplayed 80 years later; this is the Dinner Party variant.


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Crazy Post - all the other variants are about 'collecting' (information), so - naturally - there should be a mirror item about 'giving everything away' (posting it in bijou post-boxes!)


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You've got to wonder how folks, ultimately, managed to survive games like these given the enormous tobacco consumption at the time.


Naff, 1970s Kids' TV General Knowledge Game Show presented by everybody's favourite Cock-er-ney Wenkah: Mike Reid. Total rubbish.
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