If there's one thing worse than chasing after a very rare board game, it's realising that there are TWO versions of it available! More often than not, it's a different implementation/skin for the US and UK markets though (sometimes) a tweak to the theme itself leads to the separation.
I'd already known that Astron had an aeroplane version and a space version:
Recently acquired from a recently-departed gentleman's collection with the blessing of his wife & daughter.
In the case of Ship Ahoy, it was hard enough finding the UK edition...to then discover there was a US version too:
Aside from the packaging, the boards themselves were unique:
The presence of all of the player pieces is also a scarcity measure: still retaining full sets of yachts, planes and Buck Rogers-esque spaceships after 60-80 years? Wow!
Finally, both games are BIG buggers to store and display, even before you consider doubling each one up!
Life and Games (but mostly games) from Tony Boydell: Dad, Husband and Independent UK Game Designer.
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