British publisher founded by John T Slade in Ilford, Essex. It specialised in traditional games but made in such a way that a partially blind or totally blind person could play.
The following article was written by Dr Phil Willis in The Gamer magazine, Issue 1:
SLADECOLOUR Board Games was not a company known to me until recently. I have now received four of their games for review and I am bound to say that I am very favourably impressed. They have an unusual history and so it is worth a slight digression to present the background. John Slade is partially sighted and therefore appreciates the difficulties involved when those with little or no sight wish to play conventional board games. Either the colours are hard to distinguish or the pieces are too small or get knocked around by accident. Consequently he has designed a standard set of shaped pegs in eight colours: each shape is unique to a colour. These patterns are selected to be readily recognisable by touch. In addition they stack together in an interlocked manner and fit into holes in a playing board making them difficult to dislodge. In fact John Slade has done what any games manu¬facturer should do: he has designed the equipment to be usable with a minimum of fuss. This is something that should be borne in mind: we do receive games with minute pieces in sets of not quite the same colour as the six sets of 200 bits of card that have to be fitted onto a 12" square board made of such thin card that shutting a door blows the entire board and pieces onto the floor. By contrast John Slade's boards are made of plywood so not only will they not blow onto the floor, they will not wear out after the pegs have been inserted and withdrawn a few times. Another thoughtful touch: the board surface is painted with a non-toxic paint.
We will be reviewing one or two of these in Games View in due course but I could not resist mentioning them here. Two of them are traditional games, Ludo and Cut Diamond (essentially Hex, but I suppose it is unfair to call Hex traditional. If, like me, you have spent many hours trying to make a peg board in a hexagonal pattern, you will be quick to appreciate this generous size of board at £5.99). The Ludo shows another carefully thought out feature. The paths to ‘Home’ are usually coloured to show whose is which. The Slade version substitutes coloured pegs glued in place: being stackable this does not affect conventional movement of the play pegs. A large die is something I always like to see in a game package and that is what we get with this Ludo, clearly doubly desirable for those with poor sight.
The Cut Diamond we received is a prototype. It uses the same pegs and the stan-dard 11 by 11 board with 32 pegs for each player. The pegs may also be purchased separately. These games, although available in various guises from other manufacturers, are excellent value for the sturdy, pleasing presentation. Ludo is £5.70 and both games and the others in their expanding range are available in case of difficulty from John Slade, 170 Cambridge Road, Seven Kings, Ilford, Essex (please include postage and packing).