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Flash back to August, 2010; an article appears in The Caterer magazine (https://www.thecaterer.com/):
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As Official Treat Provider of the London 2012 Olympic Games, Cadbury has launched a two-year campaign to get the whole nation split into two teams and playing games to score points in the lead up to the event.
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Everyone is invited to join one of the teams - the Spots or the Stripes - by signing up on the dedicated Spots v Stripes website.
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The 39g Challenge Bar is a new product available for a limited period and comprising a milk chocolate and white chocolate single block to be shared between a Spot player and a Stripe player. The bar, which has RRP of 52p, is divided into three sections; one spotty, one stripy and one chunk in the middle which the Spot and the Stripe must play for.

Each Challenge Bar has one of twenty different games printed on the inside of the wrapper, with names such as thumb wars, waste paper basketball, wrapper swagger and finger football, to get consumers playing for the middle chunk.

"It doesn't matter how big or small the game, play equals fun and that's what we hope to achieve with Spots v Stripes - a nation playing and having fun in the build up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games."
Tied into this general, chocolatey funtimes was a game design competition:
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Rumours of this even reached the ears of BGG itself!

When the judging got down to the final two, the whole thing was put out to a vote for which one received a delicious package:
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The finished games...both feature a purple and white colour palette that references the Sports v Stripes campaign identity. Flick
Racer includes spotted and striped racing car discs made from recycled car tyres and graphics that suggest routes for the Subbuteo-style game.
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Both games will be distributed to 25,000 people in December in a special edition of Matter, an advertising mailout service by Royal Mail.
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It's a shame that I'm 12 years too late, as I think I might've been in the running with Formula OviNE!
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This copy is courtesy of gaming pal Giacomo!

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Everyone knows chocolate doesn't actually have an expiry date, right?!


Sally Manning's Egg-a-thon and James Wallis' Flick Racer are the perfect response to something to be produced for the mass market; the former is a roll-and-mover race with blocking and the later is a take-it-anywhere-literally-in-your-pocket version of pitchcar (see the howling in the BGG forums!)
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(the redoubtable Mr Michael Fox (II) takes a look at both games here: https://littlemetaldog.wordpress.com/2010/12/21/sweet-dreams...)
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Of course, long time Shed folk will remember that good pal (and co-Jerusalem-ee) Mr Matt Green had 250,000 copies of his Present Drop! printed on the back of Chocolate Bar Selection Boxes; this kind of CV entry is what we all, truly, aspire to!

As to who won the competition? I have absolutely no idea - there's seemingly no reference to it anywhere on the Internets; of course, I think, generally, Errol has the right attitude:
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Manifesto?!

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I am really pleased to have secured some facsimiles of late 19th C Milton Bradley toy and game catalogues because - well - it's only bloody MB Games, innit?! I've got several examples of other company brochures and they give a wonderful picture of the Hotness from back in the day.
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What I hadn't expected to find were some fairly major levels of snark thrown in for good measure!
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Given my Curatorial opening bants involves paraphrasing gaming's 1800s journey from moral and educational puritanism to 'fun', I'd not anticipated one of the industry's foreparents to be so, well, blunt!
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It made me laugh out loud.
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The Spirit of Ecstasy

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Some old cult or other has an article published in this month's (digital) Tabletop Spirit magazine:

Apparently, it's going to become a regular column?!
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Back in 2018, when I acquired my first copy of Railway Riot, my love affair with Universal Publications Limited (U.P.L) began; U.P.L exploded into the gaming world in the 1940s and 50s with parlour games, books about parlour games and even more parlour games! Indeed, I loved Railway Riot so much that I modernized it for Gibsons*!

Amongst all of my U.P.L originals, re-themed spin-offs, pamphlets and treasure hunts, there was a very conspicuous gap: their first products were Railway Riot and the wider geography-themed and entirely unfindable Go To-**. A while back, I managed to grab a pack of Go To- refill score cards but, in three years of searching, there's not been a glimpse of the main game...until, that is, a spur-of-the-moment Google Search led me to the OXFAM online shop and, for just £12 + postage:
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1st Editions, both.

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Unfortunately, Go To- is missing one of the 12 location cards but a run through of all twenty of the scenarios should help me put together a suitable replacement...so, the detective work begins:
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Ooh! A printing error too (the sequence is a little 'awry')
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A-and the final, reconstructed page:
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At last...
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..it's mine!


*see Race The Rails.
**not even in the BGG database...yet!
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Zorro Seems To Be The Hardest Word

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As a youngster, I recall the few weeks over Christmas to have been a golden age for television viewing; with all the children 'at home' for the holidays, the BBC would fill its usually-educational morning schedule with cartoons, documentaries and drama serials - often 'imported' from the U.S. There would be Tarzan movies - one per day - and Hergés Adventures of Tin-tin and Buck Rogers/Flash Gordon and those weird, soul-chilling fable films from Eastern Europe and - on one occasion - a complete set of "Zorro" stories.

Zorro is not something we Brits have given tuppence about, to be honest; it's a swashbuckling avenger that's too exotic for our bland tastes - we preferred Robin Hood, as long as he had an Etonian speaking voice. And clean tights. For the short portion of our Festivities that we shared with Don Diego Vega and his swishing fencing Epee, a few of us on the Street (the 'Circle') ran around with our black duffel coats stuffed down the backs of our necks, scarves wrapped around our heads and wielding willow withies with which to drawing exaggerated Zees in the wet earth. Ah, 'twere simpler times.
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Zorro is a 60-year old roll-and-move affair with a rather sweet series of 3D inserts to make the whole thing 'pop' off the table; simply collect the five letters making up the word 'ZORRO' and get home before the others:
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Bare, out of the box.

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Constructed!

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All incarnations of Zorro - old repeats and new reboots - have passed me by since; I always did prefer the Lincoln Green and a bow & arrow.
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The long road of exploring Trevor Warren's remarkable design collection began, on Saturday, with an initial eating away of the games with loose boards and tin-housed components. Equipped with laptop (for logging summary details in a reference spreadsheet), baggies (to relocate elastic-bound decks of cards etc) and various pens and spare boxes, I took a deep breath...
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Mr Warren himself!

Mind you, it was also quite the busy day for visitors to the Museum and, so, my careful cataloguing and scrutiny was regularly-interrupted by curious browsers; no matter, the groaning table of mysteries was an excellent talking point as part of my usual Curator's 'spiel'*. So far, and this is literally just the tip of the prototypical iceberg, I managed eight games: unpacking, rules-reading, board-finding and re-storing in careful steps:

Pentagon
A Ludo-esque race game to get pieces 'home'; player pieces have different sizes and have variable movement rules accordingly.
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This one is very intriguing; the idea of different pieces with different movement rates/blocking effects is brilliant and merits further exploration!
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Invader (The War Game)
Card-driven, area control using different military pieces - looks a bit like Dennis Wheatley's INVASION. Components are two sets of player military unit pieces (1 x Command, 4 x Tank, 6 x Artillery, 8 x Infantry), two smaller sets of 'neutral country' pieces, 11 x Bridge and a deck of 100 cards.
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Freebooter
Explore islands, using roll-and-move, and also move around the outer track for bonus effects such as moving your exploring pieces again, drawing chance cards etc. Aim is to explore places indicated on your Land cards (co-ordinates on the map, turn over land tiles) and see if you find treasure in sets; you can also attack other players for their treasure items as they attempt to return to Port. Components are: a large board, 4 x ship, 4 x playing pieces, 4 x landing party, Land cards with corresponding Land tiles (64), treasure pieces (taken from BUCCANEER), d6 and a deck of Chance cards.
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Waterhole
Ludo-esque race game to get animal pieces 'home' (the waterhole); predators try and eat the animals on their way. Components are: Large board, a set of animal pieces per player, custom dice, animal movement cards and chance cards, pieces for the predators.
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Outlaw
Be the first to rob a bank/stagecoach, rustle a steer, steal a horse and a case of rifles and avoid capture / attacks by first peoples. Roll and move yours/other pieces and race to collect the required items and return them to your hideout. Components are: a large board, the posse (8 pieces), first peoples (12 pieces), 4 outlaws (one per player), d3, custom dice, two stagecoaches (scrabble tiles) and tokens (4x Horse, 4x Steer, 4x Rifles and 6 x Gold).
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'Owizzy?
Cricket! A deck of play cards is divided into 10 sets of six (overs) and then each over resolved one card at a time; some card show a ball hit along a specific line and a die used to determine the distance (score).
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Motorway
First to complete construction of your six motorway sites: 4 road sections, one bridge and one tunnel. Roll and move around the outside of the central board to earn income, buy resources and build the key sections (pay out). Lorries also move on your own board to deliver resources to the sites; special lorries (black and white) are used to 'deliver' Bridge' and 'Tunnel's. Sites must be completed in order -one of each resource type for each site.
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This is the game that caught my eye as we were unloading Nicky's car last week: the hand-painted wooden boards with beautiful stencilled lettering, the gorgeous little trucks and the painted resources. While, currently, a roll-and-move race at its heart, I am fizzing with ideas of how to re-engineer it slightly to make it more palettable to a modern audience; indeed, I think this has the makings of a splendid childrens' game!
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With the sky darkening, eyes flagging and the homeward trek beckoning, I carefully stowed the remaining items in a safe place ready for the next session:
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The Top Shelf of True Opportunity!

Plenty more to discover still; I think I'll nip down an hour or so early for Wednesday evening games and work my may through a couple more!

*how lovely that 'scripted banter' and 'gaming' share a common word!
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Okay; deep breath. Back in the Summer, I was contacted by a gentleman whose Father had a small board game collection and wondered if the Museum might be interested in some of them. However, to one side of the photographs I spied a shelving unit festooned with hand-labelled prototypes - while some of the printed games were of interest, it was the shelves that got my tummy topsy-turveying. I enquired as to their form and function and it turns out that Mr E T Warren enjoyed (re-)designing his own games and the almost-entire catalogue was available, should I want it?!

Fast-forward three months to a drizzling late-October morning and a visit from Mr Warren's daughter - Nicky - complete with a fully-laden hatchback; here, dear friends, are the boxes and tins that comprise the life's work of a previously-unsung Designer:
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Boxes and boards...

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...and tins and boxes...

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...and tins and boards...

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...and boxes and cartons:

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The last item is a folder stuffed with publisher correspondence, patent applications and newspaper cuttings: a complete record of his post-retirement career:
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I understand that failing health now finds Mr Warren in full-time care BUT celebrating - this weekend - his 97th birthday:
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Happy Birthday, Sir!

Hopefully, the pictures Nicky took of the Museum will reassure Mr Warren that his wonderful endeavours are now in safe hands. This is quite the most remarkable honour and privilege; I am, quite literally, trembling in anticipation!
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The Monolith appears in the Library room?!

Thankfully, I am not about to be 'Star Child'-ed but it is, instead, the copy of Torpedo Run! that Boffo Bateson drew to my attention last weekend.
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It comes in a HUGE box; I mean, it's almost big enough to dispose of an annoying little brother in.
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Model warships that need to be assembled...
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...with elastic bands and great care...
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...so you can ping them with a plastic missile and watch them explode in real time!
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Almost 2/3rds of the Instructions cover just the model assembly; the actual game, itself, is a free-for-all, "Fire at Will!" update of uber Museum treasure Sea-Winks:
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I am reminded of similarly-unbalanced Setup-effort vs Final Play ratios with pastimes such as the Parachuting Soldier figure: the anticipation is everything!
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A welcome return to a quiet Saturday AM for a breakfast roll and a stack of exhibits that needed tidying, bagging and sorting:
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In between some brief visits from the curious - though a rather roaring gift shop trade ensued - the day was mainly given over to a visit by Mr Ben Bateson and Mr David 'Dave from Ledbury' Daffin for chattery, bants and a healthy clutch of Overs with Mr B's 18 Card Cricket prototype:
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Coming to BGG print'n play very soon, Ben has distilled the dynamics and drama of The Best Sport In The World onto 10 fielder/bowler cards and 8 double-sided Batsman (stroke) cards:

The fielding teams sets their field - physical position is important when shots are played - and selects a bowler; announcing the type of delivery, the batsman has a three-second timer to play their shot and we resolve with a d12 die roll. A lookup-table on the Bowler shows the result - a (G)ood, (O)rdinary or (M)ediocre hit OR an Extra/Wicket of some kind.
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The two teams - trialled earlier by myself and drop-in Will - were Conservative PMs vs Labour PMs, with Dave's Labour keeping a dazzling Theresa May's team to a draw with the Opposition winning on number of wickets taken.

This is a doozie of a game and you should very much download it and make up a copy...as for the rules? Well, Ben is a bit laissez-faire about those, so a quick summary is up (for now) and a proper 'teach' vid will follow!
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Autumn leaves; beauty's got a hold on me. Autumn leaves: pretty as can be.

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Time for a little you-and-me catch-up; just the wide open vistas, the ever-changing colours and your gentle ear:


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