Anthony BoydellUnited Kingdom
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This kind of things snags my attention IMMEDIATELY and pushes the "I must have it!" button: so hard that it often figuratively pops out of it's metaphorical housing:
A lovely addition to my now-significant Train Games Exhibit*.
As a brief sojourn into ogling another pretty box, this is all well-and-good but if I'm going to run a museum then I'm going to need a little more information...cue: this week's additional (essential) acquisition:
Geographically, Glevum Games - makers of the above - are practically my neighbours: the locations mentioned in this biography/catalogue entirely familiar to me!
This 500+ page tome is rich in archive materials, photographs, scans and assorted appendices BUT the history bit is remarkably sparse: very little is actually known about the Roberts brothers! For a company that operated at the height of its powers - nationally and internationally - for 60 years, the biography barely stretches to 20 pages!
In, perhaps, the most interesting section of the Intro, there is a long discussion about how Glevum products might be identified/verified: though the 'Logo' only occasionally appeared on the box, more often than not all you'd get was a "Made in England" motif and a tell-tale 'shiny red paper-covered box'.
Of course, nothing escapes 'credit' on a game nowadays: the publisher, the designer, the artist, the DTP operator, the bloke who tops up the ink on the print rollers, 'God' and so on. Not for us the pleasure of 'Detective work' or 'Research' or 'Just not knowing at all'!
Back to Railway Race: the book makes my heart simultaneously sing and sink because there isn't just 'one' RR product but many variations on a theme - box size, box art, box colour, map layout and player pieces. Even the print colour of the rule sheet that gets pasted on the inside of the lid can vary between editions!
And MY copy - square box, blue paper - isn't shown in the book at all!
Of course, as a document of the output of a significant player in Household Recreation for the British Empire (!), the book taunts me as a checklist of stuff I still need to find.
*It is still a source of great bewilderment that my local heritage railway doesn't even return my emails when I offer them stock for ludological exhibition: go figure?!
Life and Games (but mostly games) from Tony Boydell: Father, Grandfather, Husband and Independent UK Game Designer.
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