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Days of Yonder

Stuart Burnham
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Just a quick post as I'm out (out) at Games For Laugh tonight and I haven't got long.....
Whilst rummaging around the local farm car boot sale this weekend I happened upon a book of old boardgames. This features 40 double page reproductions of the boards and rules for each one, along with a bit of the history. This seemed to tie in nicely with the exhibition at the Bodliean Library in Oxford earlier this year (see Boardgaming Past, Present, Future..?) so here are a few panels that caught my eye when having a quick flick through.
All actually have BGG entries as well!

Edit: 19/5 The book is called "Great Board Games" by Brian Love.
Here's a link for you https://www.amazon.co.uk/Great-Board-Games-Over-1895-1955/dp...

From gallery of vk1980


The Amusing Game of Innocence Abroad from 1888 immediately looks ripe for a giggle, and perhaps a modern day reworking; just imagine...!

From gallery of vk1980


The Good Old Aunt! from 1892. A Mrs Brown makeover perhaps?

From gallery of vk1980


The Game of District Messenger Boy from 1886. I think that they have the misdemeanours the wrong way round on the board - incidents of stupidity, laziness and theft tend to occur more frequently as you get nearer the top of the corporate ladder in my experience....

From gallery of vk1980


The Game of Playing Department Store from 1898. I do actually think that a set collection game based around a mechanic like this might actually have some merit, I'll investigate if anything around has used something similar.
If not, who knows; watch this space!

Your History lesson for today has ended.
Hang on; History: today:...that reminds me....

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