The old board games in Taiwan
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I have collected Taiwanese old games for many years. I like to play games since I was about 3 years old. My cousin, Mulan, taught us to play lots of games. When I grow up, I want to find some information of the old games I had played before, but I can't find any of them on the Internet. I felt confused, because the board games were so popular in 1960's - 1990's. Why there are without any information?

Then I decided to write a blog to put the old games' information on it in 2008. I took pictures of all my old games and started to introduce them. The more games I introduced, the more games were recalled by me. However, I didn't have them at all because I threw them when I was little. Without real copies, I can't tell people how to play or how it looks like. So I spent about 3 years to search in the rural area for the old stationary because they sold games before. I also searched toy store or some warehouse which are closed now. The other way I have done is to trade on the auction on Yahoo Auction in Taiwan and I also try to contact collectors for letting me to take pictures of the board games(but I just find one who has more games than me. Fortunately, we have very different collections). All my purpose is to record the games as a result of avoiding them to be forgotten by the Taiwanese children.

Recently, I come to States for studying Early Intervention in Eugene. I met a great player, garygarison, and he suggested me to organize a geeklist for Taiwanese old games. Therefore, I start to create this list by adding the games first. This is my first time to make a geeklist,and hope somebody would enjoy this.


This is the Blog: http://twohu2001.pixnet.net/blog (text in Chinese)

I will pick some games from this blog I feel interested to introduce.

The old games published in Taiwan always did not have the exact date. I had tried many ways but still failed. Forgive me I can only get you geeks the guessed dates.


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1. Board Game: Bao Qing Tian Shen An [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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I like this game and its graphics. It is different from most card games at same time in Taiwan. I remember there is a children party game playing like this. They only use pan write down the roles and play it. I supposed that was how this game came from.
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2. Board Game: Gui Bo Shi Sheng Xiao [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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This one is similar to Chutes and Ladders. Roll the dice and move forward. This game reflect the thinking of old generation. They thought children must learn hard to change their social economic status. This thought is also come from the ancient Chinese Imperial Examination which is the only way for common people to get the official position in the government. This game is also interesting on the printing words. The words are whole bunch of educational mottoes. From the modern players' viewpoint, it is a little ridiculous to teach children with these old style phrase. But it is the style of 50 years ago, just like people would put the slogans that taught citizen to be against communist.
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3. Board Game: Tiger Chess [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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This is also a game we had played often. Its weird plastic component is fun. The green ones are sheep and red ones are tigers.
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4. Board Game: Lu Zhan Jun Qi [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:9682]
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5. Board Game: Careers [Average Rating:5.80 Overall Rank:4886]
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I like this game. Setting up the goal always excites me. The last time I played when I was college student. Few games on this list I had played when I grow up except this. The concept for the occupation and salary is very interesting.
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6. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.39 Overall Rank:15666]
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This graphic is the most representative Monopoly in Taiwan. It is hard to find one now. The publisher who printed this starts to make designer games in recent years. They set a branch Two Plus Game to create new games. If you are curious about the games Taiwanese designed, why not click the link to see what games they have?

Even though the Monopoly is boring, I still played thousand times before.cool
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7. Board Game: Dong Wu Qi [Average Rating:6.14 Unranked]
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This one is different from Jungle. It has simpler rule than Dou Shou Qi. It is famous for family to play with children. I enjoyed this game with my young sister and neighbors. Now it still can be bought in stationary stores in Taiwan. If you visit Taiwan, why not to bought one for memory?
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8. Board Game: Sheng Guan Tu [Average Rating:7.57 Unranked]
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Sheng Guan Tu is a popular game derived from ancient China. It reflects the thought that studying was the most important thing for common folks if they want to change their social economic status in the old China. The Imperial Examination was the mechanic for everyone wanted to work as an officer in government. So the families wound encourage smart children to study for taking the test. In this game, players roll the dice and move their pawns from the begging students, and who reach the Chancellor wins the game.Chancellor was the highest-ranking official in the imperial government in ancient China. It should be noted that the destination is always Chancellor but Emperor. As you know, it a common person wants to be an Emperor.... of course he want to revolt. He must be diedevil. On the contrary, you can be the president after the Republic of China established in 1911. Sounds nice?
(the picture I chose its destination is the president)
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9. Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:1033]
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10. Board Game: Mahjong [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:633]
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Every Chinese New Year, most Taiwanese must play Mahjong. My family also has this tradition. So I have seen my grandparents and their friends play this since I have memory. We children also like these but played it as the Lego. My wife love this game but I am not good at this.
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11. Board Game: Hai Lu Kong Zhan Qi [Average Rating:5.44 Unranked]
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12. Board Game: Jungle [Average Rating:5.87 Overall Rank:8386]
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In Taiwan, we call this game only "Shou Qi" instead of the name Dou Shou Qi that people in China using. I might say the Dong Wu Qi is more common in Taiwan. In my experience, I only bought Shou Qi once, and none of my friends know why it is different from Dong Wu Qi. Because Dong Wu Qi is much popular. Although seldom people play Dou Shou Qi in Taiwan, it is still a historic game we should regard.
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13. Board Game: Fei Xing Qi [Average Rating:4.28 Overall Rank:15269]
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I think this game is very similar to Pachisi. In Chinese we call it Airplane Chess. When I played this game, I felt frustrated because it repeat again and again. The picture I chose is not named Fei Xing Qi, but actually it is the same one. The reason why I chose it is this edition is very hard to find and represents the Taiwan culture. The graphics was from the famous comic book 諸葛四郎. The series of books started from 1958 in Taiwan. The old generation all know about this comic.
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14. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:124]
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This is the game I never win anybody. It became very famous after the Japanese comic "Hikaru no Go" came out. This comic is very strange because even people who don't know how to play Go can still enjoy it.
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15. Board Game: Plum Chess [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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This game is a little weird. I didn't find other copies and no friends had experience in playing before. I like the idea about 12 animal zodiac and 4 weather elements(wind, rain, thunder, and electricity)
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16. Board Game: Jiao Tong An Quan [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Jiao Tong An Quan Game(交通安全遊戲) is an educational game for teaching children the traffic safety. I really like the words printed on the box because they are kind of rigid and old style phrases which well represent the feeling of early years.

the robber token and dices are cute.
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17. Board Game: Chinese Checkers [Average Rating:5.08 Overall Rank:15609]
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Yeah... it is not real Chinese...
But it is ok. This list is for what games we played in the old Taiwan(maybe I could say 20 years before). I like Chinese Checkers. My farther and uncles taught me lots of variants, so we children had many ways to enjoy this game. Thinking of this game always recall me lots of sweet memory.
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18. Board Game: Xi Gua Qi [Average Rating:4.12 Unranked]
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This one was also popular when I study in elementary school. But I have to say it is boring... haha!
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