The games I found in my childhood wardrobe this weekend!
Christine Harrison
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I'm home! Home is Herefordshire, England. Since moving away nearly 15 years ago, I really don't get back as much as I would like to. The drive to my parent's house always seems to take five hours, even though the route planner only ever says three, and public transport will not get you all the way here, or very close at all really. I haven't been back since last Christmas, so I'm definitely overdue some time in the countryside.

Of course, we've brought some of our favourite games with us to inflict upon play with my family, but we thought it might be fun to raid my childhood wardrobe and see what we find. Since I didn't get into modern board gaming until I became a post-grad this makes for quite an interesting trip down memory lane. There were of course other games, but these are the ones that have somehow managed to survive the de-cluttering and multiple clear outs.
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1. Board Game: 13 Dead End Drive [Average Rating:5.83 Overall Rank:4791]
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This is my favourite childhood game. I loved the deception, I loved the moving parts and I am pretty sure I forced my brother and sister to play this so many times that they will never forgive me. A quick look inside the box reveals that everything is still there, but the elastic that holds together the chandelier is rotted through. I am going to find a small elastic band and we are going to play this before we leave ;-)
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2. Board Game: Scattergories [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:2111]
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This was a Christmas present one year when I was a teenager. We never had a copy of scrabble when I was growing up so this is the only word game I played for years. We played it with my granddad once who couldn't grasp the idea that you were supposed to write on the pad of paper, not on the category lists. As my father would say "the old man is pushing up daises in the churchyard now", and it is bit strange to see his handwriting after all these years. Which brings another memory to mind - when my brother, sister and I were kids, our granddad tried to 'fix' Buckeroo. We couldn't get him to understand that it was supposed to fling all the pieces off like that.
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3. Board Game: Crystal Maze [Average Rating:4.24 Overall Rank:14336]
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Ahh what a TV show! I'm not sure if the format was exported to other countries, or if it was just a British TV thing. Basically, a team of six contestants took it in turns to play challenge games throughout a maze in order to win crystals. The games could be physical, mental, skill or mystery based, and there were four zones to explore games in; medieval, Aztec, futuristic and industrial (which was later replaced by the much better oceanic zone). Each crystal would earn the team five seconds in the crystal dome at the end of the game, where they would try to collect golden tickets in exchange for prizes. I'm not explaining it well, you will just have to wikipedia it. You could watch the 2017 remake, but it's not as good as the 1990's original.

We were Crystal Maze nuts in our household, so it's only appropriate that we also owned the game. A quick peak inside the box shows that it is all there but I am not sure I will be able to convince anyone to play. Perhaps they'd prefer to try the real thing? I hear there is a crystal maze experience day you can do in London now. I might try floating the idea past them later...
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4. Board Game: MindTrap [Average Rating:4.75 Overall Rank:15301]
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Another Christmas present from my teenage years. I first played it at a friend's house and loved the puzzles. I later used some of the puzzles from this for my sixth form A-Level Psychology coursework. I bet my participants must have loved that.
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5. Board Game: Clue [Average Rating:5.65 Overall Rank:7641]
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In the UK (it's country of origin) this is called Cluedo. When discussing this with an American friend recently, she asked me what on earth 'Cluedo' means, so I have gone to the trouble of finding out. It's a play on words, clue and ludo, apparently ludo is Latin for 'I play'. Also, in the UK versions it is Dr Black that has been murdered, not Mr Boddy... okay folks, egocentric British moment over...

I loved Cluedo as a kid (perhaps for the same reasons as 13 dead End Drive?) and this version is actually my Dad's, dating from 1965. Maybe the lead pipe was made from actual lead, but fortunately this was lost some time ago. As my parents live out in the sticks a power cut is quite possible (or could be arranged) - I am wondering if I can convince my brother and sister to come round and we can play it by candle light? I know my husband wants to teach them Terraforming Mars instead, but for old times sake this could be fun.

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6. Board Game: Pictionary Mania [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:7689]
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I think this is a good example of when a game should not be interfered with. Whilst I wouldn't exactly be enthused at the prospect of playing Pictionary these days, the Mania version is even less enticing. It takes a simple concept and complicates it unnecessarily. I've seen something similar with newer versions of Trival Pursuit, where the format of the questions has been changed, and an extra bonus track added to the board. This is definitely not getting played. Not even for nostalgia's sake.
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7. Board Game: Goosebumps: Terror in the Graveyard Game [Average Rating:5.28 Overall Rank:14382]
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Okay so this one isn't actually mine. It belongs to my sister, but her things have a strange way of ending up in my old bedroom. I don't remember much about it, but I think the board had a moving panel underneath and your character could end up falling through holes in the board. I guess thematically that meant falling through a grave. If my now 31 year old sister is still into this sort of thing, I may try introducing her to Eldritch Horror.
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8. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.39 Overall Rank:15339]
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You were just waiting for this right? The funniest thing about Monopoly is that neither my sister nor I could be bothered to read the rules until we were teenagers. Before that, we just made up our own rules and there was never any clear winner because we neglected to have winning conditions. We just liked going around the board trying to buy things as fast as possible. Since we didn't really play board games with our parents it was years before we thought to learn it properly.



The copy in my childhood wardrobe is actually my Dad's, and the box is covered in little ski stickers which he attached as a boy. I'm a little unsure on the date of this version, the rules inside and the main board give 1961 as the latest copyright, but there does not appear to be a 1961 UK edition listed on BGG under Monopoly versions. The box looks similar to the Waddington's 1972 UK edition, it has the white and red striped box, but the motif in the centre is different.



Regardless of which version it is, I have no doubt it will probably stick around for another 50 odd years, in exactly the same condition, because no-one really wants to play it. However, it does make me wonder just how many of our modern board games will still be floating around after so many years?
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