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Hello,

I purchased this item on eBay. The board folds in half. There is one game on the first side and 2 games on the second side. The checkerboard game is Siege of Paris. The cross-shaped game is Asalto. Does anyone know what the spiral game is?

 


 

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Some kind of Mehen variant?

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The lower one on the right is classic solitaire, but I'm sure you know that one.
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The spiral board could be used for Hyena.

Some outside links:
http://www.gamesmuseum.uwaterloo.ca/Archives/Davies/heyna.ht...
http://www.examiner.com/sf-education-games-in-san-francisco/...
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niel0248 wrote:
Does anyone know what the spiral game is?
I have a candidate: The Royal Pastime of Cupid or Entertaining Game of the Snake, which according to the geek entry dates from 1750.

But the book: Games to Play, R.C.Bell, Michael Joseph Ltd (Penguin Group) 1988 says it was derived from ancient Egypt prior to becoming popular in 'early dynastic Europe' (? whenever that may be - I'm no wiser and I hold a History degree!) The Egyptian boards were segmented from 29 to over 500 spaces; some Dominion style marketing seems to be in evidence here!

Each player has a playing piece and 6 marbles. Put your pieces on the tail of the snake and establish the start player.
Playing alternately one player chooses and conceals some of the marbles in hand. The other player calls out a guess. If correct nothing happens. If incorrect the active player advances in spaces the difference between the two numbers. 1st player to the head of the snake wins.

Personally I'd add a rule that an accurate guess advances that player the guessed number in spaces, rather than simply nothing happens. This would add a degree of bluff/counterbluff, because trying a high number risks a big penalty, so a less obvious pick.
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niel0248 wrote:
Hello,

I purchased this item on eBay. The board folds in half. There is one game on the first side and 2 games on the second side. The checkerboard game is Siege of Paris. The cross-shaped game is Asalto. Does anyone know what the spiral game is?

 


 



That's a great looking board! How's the quality on it?
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The Siege of Paris side has a water stain on the bottom quarter. The blue paint was also flaking off the center piece. I painted that side of the board with a water-soluable coating to keep the paint on.

The spiral/cross side is in good shape except the paint-trimming is fading.

I guess that the board was made in the late 19th century but I really don't know. When I bought it on eBay, I thought the Siege of Paris side was decorative and not a game until I came across a picture in a game book.

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[=Game of Goose][/] variant is another alternative. http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/2785/game-of-goose

Nice find - the Siege of Paris is not a childrens game in my brief experience - perhaps the outside games were for younger players?

(The insert game thingy used to work so nicely.)
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The one on the bottom with the circles is the first know copy of Busen Memo...
 
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Pinook wrote:
[=Game of Goose][/] variant is another alternative. http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/2785/game-of-goose

Nice find - the Siege of Paris is not a childrens game in my brief experience - perhaps the outside games were for younger players?

(The insert game thingy used to work so nicely.)


I've looked through Board and Table Games from Many Civilizations and The Oxford History of Board Games, but don't see or read of anything that plays on a 50-space spiral. Goose is played on a spiral, but the track is usually 63-ish spaces with several that have special functions. If this is used to play a Goose-like game, it would need to be altered to the point that it's almost a different game.

Asalto wasn't necessarily a children's game either, but it certainly wouldn't have the depth that Siege of Paris would. It could be that the spiral track is just that--a track to indicate the number of moves taken in Asalto. Each move you would push the marble forward one space, and if you get to the end of the track, the besieged player wins. That's just a WAG, though.
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Maybe it's a score track.
 
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