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J Boyes
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Can somebody post what spaces have geese on them and the locations of the other 'special' spaces and the rules for them?
 
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Keng Ho Pwee
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This link has rules for the game of goose:
http://www.recoveredscience.com/gooserules.htm

It explains the special squares but does not mention where all the geese are. However, you can find that out easily by looking at the pictures in the database here.
 
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Brad Weage
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If you can find a copy of "The Boardgame Book" by R. C. Bell (there is a BGG entry) that is still in the original box-like slip-case; then it will probably have several large four-fold sheets included. These are photo-reproductions of game boards and there are several variants of "goose" included.

Almost any of the big old glossy books (check your library) will have several different boards pictured. As already mentioned, you can find a few such images here, and scattered around on other gaming sites.

I'd recommend that you look at the layout of several. (Most will have the rules for the special squares printed right on the board.) Draw up a few of them quickly on cheap paper and try out different types and positions of special squares. Then design your own around a theme you enjoy and do it up nice. There is even a "build your own board game" kit out there that comes with a blank board, 16 "Sorry-style" pawns in 4 colors, a few (20-ish) blank cards - if you could use a boost.
 
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J Boyes
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Thanks!
 
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max sanelli
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Hi! since the game came from italy, I am an expert plus a collector of such items.
The geese are at the 5th and the following 4th space, than they followed the same placement since the 64th case.

If you need ancient reproduction see: jeu de l'oie.

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Max Sanelli
 
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Reinhard S.
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In my opinion, this Game is treated a bit unfair. It is a very old game and cannot stand against modern Games, if Strategy is concerned.

The Game has a lot of mystic, religious and mathematic themes incorporated, which we no longer know for sure. The spiral itself represents Life with its uncertainties.

In old times some people thought, that every 7th and every 9th Year of life is critical, potentially dangerous. The product of 7 an 9 is 63, the normal number of spaces of a traditional Game of Goose. (In old times 63 was supposed to be a typical age to die. Even Julius Caesar is said to have said, that every year over 63 is a gift of the Gods.)
Most games of Goose still have 63 spaces, as do variants like "The game of Apes" etc.

The number 9 has a special meaning.

POSITIONS of the GEESE:
The Geese are positioned on space 5 and every 9th space thereafter:
5, 14, 23, 32, 41, 50, 59 AND on space 9 and every 9th space thereafter:
9, 18, 27, 36, 45, 54, (63)
The direction in which the Geese look varies.
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