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A gamut of games Paperback – 1969

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  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Random House (1969)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006C9OYK
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 18 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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What a great book.

If you are a fan of games and are after something a little bit different then you could do far worse than picking up a copy of this fine work on the subject.

Sid Sackson was a collector of games and in this volume has collected together many of his favourites. Using simple components from cards to draught boards to simply paper and pencil, Sid takes you on a journey through the varied world of games.

A small book, it still manages to pack in 221 pages of great stuff. A perfect backpacking or holiday book, lightweight but offering literally weeks worth of enjoyment (and probably far more).
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The book is a treasure trove of games to inspire the mind. Why stick with the standard board games in your games closet when this book takes the pieces you already have (including drafts boards/pieces, dominons, dice, etc) and breathes new life into them.

Highly recommended.
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A great selection of thoughtful games. Will be spending time trying many of them out.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9b7e20b4) out of 5 stars 17 reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b6b1d68) out of 5 stars Outstanding - lots of great new games for you to play 3 May 1999
By Richard M Vickery - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a brilliant book by Sid Sackson. It compiles the rules for a variety of games, with the common feature that all can be played with the materials that you already have at home. Some games use cards, others use a chess or checkers set. There are a lot of paper and pencil games which are great to play while travelling.
The games are a mixture of "forgotten" games, new games invented by friends of Sid, as well as lots of games invented by the author. Many of these games have subsequently been published in a boxed format by major companies, but this book gives you a chance to try them out at no cost.
There are simple games, solitaire games, serious strategy games, party games for 20 or more people, and everything in-between.
My favourites in the collection include a 2 player card game of pure skill ("Mate"), a card game that resembles Canasta but which is rather more fun ("Paks"), a scrabble-like pencil and paper game ("CrossWords"), and a game called Focus that is 2 or 4 player strategy game that weakly resembles a cross between checkers and Shogi.
If you love games, then you should have this book. If you don't, then buying this book just might change your mind!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b6b1dbc) out of 5 stars A Must Read for all Game Players 26 Aug. 2003
By Edward Holzman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Sid Sackson was probably the most prolific collector of board games in the United States (and probably the world). Sid loved games and he loved inventing games, too. With many published games to his credit (some of which made their first public appearance in this book), Sid Sackson (the designer of one of my favorite games of all time, "Acquire") is my personal game guru and I have made a point of acquiring any game or book with his name attached. This book is full of fun and very playable games discovered, re-discovered, and invented by Sid Sackson. Do your brain a favor and buy this book now!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b6c0210) out of 5 stars Great author. Fun and simple games. 21 May 2010
By krypto - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book for those interested in 'creative time' with the kids while waiting for food to arrive at restaurants. Very well written.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b6c01f8) out of 5 stars Excellent book with many original games 10 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
First published in 1969, this book brings you 38 original games. Sid Sackson collected these games as member of the N.Y.G.A (New York Game Associates), allthough many are his own invention.
It is true that any Hoyle will give you instant access to many games, but all these games somehow have something special.
My own favorite is Haggle, a delightfull party game for birthday parties.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b6c0450) out of 5 stars Too bad this hasn;t been reprinted 10 Feb. 2009
By Richard D. Ingraham - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
An amazing, fascinating book about games before the "Avalon Hill" revolution-way before the video game revolution. This book shows what a small group of nerdy, brilliant pioneers can come up with, working in their dark little basements. Too bad these games are essentially "lost" in the Guitar hero cacphony. You didn;t jump aorund when you were conquering the world, but it did make you think and imagine and interact with your friends and family.
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