A gamut of games Paperback – 1969
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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 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!
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.