Wednesday, 25 March 2020

What's The Best Board Game Of Them All?

DC Editor Adam writes…


So we've been hitting the board games hard in our house.

Last week I shared a Make Your Own London Underground Board Game post. Over the next few days I'll look out a few posts from my archive to get you inspired. 


Always keen to hear from you, as well - what's your favourite board game?



I found this one whilst nosing around in Oxfam a couple of years back (maybe worth a look on eBay or similar in these socially distanced times)…


Is that the most psychedelic board game you've ever seen? Groovy!

It's called Saga and it dates from 1968 – hence the trippy design. 

The principle is Monopoly-esque with a time travelling twist. Progress round the board and accrue money to go on a time travelling voyage… 



 …learning facts about British history along the way. I like this one in particular (tee-hee)…




The spiral design on the board reminds me of the spinny bit on Rod Taylor's time machine in the movie adaptation of H.G Wells's proto-sci-fi tale…


… a roughly contemporaneous allusion (the film was made in 1960) so no accident there I'm sure.

(London spotters: H.G Wells notes that the time travelling scientist in his tale lives in Richmond.)


In terms of game play, so far so simple. But there are penalties, too. As you spiral though history, beware of the Black Spots…



…where fines eat up your funds. Lose all your money and it's back to the start!


I'm particularly fond of the wording in the instruction leaflet…



"And as you go you will learn without effort, all part of an exciting, stimulating, unique game.


Played on a board of breathtaking design [who'd dare argue?!] to suit the splendour of the game itself."


Quite so!





I hope you are all staying well and happy during these unusual times - drop me a line if you have any board game recommendations

A.S-G
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