1/13/14

Anorak #7: 20 Odd and Interesting Board Games

Click to view article

Retrospace readers will appreciate this list I put together for Anorak.  There's some real gems in this one.

5 comments:

  1. I actually had that Kreskin ESP game in the late 60s/early 70s. Believe it or not, in those spacey times it actually made sense to have a game like this. I recall that the game had a pendulum you would hold over a board (Ouija board-like), and depending on the way the pendulum swung, your question would be answered. If I recall, the instructions, presumably to be read only by the person holding the pendulum, secretly instructed that if, while holding the pendulum, you surreptitiously moved your eyes in a circle the pendulum would swing in a circle. If you moved your eyes back and forth, the pendulum would swing back and forth. Hence, you could control the answer to a question being asked by another. Basically a parlor trick. I'll be damned, but it actually worked somehow.

    The game also came with a set of cards featuring four symbols, to test one's ESP. They were similar to Zener cards, popular at the time for testing ESP. I told you, spacey times.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I uncovered a complete Bigfoot game in my attic about 3 years ago.It has since become a tradition to play on snowy days with our grandchildren.I didn't think they would go for it(or anything "old"for that matter)but the stomping factor seemed to win them over.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I remember playing Bigfoot when I was a kid. I loved it. I don't really remember exactly how to play, but as I recall, you stomp Bigfoot around, plopping out like discs until a foot appears, right?

      Delete
    2. that should say "little" discs

      Delete
  3. HOLY CRAP! Years ago a friend had the "Chug-A-Lug" game, and we played it one night with his girlfriend. After her insistence on changing some of the games "penalties" to make them more "interesting".......major pancakes ensued. Thanks for bringing back a great memory!!!

    ReplyDelete