Anorak #7: 20 Odd and Interesting Board Games

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


  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.

  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.

    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?

    2. that should say "little" discs

  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!!!