February 27, 2014

1980’s High Tech

Look at all the technology we have at our disposal today. Where would we be without our laptops, tablets, smartphones, digital cameras, mp3 players, Blu-ray players, apps, video games, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Satellite Radio? (Phew!) It is easy to take for granted the high-tech tools we use every day. Rifling through my game closet, I spotted a game that shows technology in its infancy – the Readers[...]
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February 24, 2014

Special Guest Post from Desi Scarpone – Game Collector, Author, Movie and TV Director Coming March 10th!

Do your eyes light up when someone mentions a flea market, garage sale or antique shop? Is eBay in your favorites list on your computer, tablet AND cell phone? Is your living space more conducive to displaying and storing collections rather than for eating, sleeping or entertaining? Serious collectors UNITE! Desi Scarpone and his collection of over 6,000 board games are in the ranks with us! Desi grew[...]
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February 20, 2014

Have a Heart!

It’s February, the month where we celebrate Valentine’s Day – it seems fitting to pay tribute to the classic card game, Hearts. A group of friends in High School taught me how to play Hearts. They were all seasoned players, so I learned from the best. Many a lunch hour was spent with a sandwich in one hand and a fist full of cards in the other. Before long, I could play a darn good game of Hearts[...]
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February 17, 2014

Happy Birthday George! (Whenever that is!)

George Washington was born on February 22, 1732; OR was it February 11, 1732??? It depends on which calendar you look at! If you use the Gregorian calendar (modern calendar), his birthday is February 22nd. According to the Julian calendar used in England until 1752, it was February 11th. Washington’s Birthday was traditionally celebrated on February 22nd, but was moved due to the enactment of the 1971 Uniform[...]
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February 13, 2014

And They Called It Puppy Love . . .

I remember my first case of real puppy love. It all started when my brother went trail riding on his motorcycle in the woods. He discovered that a mother dog delivered a litter of pups in the thickets. The mother and pups moved on to another location but left one lonely pup behind. My brother scooped him up, used his motorcycle helmet like a basket, and transported him home. We were all surprised to see[...]
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February 10, 2014

Special Guest Post from Bruce Whitehill
The Big Game Hunter

I have always been interested in discovery – in uncovering new information – in finding the connection between things. Game playing and game collecting provide these opportunities. It wasn’t until I was in my late 30s that I started collecting and researching games, though I remember writing the “SCRABBLE” company (Selchow & Righter) many years before that, asking a little about their history.[...]
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February 6, 2014

The Old Maid Charade

Old Maid is like a familiar old friend. This Victorian card game, originating in England and Scotland, is truly an oldie and a goody. It can be played all ages, even the very young because it requires only picture matching skills. You remember how to play; all the cards are dealt out face down one at a time to the players. It doesn’t matter if some players have extra cards. Each player looks for pairs[...]
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February 3, 2014

Rabbit Stew and a Card Game Too!

Hasenpfeffer is not only a rabbit stew, spiced with pepper and thickened with blood, but it is also a trick-taking card game. According to the book, The New Complete Hoyle, Revised: The Authoritative Guide to the Official Rules of All Popular Games of Skill and Chance, The Pennsylvania Dutch people are credited with simplifying the card game Euchre and naming it after their favorite dish, Hasenpfeffer. (German[...]
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