Thursday, February 17, 2005

Game Components from Childhood

(No looking at BGG, that's cheating)

The bell from Pit ...

The double spinning thingamajigs from Billionaire. It was like two white plastic dumbells. At the end of one side of each was a red sticker, and the at the end of the other side was a black sticker. They were ordered left and right. You spun both of them, and the result was different depending on whether you got RR, RB, BR, or BB.I can't remember what the results were, however ...

Wasn't Billionaire also the one with the magic pads? You know, they had a black backing and a peel-and-reset translucent plastic flip up. You "write" on them by drawing with a black plastic rod (like PDAs use). I think it was for bidding. Or was that for victory conditions in Careers? ...

Funky creature cards from Creature Features. Eventually we threw out the game and used it to hold our complete set of Eon Cosmic Encounter, when the CE box got shredded ...

Cone and Sun Disks from Eon CE ...

Bridge convention cards from clubs and tournaments ...

The Mouse Trap ...

The plastic cars, people (pink and blue), buildings, and green bordered paths in Life ... Wasn't life the game board that didn't fold into half, but looked like a binder when folded (with an edge)?

Pop-omatic ...

The letter cubes in R.S.V.P. and the plastic grid ...

The orange and black glossy board of 99 ...

The gray disks and little red and green ships in 4000 A.D. ...

D&D Miniatures ... and books, modules, grid papers, and DICE! ...

Submarines, mines, and a 3-D game board in Sub Search ...

Lego (boxes and boxes), turned into game pieces, D&D maps, and Lego hockey games ...

The blue and yellow Nerf football with the tear across one side ...

The real metal-tipped, darts in the basement, with a sunburst of pin pricks covereing the wall, except behind the dartboard ...

Next to the Ping-Pong table and the crushed bright orange ping-pong balls and paddles with the rubber stuff peeling off (why are there pin pricks in this ping pong table?) ...

The croquet set dropped at the top of the stairs and falling down to the basement. The croquet course outside that never looked like one, because the first wicket was by those roots, the next one was on the side of that hill, the third was across the cement path near the sprinkler head (sorry about the sprinkler hose, dad), the fourth was near the bricks by the shed, the fifth was on the other side between two bricks, the sixth was leaning against the tree, the seventh too close to the flower beds (sorry about those flowers, mom), the eighth kept falling down because the dirt wasn't deep enough, and the ninth was too close to the deck (I can get that out from under there by hooking it with my mallet, see?). And the stakes were driven too far into the ground, I can't find them. But look - I can balance my mallet on my forehead! ...

Soccer ball ... between those two croquet wickets, and between these two shrubs going into the Miller's yard ...

Frisbee ... I can skip it by bouncing it off the pavement ...

The wooden marble run with the knobs to tilt the floor in all directions, but never got the marble past hole number 8 (out of 39) ...

Scaling cards ... into card house cities 13 stories high ...

25 simultaneous spinning dreidels ... and dreidel fights! ...

Poker using sweetened cereal as ante (everyone loses) ...

Blockout Coleco handheld, and Magic Pro-touch football (get that little red blip past those other red blips) ...

Stop Thief's ticking noisy tower ...

Oh yeah.

Yehuda
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