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Flashback Thursday - The crazy games of my youth
For some strange reason I was thinking back at my childhood and thinking about some of the unusual games me and my sister played. Yeah, Risk, D&D, Monopoly and Clue were super influential in our life and I'm still going to therapy for the fucked up brain damage shit Uba came up with when we played Mastermind. But I was thinking about some of the trippy games from the 1970s.
Happiness Happiness Milton Bradley 1972 embraced the hippy world around them to create the Happiness game. I remember you had to complete 5 or 6 different happiness feats to win the game. Looking at the board, it reminds you of something from the Beatles Yellow Submarine movie.
Ecology: Game of Man & Nature. https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/7458/ecology-game-man-nature
Wow this was a super heady Euro / Phil Eklund style game. From 1970 - Way before it's time. But a super random game. In this game you start in the stone age and you could work your way to the atomic age and draw a card that blow you up and you have to start back in the stone age.
Well not so trippy but still an under rated game was Careers. https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/7458/ecology-game-man-nature . Yes it was a roll in move game developed in 1955 but the secretly planning your goals between fame, money and hearts was really cool and before it's time.
A couple of other fun games that I remember playing as a kid included Which Witch 1970, Masterpiece 1970 and the Gambler 1975.
Anyone else have some gaming gems from childhood?
Then my dad started buying other board games that were a little off the beaten track, as Christmas presents for me. I never really got the hang of Battle Cry, so he taught the doctor next door how to play. But Dogfight was a big hit, and we played it until the cards got beat up. My dad eventually bought me Panzer Blitz, my first war game.
My mom was a big fan of puzzles and murder mysteries, and that's how our family became obsessed with Mastermind for a couple of years. We got a couple of the Mastermind variants, too, but they were a little too hard to be fun.
One of my mom's favorite board games was Stop Thief!, which was a neat deduction game using a board and a handheld electronic device that gave audio clues about the thief's movement. It was a great game until the electronic device broke down.
Update: Ah_Pook kickstarted my memory, I also had Dungeon in the group of imported games from the US and it was simple, and fun, enough to play with my younger siblings.
The two big ones from my youth were Dungeon and By Jove. Dungeon is a very basic dungeon crawl published by TSR in the early 80s. The board art and the crazy monsters really blew my mind when I was like 6. My brothers and I played this game tons. By Jove was a pretty basic roll and move game from what I remember, but it was themed around ancient Greek myths. It had really cool art and cards, and came with a big book of Greek myths so you could read more about the stuff featured on the board. This one would almost assuredly not hold up, but I loved it as a kid. That book of myths was super cool.
You can see some examples of the board art here, and I still think it looks pretty cool
Happiness was probably the trippiest, with that hand with the little metal balls inside.
Class was probably the strangest. We got it at a garage sale. You drew cards that made you make choose between moving up or down the social ladder, and losing or gaining happiness as a result. We were too young to get the jokes, but our dad would chuckle, so I thought he really liked the game. Also it had very cool heart tokens. Wonder whatever happened that game. I'm guessing our parents chucked it when they moved.
Breakthru wasn't crazy, but it had those really cool metal pieces. I remember playing this one quite a bit.
After looking at the pictures Ecology, I absolutely remember the box/cards/money, but I have absolutely no memory of playing it. Although I think we got it at the same garage sale we got Class at.
Mostly, I remember King Put always winning at everything, except Master Mind. And also our Dad buying a copy of Hoyle so we would stop getting into fights over the rules to card games.
Ah_Pook wrote: The two big ones from my youth were Dungeon and By Jove.
No way. A friend just gave us an old copy of By Jove a couple of months ago. We had never seen it before. We tried donating it to a school, but even the school doesn't want it.
I then moved on to Electronic Detective, which was a really awesome deduction game, although I seem to recall a very odd facet to every case. There were two possible weapons, a 9mm handgun and a .45 caliber. Only one was of course the murder weapon, but BOTH guns could be located in each case. Strange. I still have the game and I assume it still works. I should see how much these things are worth these days.
hotseatgames wrote: We played a lot of Clue when I was a kid. We lost the knife, so our box featured an actual butter knife in it.
We lost the pipe and the rope, so our pipe was a long machine screw and our rope was a piece of twine that our dad knotted up with some kind of fancy sailor's knot.
Sub Search - Like 3D battle ship. It was cool until the puppy peed on it.
We also had some game with a helicopter with a hook on a wire that you maneuvered to pick things up. The game sucked, but it was fun to make the helicopter fly around.
One summer all the TSR strategy (minigames?) games went on sale at KB toys for 1 dollar or so each and that dominated our summer at least and competed with dnd for time for about a year.
I was still regularly playing revolt on antares through my college years.