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Re: Board Games

Postby phil_in_npton » March 13th, 2021, 4:09 pm

Escalado!

You hit on my favourite game there!

We play it (or did in normal times) three or four times a year.
It comes with five horses in basic colours, but I have 29 horses! All hand painted in proper racing colours. All named and numbered. A meeting consists of each horse running in one of five races, then each winning horse goes into a final race. Betting and prize-money ( all play money of course!)
Being a saddo I keep a record of all individual horses form and present the “odds” prior to each race. I am the commentator too, as well as course manager and banker!

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Postby JonD » March 14th, 2021, 7:09 am

Are these 29 horses the same weight distribution/shape? I.e. might one be faster than another, or perhaps better running in a particular position? Or are you simply trying to predict random events?
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Postby phil_in_npton » March 14th, 2021, 9:44 pm

Hi Jon

Theoretically they are all identical, ie presumably from the same factory mould. However in reality, looking at results over time some consistently perform better than others which seems a bit bizarre.
In an effort to “improve “ some of the poor performers I have tried a very slight manipulation of their legs !
In some cases it shows an improvement others not. As you can tell I take it very seriously!

Indeed it was “ manipulation “ that broke one of my five original horses legs! It was a communication with “Chad Valley” that resulted in them sending me five sets of five new horses!

Phil in Northampton
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Postby Dogger » March 15th, 2021, 8:58 am

I remember my parents or even possibly grandparents having this game when I was a kid. I have an abiding memory of a lot of 3 legged horses & most of the horses would fall over when the handle was turned. I was fascinated by the game & the horses looked beautiful, but as I recall, the anticipation far outweighed the reality.
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Re: Board Games

Postby JonD » March 15th, 2021, 9:11 am

Given Phil's confession it does sound like this game could well have been the gateway to organised crime and the nobbling of horses.
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Re: Board Games

Postby JonD » March 15th, 2021, 9:25 am

The Logo Game is quite good fun, especially if you're of an age where you can't remember what your wife just said a moment ago but you can identify, for example, a Fisherman's Friend wrapper from a tiny picture of the logo.
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Postby phil_in_npton » March 15th, 2021, 12:30 pm

Good Afternoon!

I don’t own the Logo game but have played it in the distant past, I thought it ok, but it’s a case of you either know it or you don’t, as in any question type games. I prefer more strategy based games, where decisions take time to unfold as the game evolves.

For fun I googled top ten board games... well what a mix of results, no two the same!

American influences, calling “Cluedo” just “Clue”

A top five from one....

1. Chess
2. Stratego
3. Monopoly
4. Risk
5. Settlers of Catan

Only one I have got is the Catan one. Any recommendations for it?

Also surprised Stratego so high, but it’s not on other lists!

Phil in Northampton
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Re: Board Games

Postby JonD » March 15th, 2021, 9:09 pm

Not played Settlers of Catan but the rest of that list doesn't really wow me.

Oh. Just thought of one. Formula One. What I especially like about it is that, though dice are involved, your driving strategy is key to how hard a poor dice roll can hurt you.
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Re: Board Games

Postby mad norm » March 15th, 2021, 9:23 pm

Cheese?
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Postby phil_in_npton » March 16th, 2021, 9:34 am

Formula One!

Another nostalgic one, not got it now but we had it as kids at home. Think I was probably too young to appreciate it though as I can’t recall ever playing it seriously. My brother was five years older so it was more likely bought for him.

I remember liking the little cars but the dashboard thing was beyond meat the time!

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