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A Gamut of Games Paperback – February 17, 2011
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The games are a mixture of "forgotten" games, new games invented by friends of Sid, as well as lots of games invented by the author. Many of these games have subsequently been published in a boxed format by major companies, but this book gives you a chance to try them out at no cost.
There are simple games, solitaire games, serious strategy games, party games for 20 or more people, and everything in-between.
My favourites in the collection include a 2 player card game of pure skill ("Mate"), a card game that resembles Canasta but which is rather more fun ("Paks"), a scrabble-like pencil and paper game ("CrossWords"), and a game called Focus that is 2 or 4 player strategy game that weakly resembles a cross between checkers and Shogi.
If you love games, then you should have this book. If you don't, then buying this book just might change your mind!
It is true that any Hoyle will give you instant access to many games, but all these games somehow have something special.
My own favorite is Haggle, a delightfull party game for birthday parties.
Sid was known to combine the games in his collection, citing the "duplicate parts" often included with each game for no reason. As a result, he tended to use common, existing game pieces in the development of his new games. Most of the games in thisbook require minimal extra equipment to enjoy them. Some of the games require as little as a pencil and paper, and others may require a checkerboard or deck of cards.
If you are a fan of abstract strategy, like I am, you will not be let down with the purchase of this book. While not everyone can own Sid's personal copy, as I have been blessed to, even the paperback version is inexpensive enough to own and enjoy for years to come. Highly recommended.
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sid sackson is a legend. This book is a must have for any dedicated gamer.Published 11 months ago by xenophon mercadier
Great book for game lovers. Check this video for a 'walkthrough' of it glancing inside the book - http://youtu.be/iITv-Qb52IY .Published 12 months ago by D. David
A classic of board games, giving details on those out-of-the ordinary games, many of which you probably never heard of, but can provide endless fun.Published 21 months ago by James J. Bond
Sid Sackson's definitive work on abstract strategy games and a handy resource for tabletop gamers interested in doing something different with their cards and dice. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Stephen Arthur Rogers
Not only does a Gamut of Games provide lots of fuel for aspiring game designers but the list of important games provides a fascinating look into mid-20th century gaming.Published 21 months ago by Scott Rogers