Sunday, 2 February 2014

Life's a Game: 2. Go

This year we're sharing with you our game of the month. These are all favourites from our collection, or ones we play with our friends.

February's game is Go.



No, we're not talking about the ancient Chinese game involving little black and white counters. We're talking about Go, the 60's board game that takes you around the world on the hunt for souvenirs. While this is part of our charity shop collection, it is also one of the few that we went hunting for rather than stumbling upon. Joe's mum played this game as a child and Joe has fond memories of playing it too.


The premise is fairly simple - travel from city to city to collect a fixed number of souvenirs and then race to be the first back to London. As with every game there are the spaces everybody wants to land on (Thomas Cook - tickets and bureau de change under one roof), and those everyone avoids (Customs!). Some precise dice rolling is needed to get you from country to country while avoiding the hazards that might befall every traveler. It is a rare game where a freak storm does not whip an unwary passenger from their route and park them in an obscure part of the board - that's all part of the fun (though mighty frustrating if you were almost back to London and suddenly you find yourself in the Falkland Isles!).


One of the joys of the game are the details, and none more so that the range of currencies you need to use to buy your tickets and souvenirs. From Deutchmarks in Germany to Yen in Japan all with different exchange rates, its worth picking yourself a good banker for this one! Fortunately a handy chart is provided to make things easier.


I'd say this is one of the favourites on our shelf. Even the most cunning of players can be derailed by an unlucky dice throw and that makes it a good game for all the family.


Catch up with previous Life's a Game posts here.

14 comments:

  1. What a fantastic idea. I remember the game I think one of my sisters had it when we were children. You did well to find one we looks to be pretty much in tact.

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    1. It is all there and in very good nick, though you can tell it had been played with. A real find. It's a good game isn't it :)

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  2. Most of the way through this post I was actually thinking this looked like a game I might like. Then I saw the piles of money which makes me think of monopoly, so I'm not so sure! But next time we meet up we can give it a... well... a go!

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    1. The piles of money are about the only similarity to Monopoly I'd say. It's much more light-hearted. Yesterday when we got it out to take photos Joe and I decided to invent a variation - first one to get a souvenir from Wellington and get back to London wins ;)

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  3. I've never seen that before. It looks like fun.

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    1. It's not that common over here any more either, we could only find it in a charity shop as they don't sell them now.

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  4. I adore vintage board games but have never bought any. I do still have the Jigmap puzzles that I loved as a child! This looks great fun - love that the money is in foreign currencies!

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    1. This is the oldest in our collection, and we do enjoy playing. The range of money needed is a great detail.

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  5. Now that is what I call a board game. It sounds brilliant. I shall look out for that for sure.xxx

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    1. I'd definitely recommend it if you find a copy, we've played it again and again.

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  6. It sounds like a fab game! I like the sound of all the different currencies :-)
    We have The Great Game of Britain and Touring England at home and they both seem to run on similar lines - tour round an area, collect a load of things and then race back to the start. Such fun to play! :-) x

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    1. We'll definitely have to keep an eye out for those two, they sound like our cup of tea :)

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