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Find the panda: play an infuriating easy game of spot the bear

Can you find the panda in Hungarian artist Dudolf’s cartoon?


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Posted: 23rd, December 2015 | In: Strange But True | Comments (2)

American Society of Parasitologists parasite playing cards

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At the American Society of Parasitologists AGM, attendees are each given a set of parasite-themed playing cards into their conference goody bags.


The lucky attendees at this year's meeting of the American Societe of Parasitologists got a gorgeous deck of parasite-themed playing cards into their conference bags.  Don't worry: if these ever go into wide production, I'll definitely be posting about it here.


Spotter: April Mendis, BB

Posted: 27th, June 2015 | In: The Consumer | Comment

Board Game Genocide: Nazi Family Fun With Juden Raus! Das Neue Gesellschafts-Spiel

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IN 1936, German toy maker Günther & Co. released the board game “Juden Raus! Das Neue Gesellschafts-Spiel” (“Out with the Jews! The Game of the New Society”).

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Posted: 21st, March 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (2)

Peculiar Fun for the Whole Family: 20 Odd and Interesting Board Games

THERE have been thousands of boxed games (board games and their ilk) published over the years. For your convenience, we’ve pulled together twenty of the most peculiar (in no particular order).  Don’t say you weren’t warned.


1. GAY MONOPOLY (1983)



Alas, “The Parker Sisters” company was sued by Parker Brothers, and is subsequently with us no more.  Thankfully, copies of their games still remain, including this gay themed Monopoly game featuring such real estate options as Castro Street and bath houses.  In the place of the familiar boot and iron is a stiletto heel and blow-dryer.  Naturally, there are $3.00 bills.

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Posted: 13th, January 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comments (3)

Idiots vote for cat’s inclusion in Monopoly

YOU can make a good judgement on a human by viewing which piece they decide to play with in Monopoly. Basically, the rule is this: If they choose the dog, they’re an idiot.

This may seem harsh, but think about it. The car has a lovely art-deco quality and implies speed and fun, while the boot is reminiscent of a cartoon hobo’s boot, implying a wistful, rambling freedom. The top hat is a satisfying piece to hold and has a Lord Snooty quality, and anyone who doesn’t like the Beano should be slapped senseless. The ship is also filled with romance and a promise of adventure and maybe decadent dinner parties on deck, before the vessel perishes at the whim of an iceberg.

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Posted: 7th, February 2013 | In: Reviews, The Consumer | Comment

This game of tag has lasted 23 years

TWENTY-three years ago, ten friends began playing game of tag at Gonzaga Preparatory School in Spokane, Wash. The game never ended.

The game they play is fundamentally the same as the schoolyard version: One player is “It” until he tags someone else. But men in their 40s can’t easily chase each other around the playground, at least not without making people nervous, so this tag has a twist. There are no geographic restrictions and the game is live for the entire month of February. The last guy tagged stays “It” for the year.

That means players get tagged at work and in bed. They form alliances and fly around the country. Wives are enlisted as spies and assistants are ordered to bar players from the office…

“You’re like a deer or elk in hunting season,” says Joe Tombari, a high-school teacher in Spokane, who sometimes locks the door of his classroom during off-periods and checks under his car before he gets near it.

One February day in the mid-1990s, Mr. Tombari and his wife, then living in California, got a knock on the door from a friend. “Hey, Joe, you’ve got to check this out. You wouldn’t believe what I just bought,” he said, as he led the two out to his car.

What they didn’t know was Sean Raftis, who was “It,” had flown in from Seattle and was folded in the trunk of the Honda Accord. When the trunk was opened he leapt out and tagged Mr. Tombari, whose wife was so startled she fell backward off the curb and tore a ligament in her knee.

“I still feel bad about it,” says Father Raftis, who is now a priest in Montana. “But I got Joe.”

Spotter: Yammy;  Russell Adams


Posted: 30th, January 2013 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Man Makes Chomping Pacman Costume!

WITH Halloween imminent, you may be thinking of making your own costume. This writer once made himself a living cress-head to look like some kind of genetic disaster.

While forever pleased with that, that’s not a patch on this giganto chomping Pacman outfit.

The chap who made the costume has written about it over at MakeProjects, talking about the functioning mouth, matching Ghost outfit and the size of the thing (5 feet tall by 2 feet wide!).

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Posted: 18th, October 2011 | In: Strange But True | Comment