The Vintage Gamer #21: Book Week!

   Posted by: Jim   in Board games, Podcasts

This week on The Vintage Gamer, I do reviews of three books about games — one about history, one about art, and one about business:

Show Notes:

Other links:

Final thoughts:

During the show, I say the name H. R. Murray a number of times — his actual name is H.J.R. Murray.

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8 comments so far


Damn! The Oxford History of Board Games isn’t currently available… 🙁

Still, another fantastic post!

October 20th, 2006 at 9:39 am

Actually, the second link for Oxford History… takes you to alibris.com, which lists one available at $395. As you’re on that side of the pond, I’m guessing you can get one for cheaper — probably something I should have mentioned.

October 21st, 2006 at 3:46 pm

Guess I’ll have a look around.. Hey! Nice new layout too…

October 22nd, 2006 at 10:53 am
Troy Holaday

I made about 48 students at Ball State University buy this book as the backbone of a class I taught to Honors students on boardgames. Normally the college textbook story is “bought it for $60 sold it for $5.” Talk about a reversal! I even have a spare copy, I think. As soon as I establish the truth of that, I will be selling one. I would also recommend Parlett’s Oxford History of Card Games as an excellent resource.

October 23rd, 2006 at 7:45 am
Troy Holaday

Excuse me, the actual title is “Oxford Guide to Card Games.” He also has a “Dictionary of Card Games.” The first is a history, the second an awesome set of card game rules with just a bit of theory.

October 23rd, 2006 at 7:54 am

Heh, you’ve got some lucky students out there now. I doubt you’d really get $400 for the Parlett book — as I said, I think the bookseller was just speculating, knowing it was rare and hoping that someone would be desperate enough to bite. However, I suspect you could get $75-100 for it, easily.

I’ll be adding his Guide to Card Games to my wish list… much more affordable.

October 24th, 2006 at 7:50 am

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May 13th, 2007 at 1:21 am

I would also recommend Parlett’s Oxford History of Card Games as an excellent resource.

August 6th, 2007 at 4:29 am

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