torsdag 4. mars 2010

Bord-Gype endelig i handelen

Det kjente og kjære spillet Gype er nå å få kjøpt. Så langt kun i bordutgave, men langt bedre enn ingenting og andre enorme bagateller.

While Table Gype is reminiscent of classic abstract strategy games such as Chinese Checkers, it features several elements that make it stand out from other board games. It is played on a cloth mat, and the lines on the board are made to look like they were drawn with white chalk. The playing pieces are in fact dice, which get rolled whenever they are jumped - an effect that limits long-range strategic planning and gives the game a feeling of being a series of "inconvenient adventures."
Skulle du mot formodning ikke ha hørt om spillet før, er det altså en klassiker av de sjeldne og sensasjonelle.
What I have always liked about Wells is his vigorous and unaffected readiness for a lark. He was one of the best men in the world with whom to start a standing joke; though perhaps he did not like it to stand too long after it was started. I remember we worked a toy-theatre together with a pantomime about Sidney Webb. I also remember that it was we who invented the well-known and widespread national game of Gype. All sorts of variations and complications were invented in connection with Gype. There was Land Gype and Water Gype.
I myself cut out and coloured pieces of cardboard of mysterious and significant shapes, the instruments of Table Gype; a game for the little ones. It was even duly settled what disease threatened the over-assiduous player; he tended to suffer from Gype's Ear. My friends and I introduced allusions to the fashionable sport in our articles; Bentley successfully passed one through the Daily News and I through some other paper. Everything was in order and going forward; except the game itself, which has not yet been invented.

Fra Autobiography, Chapter X: Friendship and Foolery (G.K. Chesterton, 1936)
Men det er altså slutt på de tider. Helt og fullt, over og ut.

Ihvertfall nesten, siden Land- og Vann-Gype fortsatt glimrer med ett og annet fravær.

Spillet er nærmere beskrevet på denne spillsiden, og leveres av disse evige revolusjonære.

Bare å stille seg i køen bak meg.

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