Board Games

TVTA is pleased to present a selection of international board games as featured in magazines, comics and catalogues from the 1960s to present. I haven’t included Role Playing Games as there is a section for this here 

Some of my favourite games over the years, and indeed this Christmas, have been Stratego, Game of Life, Scrabble, Ludo, Operation, Mousetrap, Trivial Pursuit and Battleship. Do you have a favourite board game? Let me know in the comments.

As always thanks for looking 🙂


Canon Noir

Captain Scarlet




Game of Life







Trivial Pursuit

Miscellaneous board games

Miro-Meccano catalogue of games. 1979. France

Thank you for rolling sixes, missing your turn, passing GO, collecting 200 euros, moving forward three spaces and spinning again with us 🙂

14 thoughts on “Board Games

  1. Cludo, Operation, Battleships… WOW, loved all these board games, always used to play them at Christmas time. Nice to see an add for Attack of the Mutants here as well. I remember playing that album game, it was brilliant fun 🙂

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  2. A perfect post for this time of the year! The boxes are enough for me; even if the games are lousy, I still want them!

    Yahtzee was a mainstay of Christmas nights for several years – that and good old dominoes. Great fun with the extended family. You’ve gotta love a bit of Scrabble, too (when I was younger, I was obsessed with Upwords – the verticality of it made it cool!). A slightly lesser novelty was the Weakest Link board game, which came with a hilarious Anne Robinson mask for the host, as well as cards full of ‘insults’ between rounds. They were the best bit, really! Fun memories 🙂

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  3. I did play a few of the games you mention here, and a few other such as Snakes and Ladders, Parcheesi and Checkers. However, Scrabble was the one! I was dead serious about it. No one wanted to play with me. I always won. I always fancied myself going to the championships in Vegas, and winning. However, Video Games kicked in, and now it’s the Art Gowns & street art. There’s just not enough time!
    This post is a lot of fun! Happy Holidays!!! ❦💥❦☄️

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    • Yes Snakes and Ladders! And checkers – which we also knew as ‘Draughts’ as kids. Those two games are very traditional and I don’t have a single ad for them – pity, maybe because they’re rarely tied-in with film/cartoon characters, and are often bundled into compendiums. Not sure. Will have to add those to the search list.
      Ah, Scrabble – had some great word battles over the years with that. A brilliant game.


  4. Ahem. far be it for me to start the Christmas Holiday arguments that always happen when playing “family favourite” games…but are abbreviations allowed in Scrabble? I saw what you did to the rack of letters!

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    • Well, it all began when Wooof tried to place it on a triple-word square, so I made him put the letters back in the tray and then I took a pic to remind him of his cheating ways. He went off in a sulk to get some milk, and while he was gone I quickly cheated onto the board the word ‘Expunged’. He didn’t notice muhuhuhaha and I scored about 78 points! Alas, no one won the game, because in the end, as you correctly predicted, a ‘Christmas Holiday argument’ soon developed at a mighty pace, and the board and its contents ended up flying through the window (which we had only just had repaired after that epic game of Monopoly on Christmas day when Mrs Coldkettle the tea lady brought a loaded pistol to the game!). I swear, this is the last time we play board games over Christmas, especially after watching The Sound of Music on Blu-ray! That film always winds the cat up. Anyway… how was your Christmas?

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      • It was a nice quiet day or so thanks very much – I needed a break as I have been pushing myself designing and trying to learn as much about 3D modelling as I can to catch up on lost time.
        But your reply just cracked me up laughing, as it described the last ever game of Scrabble I had with Mrs Tyeth. I think Scrabble should come with government health warnings – it’s dangerous!

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      • Glad you found some good winding-down time after a really busy year! You deserve it mate 🙂
        The hazards of board games – I’ve also seen some Monopoly games turn ‘nasty’. I’m not a big fan of the game, though sometimes a themed or regional set can be interesting for its novelty value.

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