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vaGabondo

Board Game
1979, copyright (published)
Place Of Origin

Design: plastic playing board and pieces contained in a card box; box printed in red with white and black lettering shows apicture of two men, the inventors, playing the game and a list of comments by known people
No. of squares: 196
Squares illustrated: none
Square numbering: some
Squares titled: none
Subject of starting square: none
Subject of ending square: none


object details
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Object Type
Brief Description
Vagabondo; English; 1979
Physical Description
Design: plastic playing board and pieces contained in a card box; box printed in red with white and black lettering shows apicture of two men, the inventors, playing the game and a list of comments by known people

No. of squares: 196

Squares illustrated: none

Square numbering: some

Squares titled: none

Subject of starting square: none

Subject of ending square: none
DimensionsSize: 20 3/4in x 11¼in x 1½in - box
Object history
The game was produced from 1979 to 1982/3 but proved to be less than a popular success.



Company received the Queen's Award for Achievement, 1978.
Historical context
Rewards: score

Forfeits: no score

No. of Players: 2

Equipment required: board

36 pieces, 18 pink and 18 blue



Rules:

The playing board is of black moulded plastic with old highlights, 196 squares with raised edges, of which 8 also have an X. Along each side is the word VAGABONDO and 21 circles numbered 1 to 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 200, and 300. The playing pieces, 36 are divided into two sets - blues and pinks; within each set the 18 pieces are divided into 6 of light, medium and dark colours. The pieces are squares, some single and others joined together to form an irregular shape with a maximum of six.



Vagabondo Contains:-

1 Vagabondo Game Board with 8 double squares and 4 score lines

1 set of rules for 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 player games.

18 pieces in 3 shades of red

18 pieces in 3 shades of blue

1 bag of scoring pegs



RULES FOR TWO PLAYERS

1. Choose which player starts by tossing a coin or other manner.

2. Each player takes the 18 pieces in the 3 shades of one colour and 3 scoring pegs. Each player's pieces must be open to view by all other players unless otherwise agreed.

3. The value of a piece is the number of squares on its surface.

4. The first player places any one of his pieces, anywhere on the the squared board except on one of the 8 double squares and scores the value of the piece player using scoring pegs in his Score Line.

5. The second player does the same anywhere on the board and his score is the value of the piece plus the value of any pieces which his piece touches.

6. Any piece played on a double square must touch another piece and this doubles the value of the pieces and all the pieces it touches.

7. Pieces of the same colour shade must not touch (for example , two dark red pieces must not touch).

8. The players continue to play and score in turn until all the pieces are played and the winner is the player with the highest total score.



A series of games can be played and players alternate the first move. Simpler, or faster games can be played by using less pieces (same for each player),.

A pieces must not be moved once a player has placed it.

A time to place each piece can be agreed before starting.

Doubling Dice can be used as in backgammon.

NOTE:- Two different pieces of the same colour shade always totals 7.



GAMES FOR MORE THAN TWO PLAYERS - PLAYED TO THE RULES ABOVE

GAMES FOR FOUR PLAYERS (2 PAIRS) - Each pair has 18 pieces in 3 shades of one colour, sitting opposite each other, with no conferring. Each player plays in turn. Score for each pair or score individually as preferred, using the 4 scoring positions.

GAMES FOR 3,5 OR 6 PLAYERS - All the pieces are in a common pool and each player in turn plays any piece he wishes, of any colour and shade, within Rules above except Rule 2. Each player keeps his own score, 5th and 6th players use pencil and paper.



*MOULDED ON THE UNDERSIDE OF THE PLAYING BOARD



VAGABONDO

MADE IN ENGLAND BY INVICTA PLASTICS LTD, OADBY,LEICESTER, ENGLAND

INVICTA PLASTICS (USA) LTD, 200 5TH AVENUE, NEW YORK, NY 10010 USA

INVICTA PLASTICS GmbH DUISBURGER STRASSE 22, 8500 NURNBERG BRD

INVICTA S.r.1 VIA CERVA 22, 201222-MILANO ITALIA

INVICTA KK NIKKIE BLDG 2-9 TACHO KANDA CHEYODA-KU JAPAN

REGISTERED DESIGN R 1979

UK & WORLD PATENTS PENDING

REF. NO. 3020 TN1945



Rules placement: separate sheet
Production
invicta plastics ltd; invented by brian taylor and peter forbes
Collection
Accession Number
MISC.659-1988

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