Friday, March 21, 2014

The Pictorial Game of Golliwogg is Available NOW -- THE GOLLIWOGG ORACLE Arrives Soon!

Original Vintage Deck on the left, New Reproduction Deck on the right. Click to Enlarge.
If you haven't been following the growth of this project from the start at its own mini-site, you may be interested to know that the first step of a two-step Production is fresh out of the can and available now: our Reproduction of the original PICTORIAL GAME OF GOLLIWOGG is now published and can be ordered from The Game Crafter! Plus -- even better news -- THE GOLLIWOGG ORACLE (the part of the project that I'm proudest of) will be available as soon as next week! I'm so excited about this!

Original Vintage Deck on the left, New Reproduction Deck on the right. Click to Enlarge.
This classic children's card game has been out of print and unavailable for over a hundred years (except as a rare, pricey collector's item). Now it's back: my new edition arrived today, and it looks terrific! The box comes with 48 charmingly illustrated Victorian-age cards, and a reproduction of the original 4-page instruction booklet.

Original Vintage Deck on the left, New Reproduction Deck on the right. Click to Enlarge.
The card stock on the new version is slightly thinner than that of the original, making for a more trim modern deck... also, the new version comes in a tuck box, while the original came in a heavier slipcase box. But in every other way, the new version is as close to the original as modern technology can make it.

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Did I mention that the game is available now at The Game Crafter website? It's printed on demand (so the print run is only as large as you make it) and ships directly from the manufacturer. You won't find it in stores.

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Now that I've seen the physical deck and held it in my hands, I'm really happy with how it turned out. The colors are vibrant and rich, but the deck retains its Victorian aesthetic.


Here are some more pictures:

Original Cards on the left, New versions on the right. Click to Enlarge.
Complete sets of cards to win the game. Click to enlarge. 
Even the card backs are original. Click to enlarge.
A glimpse of all the cards. Click to enlarge.
This is a great new version of a rare item, but The Golliwogg Oracle will be even greater, with twenty more cards derived from the book illustrations, a new box design, and a classic re-imagining of the original deck. Check back here for more details, coming soon!

-- Freder
www.ducksoup.me

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