Today, there is a truly enormous range of boardgames available as the hobby has grown massively in the last 20 years.
Back in the 1970s, playing a ‘family boardgame’ usually meant either Monopoly, Cluedo or, if you were more intellectual, Scrabble. However, if you were really cool, you had Escape from Colditz.
Published in 1973, this boardgame – devised by Pat Reid, an actually escapee from the famous German Prisoner-of-War camp – used a roll-and-move mechanic for players to move around the board and collect all the equipment they needed to escape, whilst the German player sought to deduce where the escape was going to take place and subsequently stop it. It was a classic game with lots of components, and happened to capitalise on the popularity of the TV series which was on at the time.
40 years on, and Osprey Publishing are releasing a new version of the game with updated rules and components and new artwork by the one and only Peter Dennis – although, in a nice touch, the original rules are also included.
The game is going to be released on the 20th Oct 2016, essentially being launched at Essenspiel. It will be priced at £49.99.
I am really looking forward to this game.