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SIX-BY-SIXTM
...a trilogy of game systems and solitaires A rich and fascinating collection of many themes, with two separate sets of playing pieces and three handbooks, all housed in a corduroy carry bag. The handcrafted 14" wood board is laser-engraved, as are the numbered, hand-painted pieces. The Reveal/Hmm... checkers are finest quality; one touch will tell you—a perfectionist craftsman made these. For 1 to 4 players, ages 8 to adult. $125
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Left to right above:
Christopher's deluxe checkers play Hmm..., where your disks slide from edge to interior and seek to get 4 in a row.

For Reveal, checkers start face down and reveal whose they are, one by one. When only your color remains, you win.

 
Left to right above:

Leap includes five jumping and number games and four categories of solitaires, including knights' moves, magic squares and Wade Philpott's "Leap Solitaire," cited in Oxford University Press' The Ins and Outs of Peg Solitaire.

Stephen Sniderman's Take a Number includes 25 strategy games, 25 mazes, 25 magic squares, and 25 number games—all in honor of Kadon's 25th anniversary in 2005.







LEAP®...jumping games and solitaires

Leap includes five jumping and number games, and four categories of jumping and number puzzles to play on the 6x6 grid. Activities with chess knight's moves and magic squares are especially interesting. A major section is devoted to Wade Philpott's "Leap Solitaire," cited in Oxford University Press' The Ins and Outs of Peg Solitaire. The 36 checkers, numbered 1 through 36, are lasercut acrylic. White checkers are the even numbers, black ones are odd. The checkers reverse for those Leap games that don't use the numbers (shown at right). The 8x8" softpack playing board is leather-textured vinyl, durable, wipes clean easily. This is a highly versatile set for 1 or 2 players, ages 8 to adult. All the games and puzzles for Leap are also playable with the deluxe Six-by-Six ensemble above.$29

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VOIDTM invented by Michael Waitsman

The sculpted 4x4 grid serves for five progressively more complex game themes. Wood pieces have engraved single or double arrows. They point, respectively, one or two spaces away, thereby directing the opponent's moves or blocking spaces. The two kinds of solitaires involve knight's moves or arrow tours. Michael's fine sense of design turned the grid diagonal on the board for distinctive visual appeal. Pieces reverse to blank checkers and may be used as "nulls". Of enduring play value for 1 or 2 players, ages 8 to adult. Also available in "softpack" style with black vinyl game mat.

Deluxe Void, 8" wood board, $55
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Softpack Void, 8" vinyl mat, $29
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QUANTUMTM created by Peter Aleff

With a fascinating historical overview of games.
A Games 100 selection, 1985.


First published in 1984, Quantum has been a Kadon exclusive since 1987. In Quantum, Peter introduced a unique random-start idea: shake the contoured board to scatter the weighted counters to land where they may. There are two different games to play: connect opposite sides of the board with your 10 pieces, or capture the 4 central cups. The pieces first fall blank side up. Reverse them as you play to reveal their true character and strengths: circles move one step at a time; stars stride along like chess queens. Genuine mahogany frame holds the 10" molded playing tray. For 2 to 4 players, ages 10 to adult.$39

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Out of print, while they last!

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SCOOZIETM
...invented and produced by Rich Maiers, crafted by Kadon

This football simulation game of running and passing plays uses an intricate abstract board design with two overlapping networks of spaces and routeways. The Offensive team has 1 ball, 8 guards, 2 receivers, and 1 runner (ball carrier). The Defensive team has 11 tackles. The Offense scores points by advancing the ball carrier on the board. Strategically placed tackles can block routeways, and blocking moves will freeze pairs of pieces in close contact. The turned-wood pieces, designed by Kadon, are sculptured to fit together compactly. Handcrafted wood board is 16", screenprinted in stadium green. Recommended for 2 players, ages 12 to adult. Only 2 sets remain!$95

Scoozie is the trademark of the estate of Rich Maiers.

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FLUXX® ... created by Andy Looney

Fluxx 4.0 This unpredictable and ever-evolving strategy game of ever-changing rules is a total delight. The 100-card deck now has five kinds of cards: the original Action, Goal, Keeper and New Rule cards, plus 4 Creepers. Players collect Keeper cards to have what the Goal specifies, but a New Rule could change your number of Keepers, or the number of cards you draw, or even the Goal. New rules go into effect immediately, and self-referentially. The witty cards are lots of laughs. Play your cards carefully, since changes can bring cascade effects. For 2 to 6 players, ages 10 to adult. $16
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Pirate Fluxx, 100 cards let you talk like a pirate, plunder, get the Captain's Hat, and play surprise cards out of turn.   $16
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Star Fluxx, 100 cards in a mash-up of every space show theme and cliche. This may be our favorite Fluxx deck yet.   $16
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Martian Fluxx!! It's an invasion from the Planet Mars, and we are the Martians! Super size 100-card deck. Find here all your favorite science fiction creatures, gizmos, mothership, and even an abduction chamber. $16
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Monty Python Fluxx!! 100 cards of the real thing, the Looney touch applied to the source of the most inspired comic lunacy on the planet.   $20
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EcoFluxx, 84 environmentally themed cards, hilarious and educational, with simply beautiful artwork and a heartfelt message, $16
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FamilyFluxx, 56 cards, 17 ways to win, age 6 up. It's the slimmed-down, brightened-up version of Fluxx with simpler Rules, color Keepers, and neat new family-oriented Bonuses for kids, parents and grandparents — fun for the whole family! Same cardback as regular Fluxx for seamless deck mixing,$12
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Spanish Fluxx, 56 cards, 17 ways to win, age 6 up. It's the lively, Spanish-language version of Fluxx — fun for the whole family, Spanish speakers, Spanish learners, classrooms and clubs! $12
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Fluxx is a registered trademark of Looney Laboratories.





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and complete rules of play

GEMSTONESTM
... invented by P. R. Chase, styled by Kate Jones

Runner-up, best abstract strategy games,
Games 100 list, 2008

A strategy game of selective acquisition! The modular gameboard consists of 15 black acrylic hexagon rings, 3" diameter, arranged as shown. Each "cave" holds two gems drawn at random from the velvet bag. Your goal is to collect 3 different types of gems on each turn, from three caves adjacent in a straight line. A wild card (clear stone) lets you collect a fourth, or alter the board. Six kinds of gems (102 in all) with varying values and quantities to collect with careful planning. Refill the caves from the bag after each turn and mark the harvested hollows with 3 white pawns (the "ghosts" or guardians of the mines). At least one of your three caves must contain a guardian. Tally your hoard when the bag is empty. Most novel feature—the current player nominates who plays next! Don't worry, each player gets a turn in every round. Here are the full rules. Fascinating play for 1 to 5 players, ages 8 to adult. $65

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Play Pearl Fisher online against
a cunning computer!
PEARL FISHERTM
... invented by Ferenc Palinkas,
styled by Kate Jones

Pearl Fisher is an elegant synergy of abstract strategy and memory. Two-sided board has square grid on one side, hex grid on the other. Finely handcrafted 11" boards are laser-engraved. The "pearls" are glass marbles. Move pearls and cover them with shells. Can you uncover the right color of pearl? Average playing time, 10 to 20 minutes. Three game themes, three solitaires. Includes 9 pearls each of 3 colors plus 9 "shells" and a felt slipcase. Engrossing play for 1 or 2 players, ages 10 to adult. $65

At right: Flip side of board, with hexagonal grid.

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