A Gamut of Games

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A Gamut of Games, written by Sid Sackson and first published in 1969, contains rules for a large number of pencil-and-paper, card, and board games; many of the games in the book had never before been published. It is considered by many to be an essential text for anyone into abstract strategy games, and a number of the rules were later expanded into full-fledged published board games.

Some of the games which were later sold separately include Focus and Property (which later became the popular Acquire); Robert Abbott expanded his game Crossings, published here, into the more-refined title Epaminondas. Many of the games covered in the book were creations of Sid Sackson himself, who was a prolific game designer.

The sections of the book and the games covered therein are as follows:

In Search of Big and Little Game
  • Mate, a card game by G. Capellen
  • Blue and Gray, a board game by Henry Busch and Arthur Jaeger
  • Le Truc, a revived French card game
  • Plank, a serious revamp of the concepts in Tic-Tac-Toe
  • Hekaton, a card game originally published along with "Yankee Notion Cards" from the 19th century
Game Inventors Are People Too

Those Protean Pieces of Pasteboard - All of the games in this section use a standard pack of cards.

New Battles on an Old Battlefield - All of the games in this section use a checkerboard.

Grab a Pencil - All of the games in this section are meant to be played with pencil and paper.

A Miscellany of Games

A second edition of the book was published in 1982; Dover Publications released an unabridged reprint, with an additional preface by Sackson, in 1992.

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