David Parlett

Gourmet Games

I'm an inventor,
Illustration Member of the International Game Designers Association (SAZ)
Chicken Out! box Chicken Out! now published by Piatnik, with rules in German, French, Italian, Hungarian, Czech, and Polish. English edition available from Gibsons Games in September.
colorado set-up My new game Colorado will be launched by Huch Spiele at this year's Essen games fair in October.
Around the World Box Around the World in 80 Days receives American Mensa Select award for 2017
Spiel Logo Spiel Essen: 8 - 26-29 October. The world's largest trade fair for toys and games is a unique opportunity to get the latest info on the national and international games scene.
Illustration International Board Game Studies Asociation
author, journalist and consultant in the field of tabletop games and puzzles. I also give talks and workshops on the games history, theory and appreciation, and advise on the staging of games in period films and TV drama. My best-known game, Hare & Tortoise has sold over 3m units, appeared in a over a dozen languages, and in 1979 was the first winner of Germany's prestigious Game of the Year award. In 2013 I was one of five inductees to the first UK Games Expo Hall of Fame for my books and writings and in 2016 I was awarded the Dau Barcelona for "a lifetime's dedication to games". In 2016 I was appointed Visiting Professor of Game Design at the University of Suffolk and in October 2017 was awarded an honorary doctorate by that university.
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Skat club Jack
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The classic German game
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Hare & Tortoise
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Game pie for gourmets
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