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Game of the Goose

 

Game of the Goose

The Game of the Goose is a historical board game of some significance but is also good fun!

Game of the Goose holds the accolade of being the first modern commercial board game. Invented in Italy as early as 1500, Game of the Goose (Gioco dell'Oca) was given by Francesco de Medici ( 1574-1587) as a present to King Phillip of Spain. It has been constantly in production ever since that time and so one could argue that it is also the most successful commercial board game ever.

The game is a simple race game governed only by the throw of dice - the game pieces (often in the shape of Geese) move from the outside of the spiral towards the middle. The design has been copied, re-branded and varied hundreds of times over the centuries but a few aspects almost always remain the same:

  • Most Goose games end on square number 63
  • Square 58 is the Square of Death! Land on this square and you are returned to the beginning.
  • There are some squares (often 13) with a Goose - these send you forward by the amount on the dice.

Other squares commonly found on Goose boards include a pair of dice, a bridge, a maze, an tavern, a well, a prison and a goblet.

The Game of Goose is also notable for the attractiveness of the boards - some designs over the centuries are astonishingly intricate or remarkably artistic.

 
 




















 

Goose Game - with miniature metal geese

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Goose Game - with miniature metal geese

Ref: 00KH41

Was: £26.99

£22.00

£18.33 (Ex.VAT)

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  • Wonderful reproduction of the traditional favourite
  • Delightful metal geese playing pieces and wooden components
  • A good size thick cardboard game board
  • A simple race game that is especially fun for younger children

A charming Goose Game with a wonderfully illustrated, thick cardboard board and delightful metal geese playing pieces. Also included are 4 wooden dice barrel shakers and 4 painted wooden dice.

The Game of Goose is a simple race game governed by the roll of dice but it is still an enjoyable game for family play and especially younger children. This set in particular, with it's vintage design and lovely components, is a fine reproduction of the traditional favourite and a cut above similarly priced versions of the game.

A full set of rules are included that go into depth about each of the special squares on the board, such as the Goose square which triggers another roll of the dice and the Death square which forces the player who lands there to return to the beginning of the board. The inclusion of these action tiles and many others adds to the excitement of the game.

A cloth bag for storing the components is also included with the game.

Approx. Dimensions:

Board: 465 x 337mm
Board: 18.3x13.3 inch

Contains small parts. Unsuitable for children younger than 4 years old.
















 

Royal Game of the Goose (compact, wooden box)

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Royal Game of the Goose (compact, wooden box)

Ref: 0042KH

Was: £35.99

£25.99

£21.66 (Ex.VAT)

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  • A nicely decorated compact sized Game of Goose
  • The board is colourful with a rustic charm
  • compact and lightweight - easily transportable
  • Rules are included
  • A simple race game for children

A nicely decorated, compact sized Game of Goose.

The board is colourful and has a rustic charm that adds to the authenticity of the product. And the small size means the game is easily transportable. This all-wooden game makes a nice change from more common plastic or cardboard versions.

Goose is a simple race game governed by the roll of dice. It's very easy to learn and a good game to play with younger children.

Rules are included.

This game is hand made by a small artisan craftshop in Spain. Each game is very slightly different - the pieces are not always uniform and and the wood has a colour-washed finish that is designed to give it a vintage look. This is not to everyone's taste so please do scrutinise the pictures before ordering.

Approx. Dimensions:

213 x 157 x 30mm
8.4x6.2x1.2 inch
















 

BuitenSpeel Large Game of Goose

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BuitenSpeel Large Game of Goose

Ref: 00H601

Was: £35.99

£33.90

£28.25 (Ex.VAT)

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  • An extra large version of the Game of Goose
  • A simple an fun race game for children to enjoy
  • A delightfully colourful playing board filled with cheerful icons
  • From renowned toy manufacturer Buiten Speel
  • For 2-6 players

A delightful, large Wooden Game of Goose from renowned toy manufacturer BuitenSpeel.

The aim of the game is simple; reach the finish before any one else. But watch out for the pitfalls along the way!

This extra large version of the classic board game is great fun for children and is for 2 to 6 players. Youngsters will love the large colourful board filled with cheerful pictures.

Can be enjoyed outside or indoors and includes dice and counters.

Approx. Dimensions:

50 x 50 x 2cm. Weight: 1.2kg
19.7x19.7x0.8 inch. Weight: 2lb, 10oz
















 

Wooden Game of the Goose (wooden tray style)

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Wooden Game of the Goose (wooden tray style)

Ref: 00H3W1

Was: £38.90

£36.90

£30.75 (Ex.VAT)

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  • The Game of the Goose has the accolade of being the first ever commercial Board Game
  • A stylish version of the game featuring all the traditional hallmarks and an attractive design
  • A hugely enjoyable easy to learn race game that is sure to keep the children entertained
  • The board is made to a high standard from Alder and Bamba wood featuring a vinyl playing surface
  • A great game that is fun for all ages with plenty of history that has stood the test of time

The Game of the Goose has the accolade of being the first commercial Board Game! It is a simple race game governed by the throw of a dice. It is great fun for all ages!

This version of Game of the Goose bears a number of traditional hallmarks including the interesting and attractive design. Whether you are buying the game for the historical interest or just as a fun game for the children, this game should fit the bill.

  • Board: Alder wood and bamba
  • Pieces: Beech wood , die and dice cup

Please note that the rules supplied with this game are non-standard. For standard Goose rules, please contact Masters Traditional Games or refer to our website.

Approx. Dimensions:

330 x 237 x 22mm, weight - 671g
13x9.3x0.9 inch, weight - 1lb, 8oz
















 

Giant Game of Goose Floor Game - 1 metre mat

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Giant Game of Goose Floor Game - 1 metre mat

Ref: 00KH35

Was: £14.99

£13.99

£11.66 (Ex.VAT)

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  • Large size Game of Goose floor game
  • 1 metre square playing mat
  • Includes large foam playing counters and a foam die
  • Bright and colourful design
  • For ages 5+

A large, colourful Game of Goose floor game featuring a 1 metre square playing mat with bright, vibrant illustrations, 4 foam playing counters and a large foam die.

The large size plastic floor mat is washable and water resistant so the game can be enjoyed inside or outdoors. The large size and colourful nature of the game further enhances the appeal making it a great game for children and fun at home or school.

The Game of Goose is a simple race game for 2 - 4 players. This game is recommended for ages 5+

Instructions / rules are included.

Approx. Dimensions:

Mat: 1m square
Mat: 3.3 feet square

Contains small parts. Unsuitable for children younger than 4 years old.

This game is showerproof and can be left outside overnight during summer months. However, it should be brought inside in extreme weather and should be stored in a dry place over winter.
















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