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9 October Getting ready for this year's Spiel Essen (26-29 October). I have only one new game to show, but am looking forward to the launch of my game Colorado, which Huch will be releasing under the title Katarenga. Meanwhile, Gibsons Games have released their version of Chicken Out!. It has nice artwork, differing in design from the Piatnik edition released earlier this year, and is more strongly angled to the age 7+ family market.
 
25 August Finished revising my Oxford History of Board Games two weeks ago and spent last week in South Wales rediscovering childhood haunts (Barry, Aberthaw, Southerndown, Ogmore-by-Sea, Candleston). On the 23rd 22 people signed up for this year's Hare & Tortoise championship at the Mind Sports Olympiad, but in the event only 17 actually turned up. Andres Kuusk (Finland) won the gold, for the second time. We had some difficulty in fitting four 45-minute games into the time available and I will be posting some new tournaments rule for the 2018 event.

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1 August It's been a tough job working on updates to my Oxford History of Board Games, especially as I have to keep to the same pagination as the original published in 1999, This has prevented me fromdoing what I really should have preferred, namely to tear it apart and start again from scratch. In which case, I suppose, I might never have got round to finishing it. I've had lots of helpful input from experts in their field, mostly members of the International Board Game Studies Association. Now looking forward to clearing my desk and getting back to inventing games.
 
2 July Just received my copies of Piatnik's edition of "Chicken Out!", with stunning designs. When I have a moment I'll open a page on it, but at the moment I'm too busy working on revisions to my Oxford History of Board Games. I'm equally pleased with the Chicken Out! designs currently drafting by Gibsons Games, which will be on display at Harrogate in July and in the shops by September. Very pleased also to hear that my friend John Powers' first game "Crystal Hall" is to be published by Gibsons games next year. I don't usually go for things involvings wizards and spells, but find this one quite spellbinding.
 
13 June 2017 Just back from this year's games inventors fair at Göttingen, where I saw some excellent artwork for my board game Colorado to be launched (under another title) by Huch Spiele at Spiel Essen in October. Its visual design has a distinct flavour of Islamic art, which I've always liked for its geometric perfection. Pics to follow soon.
 
22 May 2017 Back from 21st Board Game Studies Colloquium in Copenhagen. On the whole a very high standard of papers presented. We enjoyed some warm, sunny days. Next year's Colloquium will be in Athens, where we may have even warmer weather. Now I must start getting stuff ready for this year's Games Inventors Fair at Göttingen (10-11 June). Just heard this year's Hare & Tortoise tournament at the Mind Sports Olympiad will be on Wednesday 23 August. Oh, and yes, I managed to sort out my website problem!
 
14 May 2017 Looking forward to this years Board Game Studies Colloquium in Copenhagen next week (17th to 21st May). I was going to give my talk on Joseph Strutt's Sports and Pastimes of the English People (1801), but voluntarily withdrew it when the programme got too full. Besides, I've already done it twice elsewhere. Before I go I must try to sort out why my games website isn't coming up when I click on my tab for, or enter in the URL bar, "www.parlettgames.uk" unless I also stick "/index.html" on the end.
 
24 April 2017 Just heard that Mensa award logo Around the World in 80 Days is a recipient of the Mensa Select award for 2017. This annual award is given by American Mensa since 1990 to five board games that are "original, challenging and well designed". The awards are presented at the annual Mensa Mind Games competition, held this year at Herndon, Virginia. Mind Games 2018 will take place in Denver, Colorado.
 
1 March 2017 (Dydd Dewi Sant) I've started work on a revision of my Oxford History of Board Games and have been housekeeping on my website. I'd like to do a lot of redesigning on it, but wonder whether I'll ever find the time.
 
16 February 2017 Been there, done that, caught a cold. At Nuremberg stayed in the Youth Hostel at the Maxtor, which turned out to be more like a 4-star hotel than the wooden-shack hostels I last used in the 1960s. Comfortable beds, delicious continental breakfast - but a bit bemused by the motion-activated (!) light switch in the loo - it kept turning itself on and off during the night though no one in residence.
   Saw advance designs for box lids of two of my games coming out this year. Colorado is an ingenious abstract with a variable board capable of over 24,000 different initial set-ups. The game is so titled from its colourful board , but I think Huch Spiele want to change it.