Friday, June 24, 2011

Farmer Jones' Pigs

I have been on the road, and while at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Mass. I was able to examine and play with this lovely board game from the last third of the nineteenth century. It is called Farmer Jones' Pigs and was produced by McLoughlin Bros.

The goal of the game is to move all three of your pigs from the barn to the cornfield, avoiding the farmer and his dogs (which can send you back to the pen) and not getting too delayed at the pond or garden. You spin this lovely spinner to advance the pigs:

Here are some of the delightful pig tokens on the board:

I was fortunate enough to be able to play a while with Tracy, one of the staff at the AAS. The game has held up pretty well, although it seemed to have one major glitch: if you spun a "two" on the very first spin you would advance all the way to the end via a seemingly endless series of "go to" spaces. Once finished, one simply needed to spin another "two" to get that pig into the cornfield.

Overall, though, I found the game delightful and was left wishing I had seen it on an earlier visit to Worcester so that I could have included an illustration of it in PIG. Perhaps I'll be able to use it in my next pig project...

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