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Tapeworm (game)

Posted by ProninZet on November 13, 2016 and updated on November 17, 2018

The love of board games does not arise from scratch. Answering myself the question: how did it all begin? - I myself, without noticing it, pulled the strings of memory that led (as in films, where there are old and forgotten things in the attics) to my childhood. Yes, my current hobby comes from there. There were few board games then, by today's standards they are simple, but the emotions that they gave were not comparable. This review is not only about the game, but also about childhood 🙂

My collection then totaled 2-3 dozen games. Most of the puzzles and “throw-dvins”, but among them were those that still deserve attention. One of these games, which laid the love for desktops, was called the TAKTIKA Souvenir Puzzle. This game stood out from the general series of puzzles.

The game is compact - easily fit in a pocket, backpack, travel bag

What did it look like?

It was not just a game, but also a souvenir, so the exterior design by Soviet standards looked very presentable: a thick cardboard cover (unfortunately, lost over time), a dense oilcloth and an elaborate design of the playing field with plastic chips.

Cardboard “dust jacket” of the game (not from my copy)

In Soviet times, people spent more time at bookshelves than at the refrigerator, and souvenirs were stored nearby. Books were pride, they were not only read, but also shown to guests, so it was not surprising that the game was stylized as a book and organically took its place. The refrigerator at that time was not yet used as a place for souvenirs.

A place for souvenirs in Soviet times is a bookcase

By the way, the city of Leningrad did not own a monopoly on the appearance of this “souvenir”. For example, there was an option originally from the fraternal Byelorussian SSR under the name "Souvenir puzzle" THINK "(photo below). Instead of a boat on the spire of the Admiralty, this instance depicted the Kamenetsk tower located in the town of Kamenets (Brest region, Belarus). The contents inside are identical with the “Leningraders” and even the price is the same - 2 rubles 50 kopecks. It is possible that there are boxes from other cities.

Belarusian version with the Kamenetsk tower

Please note that information on the contents of the box is indicated only from the end, on the front side the main place is given to the figure. The color scheme of the cover had several options, but the material, as a rule, is always similar - oilcloth.

The name of the game can be found only by looking at the end

On the reverse side, the information is even more concise: the price is 2 p. 50 K. (mandatory information on all Soviet goods), article and stamp (do not make out what).

The reverse side of the box

Article and illegible stamp

The box opened like a book, but to prevent it from opening on the shelf arbitrarily, a simple metal lock was provided. At first, he fixed the lid reliably enough and in order to open it it was necessary to press the lever below. But over time, the "hook" straightened. The metal here is “honest”, it is difficult to give it its former position without tools and skill.

A castle that has become very weak over time

Inside the playing field with a compartment for chips and the chips themselves.

Inside the box: a playing field with a compartment for chips and the chips themselves

This is not just an organizer - it is the most that no gaming organizer is. Here, not only were the chips stored, but also formed during the game, when they "left" the playing field. By the way, this is exactly what helped, after so many years, to keep the complete set.

Chip Compartments

Before the start of the game, it was necessary to place the chips on the playing field in special holes. The chips got up loosely, had a slight backlash, so they had to play very carefully so as not to knock them down with awkward movements.

Place the chip on the playing field

The playing field had a specific design - it was supported by sufficiently powerful springs from below. It haunted me in childhood and I was tormented by the question for what?

The playing field had a movable structure

And once, having measured the height of the chips and the depth of the "immersion" of the field, he decided to experiment. Having set all the chips on the field, he gently pressed on it. It took effort, patience and dexterity to close the lid, it turned out not the first time. “Here it is the answer!” - I thought - “how simple it is - I prepared the game in advance and played when it became convenient.”

And such a moment has come. In anticipation I open the game and, instead of the expected result, the field rises up under the action of powerful springs, hits the limiters and all the chips noisily “explode” in front of my face. It was literally “like a hell out of a snuffbox” - all of a sudden, noisy, and then also look for chips flying around the room.

Now the springs have weakened, but even in such conditions it was not possible to successfully complete the experiment - now there is another problem - the chips stick to the oilcloth. The moving bottom turned out to be an intellectual trap - it does not carry any additional function.

It was a trap)

How to play?

Tactics is a single player game. First you need to prepare the field as in the photo below, so that there is one hole in the middle.

During the move you need to "jump" the chip through the adjacent to an empty seat. You can only walk horizontally and vertically. The chip through which they “crossed” is considered to be shot down and removed from the field.

An active chip can jump over one or more chips. The photo below shows a small example. Here you can move only with chips 1 or 2, but further moves will depend on which chip we choose and where to stop it.

Options for double and single moves

The goal is to remove all chips except one. The first time you can’t do this, you need training. But, as with all puzzles, after several attempts, the correct sequence of moves is calculated. In this case, to prolong the interest in the game, increasing the level of difficulty helped:

  1. Win using the minimum number of moves (counting double or more in one)
  2. Finish the game with a chip in the center
  3. Finish the game with a chip in the center with a minimum number of moves

The goal of the game is to leave one chip on the field

Instead of “opinion”

Here is such a game. The complex begins with the simple. She led me to the fact that after many years touching again the desks in their modern version, I immediately realized that it was mine, dear.

But that's not all. Having studied the information that is very scarce on it on the Internet, I was surprised to learn that the game is called "Solitaire" and has an interesting documentary history dating back to the 17th century, it is found in painting, several books are devoted to its study. Here is what Wikipedia reports:

Solitaire is a single-player board game in which the pegs on a board with holes are rearranged. Some kits use balls and recessed boards. In the USA, the game has a name Peg solitaire (peg solitaire), and the name Solitaire refers to solitaire. In the UK, the game is known as Solitaire (solitaire), and the card game is called Patience (solitaire). In some places, in particular in India, the game is called Brainvita.

The first mention of the game can be found in the courtyard of Louis XIV in 1697. This year marked an engraving by Claude Auguste Berey "Anna de Roan Chabot, Princess de Subiz", which depicts a princess playing a solitaire. In August 1697, a description of the board, rules, and problem examples were published in the French literary magazine Mercure galant. This is the first known mention of a game in print.

Anna de Roanne Chabot, Princess de Subiz, playing the tapeworm, 1697

As you can see, Princess Anna is playing on a different board. It turns out that there is a European and English version of the game (photo below).

The difference between the English and the European board

And this game can be played together. For this, multi-colored chips are needed. Moreover, in the USSR such an option was published in 1980 and was called Yoga.

Board game Yoga for two

PS. The image of the ZIS - 110 V machine is already my "decoration". Of the remarkable - this is not a sticker (then they were very rare), but a decal. Application technology has been associated with water. It was necessary to take the purchased picture - as it is now with their stickers and then often placed several on one sheet at once - cut it out and put it in water for a couple of minutes. Wait until the picture gets wet and it can be separated from the paper base. Then gently transfer to a flat surface and wait until it dries.

A game

There are two traditional boards for playing ('.' As an initial peg, 'o' as an empty hole):

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EnglishEuropean