Sunday, August 3, 2014

Week 31: The Gates Game

   The book-of-the-week is a game about gates.
The box
Inside the cigar-style box is a four-panel folded board which is covered in bookcloth. The title plate was letterpress printed over pouchoir. Pouchoir is a fancy word for stenciling... or in this case, pounding the surface with stenciling inks.
The game board, folded up
Inside the box is a tray for storing the game pieces and cards. There are question/challenge-like game cards and the reward  (GATES) cards... which have the added benefit of being quotations about gates. The player with the most GATES cards wins the game.

Cards and plastic people in the box
When opened, the entire box holds everything needed for a fun game of GATES! ... except the beer.

It's all housed inside the box
Game boxes can have lots of fun parts and bookish elements. This nifty game was the inspiration for the Gates game.
another example of a game box
A score book titled My Gates and a book of the rules are included also. The little 3 x 5 inch stab-bound book, My Gates, has blank pages for writing the answers to the question cards and the quotes... in case you can't remember them. The rules of the game are all letterpress printed in the little cased-in stacked folio book, GATES. 
books for playing the game
How to Play....
the letterpress printed board with pouchoir

more inspiration... a vintage game board from the 30's
Gates is a game about our own personal gates... choices, challenges, blessings, fate. 

a mountain gate, Mitchell County, NC
A quote from the game GATES.. "The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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