Oxford Games Ltd has a very limited number of JENGA Classic games for SALE at the very special price of £11.30 (plus P&P). So hurry along to the OG online shop before it sells out! (and check out some of the other games I had a hand in designing – eg Ex Libris, the game of first lines and last words)
Last week, at a Celebration of Mind gathering (hosted by Philip Sheppard and Tanya Thompson), I bumped into Adrian Fisher, the world’s leading maze designer – again.
Adrian thought we were meeting for the first time. But I recall clearly not only when we first met (circa 1989), but also how this meeting had inspired me to devise a board game that became an Oxford Games’ favourite, The Game of Garden Maze.
Here’s what I say in About Jenga (under the heading Mazes & Taverns) about Adrian and The Game of Garden Maze
‘ The idea for this game was sparked off by meeting the maze designer Adrian Fisher at the opening of the hedge maze he had designed and planted at Leeds Castle. Adrian, now regarded as one of the greatest maze designers of all times, had with his partner Randoll Coate led the resurgence of interest in labyrinths and mazes that resulted in dozens of new hedge, stone, and even mirror mazes popping up in private homes and public spaces around the globe. Our maze game, played out on a board illustrated as a seventeenth-century formal garden, incorporated a short history of the labyrinth written for us by Adrian Fisher.’
Exclusive to Oxford Games Ltd new online store.
Leslie Scott launched Jenga at the London Toy Fair on 29th January 1983 – so Jenga turned 30 last week!
BBC interview with Leslie Scott on Jenga’s 30th Birthday
The connection between a game of Jenga and the bagpipes may not be apparent, so let me explain. Leslie Scott, the inventor of Jenga, proudly sponsors the Scott-Vollrath Piobaireachd Trophy that is awarded to the winner of the Piobarieachd portion of the The Pipe-Major Sandy Jone Invitational competition held in Charleston South Carolina each year. Along with the award, the winning piper receives a game of Jenga.
So now you know!
But why Leslie, who lives in England and does not play the bagpipes, should sponsor this event in Charleston is another question. The answer to which may be garned when I let you in on a secret. Leslie has a bagpipe playing brother living in Charleston who, way back in 1983, helped her launch Jenga into the United States.
NaturalMotion Games has worked closely with Leslie Scott, the inventor of Jenga, to create the most authentic Jenga experience ever.
“I’m delighted by how the team at NaturalMotion Games has so skilfully captured the essence and universal appeal of Jenga, while adding new and thrilling dimensions to my original game.” – Leslie Scott
How to beat anyone at Jenga by Dan Smith
Dan Smith of Wired asks Leslie Scott, the creator of Jenga, for her top tips on how to win the game.
Leslie Scott & Sara Finch will be at the
303 Gallery’s Christmas Party
on Sunday 7th November
‘ The party will be from 4pm ‘til 6pm and we are very happy to be featuring the participation of the founders of The Oxford Games Company, one of whom is none other than our very own Sara Finch of Bower Hinton Bears fame. They will be introducing the reissue of their celebrated “Ex Libris” & “Anagram” games, along with About Jenga, the book of the story of Jenga by Leslie Scott co-founder of Oxford Games and inventor of Jenga. She recounts “the remarkable business of creating a game that became a household name” with several useful lessons for makers & artists who dream of inspiring the world.’ The 303 Gallery
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