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Spellbound

Spellbound, The fascinating new word game - for all ages. A Pepys Game


First Published: circa 1964, A Pepys Game, Castell Brothers, London

Illustrator or Designer: Not Credited


Contents: 160 cardboard Letter Tiles, 20 blank cardboard Letter Tiles, 4 Racks for the letters, 4 Playing Boards, 1 Bag for Letters.


Spellbound - Box Lid

Spellbound - Box Lid


Spellbound - Letter Tiles

Spellbound - Cardboard Letter Tiles


Spellbound - Boards

Spellbound - Boards


Spellbound - Rules Sheet Front

Spellbound - Rules Sheet Front


Spellbound - Rules Sheet Front

Spellbound - Rules Sheet Front


Spellbound - Letter Tile Racks

Spellbound - Letter Tile Racks


The publication date of Spellbound is often given as c. 1954. From the logo, the typography and components I think the game must date from around a decade later so have temporarily settled for c. 1964 in the absence of firm evidence.


Spellbound by Lagoon 2011

A "reissue" of Spellbound was released by Lagoon in 2011 as "A Pepys Game".

However this game has little in common with the Pepys original. It seems instead to be partly based upon two other games:


Kan-U-Go, a popular card game first published by Jarvis Porter Ltd in the 1930s and later by Waddington's Games Ltd..


&


"Spellbound - A Playing Card Scramble Word Game" by the Exclusive Card Company of Chicago. This game was first published in 1954 and might have led to the incorrect dating of the Pepys game in many sources.



Spellbound by Lagoon 2011



Game & Version Details


​Spellbound - Box & Contents

​Spellbound - Box & Contents


​Spellbound - Blue Plastic Letter Bag

​Spellbound - Blue Plastic Letter Bag


The bag is of poor quality and when I saw my first copy of the game I thought it must be a later replacement. Since then I have seen a few other examples of the game where the bag survives and can confirm that this bag is original.


​Spellbound - Box Lid Long Side

​Spellbound - Box Lid Long Side

​​Spellbound - Box Lid Short Side

​Spellbound - Box Lid Short Side


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