As anyone who is familiar with one of these will remember, the match boxes each represent a square on the campaign map. Players take it in turns to secretly move the units of their army, represented by a chip or token that is moved from one box to another as it marches around the map. If an enemy token is found when opening a box to move your own token then contact has been made. Simple and an effective way of allowing for hidden movement in a campaign without the need for an umpire.
I had one of these back in the 70's/80's but only a third of the size of yours....
A nice memory of campaigns past.
Tony de Lyall automated/computerised the matchbox chest concept.. available free on line as "Berthier"...ReplyDelete
My, that brings back a few long buried memories...ReplyDelete
That's rather nifty.ReplyDelete
Very cool that you still have this intact! I've never actually seen one of these made up though have read of them of course in one of Don Featherstone's books. How long did it take to collect the necessary matchboxes?ReplyDelete
Hi Stokes, it probably took several months if not years to get it to,the size it is now. It was always an ongoing project.Delete
Ah yes, the matchbox campaign. Have you considered taking it to repair shop for renovation Colin?ReplyDelete
I thought of the TV Show the Repair Shop......Delete