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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 04 April 2018 at 3:36am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Did anyone ever play Subbuteo?

Subbuteo is a tabletop football game that requires (rather difficultly) flicking plastic, 3D-moulded players (originally 2D 'flats') and ensuring they score a goal. Here's a picture:





Created some time after WWII, by a former RAF officer, the game is quite difficult to play. It's rather random and chaotic. Good luck playing a consistent game when it requires you to flick plastic players into a ball - and get that ball into the net.

But I had hours of fun with it! Over time, you could buy different teams. And, much like railway modelling, you could buy extras such as linesmen, police officers, etc.

Did anyone play it?


Edited by Robbie Parry on 04 April 2018 at 3:37am
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Darren Ashmore
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Posted: 04 April 2018 at 8:16am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Ah Robbie, Subbuteo .  What memories it brings back. I was never into it but my my older brother was, he was more into model making and train sets and Subbuteo sort of dovetailed with that hobby.  In the mid seventies he had all the top teams and I specifically remember a Christmas day when he and my Dad took over the Christmas Dining table to play a game with the new set he'd got.  They soon got moved on by my Mum who wanted to put out the lunch !!!
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 04 April 2018 at 12:08pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Excellent anecdote, Darren.

There are rugby and cricket Subbuteo sets. I am not entirely sure how that would work. That would seem impossible. ;-)
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Darren Ashmore
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Posted: 04 April 2018 at 12:36pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Rugby I can sort of see but Cricket? 
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 04 April 2018 at 1:01pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Yeah, rugby is doable. But cricket? How do you get fielders to catch the ball? 
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 04 April 2018 at 1:06pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

I mean, LOL:

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Trevor Thompson
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Posted: 25 April 2018 at 4:21am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Played it but on the carpet floor instead of a table or a board. Not ideal but I enjoyed it even if I never quite understood the rules. 
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