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Source : Bound for Berlin [game] : the Great War game
Place Of Creation : Sydney
Publisher : D.J. Wildey
Date of creation : [1917?]
Format : Game
Dimensions : 320 x 510 mm
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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A game for two to five players, each player representing one of the Allies - Australia, Britain, France, Italy and Russia. The first player to reach Berlin wins.

Bound for Berlin was a one of a number of games produced for children in response to the intense patriotism engendered by the First World War. In this game the race is on to see which of the Allies could get to Berlin first. Along the way, and starting from different points in Europe, the players passed through various places that would have been current in the newspaper accounts of the war, though they are much less familiar today. With strong and highly coloured imagery, Bound for Berlin used the popular caricature of the German Kaiser. The players were encouraged to eat Nestle's chocolate as they played the game, in an unusual advertising campaign.

War and the concept of Empire have inspired many games: many major conflicts from Waterloo through to the 20th century have resulted in board or other table games. While some are simple race games, others involve strategy and one player pitting his wits against the other. Others again, such as Target for tonight, are three-dimensional.
Period : 1914-1918
Further reading :

Goodfellow, Caroline. A collector's guide to games and puzzles, London: Apple Press, c1991

Holden, Robert. Race to the finish: an exhibition of Australian children's board games from colonial times to the present day, Manly, N.S.W.: Manly Art Gallery & Museum, 1986

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