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ROCKHOUND geological board game!

is a game I designed in the mid-nineties to put some of the geological knowledge I had gained in my career to good use. It can be played by one to eight players and basically consists of a map of the British Isles with sets of cards which each player uses to visit sites of geological interest. Players have to collect letters and make geological words. Players use dice to move.

A complete list of ROCKHOUND cards

  1. River Wey, near St. Catherine's Chapel, Guildford, Surrey
  2. Stair Hole, Lulworth Cove, Dorset
  3. Hound Tor, near Manaton, Dartmoor, Devon
  4. Danes's Dyke, Flamborough Head, Humberside
  5. Harrot area, near Lorton, Cumbria
  6. Folkestone Warren, Kent
  7. Tolsta Head, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides
  8. Dinorwic Slate Quarry, Llanberis, Gwynedd
  9. Annis' Knob, Beer, Devon
  10. Avon Gorge, Clifton, Bristol, Avon
  11. West Runton, near Cromer, Norfolk
  12. Clutters Cave, near Wynds Point, Hereford & Worcester
  13. West Bay, near Bridport, Dorset
  14. Nab Gill Mine area, near Boot, Eskdale, Cumbria
  15. Wild Pear Beach, near Combe Martin, Devon
  16. Roche Rock, Roche, Cornwall
  17. Talisker Bay, Isle of Skye, Inner Hebrides
  18. near Warden Point, Isle of Sheppey, Kent
  19. Pwyll Y Wrach Nature Reserve, near Talgarth, Powys
  20. Whin Sill, High Force, River Tees, Co Durham
  21. Gin Cave, Black Halls Rocks, near Peterlee, Co Durham
  22. Goyt's Moss area, near Buxton, Derbyshire
  23. Sratchmill Scar, Cumbria
  24. Calfhow Head, Greystoke Forest, near Greystoke, Cumbria
  25. Crousa Gabbro, near North Corner, Cornwall
  26. Irchester Country Park, near Little Irchester, Northamptonshire
  27. Pentire Point, New Polzeath, near Padstow, Cornwall
  28. Harthope Linn, The Cheviot, Northumberland
  29. Ippikin's Rock, Hilltop, Shropshire
  30. Stanage Edge, near Bamford, Derbyshire
  31. Castell Carndochan, near Dolhendre, Gwynedd
  32. near Horsdon, near Wooler, Northumberland
  33. near Achininver, Highland Region
  34. Redhythe Point, near Portsoy, Grampian Region
  35. Keltie Water, near Callander, Central Region
  36. Aldons Hill, near Aldons, Strathclyde Region
  37. Giant's Causeway, near Causeway Head, County Antrim
  38. Allt Sgiathaig, near Coire Riabhach, Highland Region
  39. Torridon House, near Torridon, Highland Region
  40. River Wear, near Prebends Bridge, Durham
  41. Gedgrave Cliff, near Orford, Suffolk
  42. Garden Cliff, Cleeve, near Westbury-on-Severn, Gloucestershire
  43. Beacon Hill, near Birmingham, West Midlands
  44. Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset
  45. Bracklesham Bay, Bracklesham, West Sussex
  46. Old Nab, near Staithes, North Yorkshire
  47. near Coille Gaireallach, Skye, Inner Hebrides
  48. Treak Cliff Cavern, Castleton, Derbyshire
  49. near Lower Chicksgrove, Wiltshire
  50. Cliff End, near Pett Level, East Sussex

ROCKHOUND exposure card 6. AWN 

Folkestone Warren, Kent, England.
Grid reference TR255381.

Eon: Phanerozoic.
Era: Mesozoic.
System: Cretaceous.
Series: Upper Cretaceous.
Stage: Cenomanian.
Group: Chalk.
Formation: East Wear Bay.

Rock classification: carbonate sedimentary rock.
Lithology: white, very finely crystalline
limestone (chalk). Often marly.

Fossils: algae, calcispheres, foraminifera,
bivalve fragments and trace fossils.

Structure/geomorphology: gently dipping beds
forming rounded hills and sea cliffs, common

Uses: aquifer, building stone, soil treatment,

A card from ROCKHOUND designed in the nineties.

Rockhound game board
The Rockhound board

ROCKHOUND exposure card 21. AZB 

Gin Cave, Black Halls Rocks, near Peterlee,
Co Durham, England.
Grid reference NZ473390.

Eon: Phanerozoic.
Era: Palaeozoic.
System: Permian.
Series: Upper Permian.
Stage: ?
Group: Don.
Formation: Ford.

Rock classification: carbonate sedimentary rock.
Lithology: cream dolomite.

Fossils: bryozoa, stromatolitic algae,
foraminifera, brachiopods, gastropods and

Structure/geomorphology: beds anticlinally
folded and locally faulted forming sea cliffs.

Uses: tourist scenery, local steel making,
refractory bricks and linings.

A card from ROCKHOUND designed in the nineties.

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Guildford Priory Shopping Centre
Guildford Priory Shopping Centre

SHOPKEEPERS is a board game I invented in the early nineties for 2 to 4 players. The cards can be coloured with paints or crayons and some have a plastic film enabling them to be wiped clean. You can write on them with wax or plastic crayons to work out your margins etc..

Each player runs a shop - grocery, garage, jeweller or clothes and has to purchase stock and sell stock to other players. There are five types of token representing man, woman, son, daughter and employee. The owner can build a workforce and win by leaving £10,000 to his eldest child!

Action-cards tell players what to do - players can have children, get married, go on holiday etc.. Players use Shopkeepers money to trade.

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