Casa Editrice Astorina, Italy, ca. 1958


Another 1950s Giro d'Italia game-of-goose game. This one was sold in a small envelope. Once unfolded, the game measures 35 X 50 cms.

There was probably something else originally included in the envelope. A die, or any three dimensional object for that matter, is out of question (although one die is needed to play the game).

If there were riders, they must have been paper cyclists, possibly to cut and paste onto carboard.

Since counters are mentioned in some squares, we can assume that there were some flat counters included in the envelope.

And of course, even if most relevant rules are printed on the board, there was surely a rules' sheet.




As you can see, judging from the envelope, the game looks like a quite complete one, including sprints, time trials, prices for each stage, etc.



Then you discover that the rule for the time trial is that players who fall on th time trial square get an extra throw, or that the maglia rosa square just says "move forward 8 spaces and withdraw a counter". My favourite rule is "Forunculosis: Miss one turn" (square 68).

By the way, the use of counters is not clear.





The clue for dating the game is the picture of the rider on the bottom right corner. Though the picture is not too good, I would say that it is Gastore Nencini, winner of the 1957 Giro d'Italia. My guess (and it just a guess) is that the game features the winner of the last edition of the Giro, in which case it might be a game made for the 1958 session.



Back of the envelope