The Prince’s Quest board game


Another interesting junk shop find, this book of reprinted Six Edwardian and Victorian Board Games compiled by Olivia Bristol.

One of the interesting games is called The Prince’s Quest, a ‘fairy race game’ with plenty of random setbacks, depending where you land, access to secret paths and a starting mechanism of rolling a d6 to find which path you set out on.


One of the drawbacks of the reproduced game (which originally covered three game panels) is the tiny spaces to put game counters on.

Marcia Malia’s comment below suggests that her original game board is quite small, like the reproduction.

Peter Laing metal 15mm colonial figures serve as game counter pieces. Photo / figures: Man of TIN.

One solution is to use 15mm Peter Laing figures on simple small bases – I grabbed the nearest figures to hand but should probably have chosen Peter Laing 15mm Knights to match the theme.

It is perfectly dice led as board games go with absolutely no skill element at all, just the luck of dice,  so perfect for solo gaming if you fancy controlling two figures and rolling two dice yourself!

Interesting game and several other techno / scifi almost comedy steampunk games of diving for treasure and an airship inspired A Trip to Mars, beautifully colour reproduced.

Well worth tracking down a copy.

Posted by Mr. MIN, Man of TIN.




Author: 26soldiersoftin

Hello I'm Mark Mr MIN, Man of TIN. Based in S.W. Britain, I'm a lifelong collector of "tiny men" and old toy soldiers, whether tin, lead or childhood vintage 1960s and 1970s plastic figures. I randomly collect all scales and periods and "imagi-nations" as well as lead civilians, farm and zoo animals. I enjoy the paint possibilities of cheap poundstore plastic figures as much as the patina of vintage metal figures. Befuddled by the maths of complex boardgames and wargames, I prefer the small scale skirmish simplicity of very early Donald Featherstone rules. To relax, I usually play solo games, often using hex boards. Gaming takes second place to making or convert my own gaming figures from polymer clay (Fimo), home-cast metal figures of many scales or plastic paint conversions. I also collect and game with vintage Peter Laing 15mm metal figures, wishing like many others that I had bought more in the 1980s ...

2 thoughts on “The Prince’s Quest board game”

  1. Your Princes Quest board looks to be more or less the correct size. I have an original Princes Quest which came from my mother’s family, and there is always a problem with the size of the squares. Unfortunately there is only one knight left and he is unusable. They were made of card, set in a small metal stand. My children loved it when young and now my grandchildren like it, so it is understandably rather battered. We have to use Monopoly pieces to play it with.


    1. Marcia Malia

      Lovely to know that this game is still played – and on an original board as well. Thanks for confirming my question about the size of board and tiny squares. One day I will get around to blowing up / enlarging a copy but it still gives a good game. Frustrating and fun …

      My second hand copy of the board games book had no counters so I improvised.

      Olivia Bristol’s book is well worth tracking down online second hand to play the other games, even if you find a second hand copy with no counters or game cards.

      Hope it continues to give joy and frustration to another generation!

      Mark, Man of TIN blog


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