Camelot, a board game for two players, fills an interesting niche on the checkers to chess continuum. The original box describes it as being 100 times more lively than checkers. Closer to checkers than chess in difficulty, it, none-the-less, offers the checkers player a more involved yet easily mastered step up in play. Conversely, the game allows the chess player a less complex and less time consuming entertainment which still requires attention and involves a degree of tactical maneuvering. Chess masters comment on the game on the back of the rule book.
Camelot was conceived under a different name by George S. Parker in the late 1800's. This slightly different version is from Parker Brothers (George S. Parker's later company) in the early 1930's. The game combines elements of checkers and Chinese checkers with a very slight nod to chess.
The complete set of 24 playing pieces and the game board are in very good shape. The opened game board measures 19" by 17." The original box is intact although the four corners of the cover show damage and are taped. The bottom of the box shows some damage--see pictures. The game includes a complete set of rules with examples of the different moves. It also includes some quick start guide sheets.
This game is for someone who wants something more than checkers but who does not want to invest the time and effort in chess. It is quick paced; it calls for some thought; and it is fun to play.