Jeg har fundet fire papkort på et loppemarked, som ligner byggevejledninger til LEGO-klodser. De bærer alle nummeret “544” og har teksten “Safari – det store Afrikaspil” på bagsiden. Om kortene har været en del af spillet er er en reklame for det, vides ikke, og byggevejledningerne er også ret specielle og ligner ikke noget, som LEGO plejer at lave, fx skal de læses nedefra og op. LEGO-sæt nr. 544 har faktisk klodserne, der skal til at bygge hver af de fire figurer, så det kunne godt tyde på, at kortene på én eller anden måde er forbundet med det sæt, men næppe har været en del af det. Jeg har spurgt i flere LEGO-fora uden at nogen kunne kaste lys over sagen. Hvis du ved noget mere, så vil jeg gerne høre fra dig. Du kan se de fire kort nedenfor inkl. deres bagside. Klik på billedet for en højopløst version (300 dpi).
Opdatering 28.7.2021: Jeg har modtaget informationer om spillet fra en schweizer, som har den franske og tyske udgave af spillet. Her er hans noter på engelsk og billeder af spillet:
Dice was also a part of the game (besides the board and the cards), to select who plays first and how many fields one has to cross. Maybe minifigures from those Basic sets were used as game figures? Or some special figures were given with this game? It’s hard to tell.
On the “cover” of the game board two additional examples of cards can be seen (one for the Basic set 555 and one for 566). As far as I know, only 4 cards were made for the set 544. I’m not sure how many were made for the other two sets (those sets are bigger, so maybe more cards were made for them).
Here is are the instructions for the game (I translated it from those pictures):
• The “Safari” can be played with up to 4 players.
• First, the 4 cards are spread out and then each player draws a card. This way, everyone knows which animal they will have to deal with during the game.
• At the beginning, each player takes the first brick he needs for his animal. Then, each player rolls the dice once: the player with the most points starts, followed by the one sitting to his right, etc.
• Each player progresses according to the number of points they get.
• Any player who rolls a “six” is allowed to play a second time.
• Whoever lands on a square marked with the LEGO logo has the right to take another brick for their animal.
• On some other fields there are short texts describing good and bad events on safari (discovering a mine with precious stones, coming straight to the large herd of impalas which block the road, etc.), depending on which you lose or you get 1 or 2 bricks for your model.
The end of the instructions can not be seen in the picture, but I guess that the winner is the one who completes his model before others.
These cards were part of a LEGO board game “Safari”, released in several countries (probably in 1981).
The game was designed to be used with Basic sets 544, 555 or 566. For each sets there were cards to make animal models from parts avaiable in each set (you have cards for the Basic set 544).
Large board with the map of Africa (and a circular path across Africa) was part of this game.
I have pictures of the Swiss version of this game (with text in French), so if you contact me via email I can send you the pictures.