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Blogger board game club: Timeline British history

Published July 14, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I am very happy to be part of the Blogger board game club. Each month we will be sent a different game to play from the Esdevium games collection. 

Our first game is Timeline. Timeline games come in tins and without the usual board or dice. There are many versions of Timeline. The version we have is British History. Other versions include inventions, music & cinema and even a Star Wars version (I would be hopeless at that one)

Timeline is essentially a card game as that is all that the game consists of, along with a decorative tin to keep the cards in. 

There are 110 cards in total, each one being double sided with very clear artistic images on both sides. 

One side has a description of an event in British history (left card) and the other side will have the same event but with a date added.

The idea of the game is to make a timeline. To do this, 4 cards get dealt to each player with the date side face down so only the event side is visible. One card from the remaining deck is turned onto the side with the date and this starts off the timeline. The first player reads out the event on the card and needs to guess whether the event occurred before or after the initial playing card and then places the card. 

If correct play passes to the next player and so on, if wrong they have to choose another card from the deck and everyone keeps playing with the timeline getting bigger and bigger. 

The winner is the person to place all of their cards correctly first so they have no cards remaining.

The timelines get long quickly, so can be made into other shapes rather than long lines as above. 

Timeline British history is a good fun family game which doesn’t take too long to play, but it’s a whole lot more than just fun. Many children (and even adults) find history a bit boring but this game makes it fun without them even realising. The timeline makes a good history lesson, learning about events and when they happened. My children were especially happy when a card came up that they knew the date of – The great fire of London being just one. The dates may even come in useful for school history lessons, when a teacher asks “if anyone knows when x event happened etc and also helpful with homework. Discovering British events on the timeline also gives a chance for family discussions. My children have asked about a few of the events on the cards including the Newtons Law one. I do my best to a serf and it’s easy to google it if I don’t know. A game like this has many learning benefits. 

Another good thing about Timeline is that it’s one of those games where the rules can be slightly altered to suit. For instance – The four cards dealt can be changed to a bigger number, we like to play 6/7 each at a time. A timer can be introduced for quicker thinking and cards placed wrongly can be put in their correct place rather back in the pile, again increasing the size of the timeline.

The size of the game and practicality of the small tin makes it a good game to take away on holidays, trips and time at relatives. 

One timeline tin is suitable for 2-8 players. The recommended playing age is 8 and over: but…. I do think this could be lowered a little. Izebella is only 4 and obviously can’t read the cards herself, yet she still plays along with us. She joins in just the same and the only difference being that I read the card to her. She then looks at the pictures on the cards and places where she thinks it will go. She knows what modern day people and places look like and knows if a picture looks much older etc. She is actually quite good at guessing and again it’s educational fun for her.

This version of Timeline is currently available over on Amazon starting from £12.99.

(I received this game as part of the blogger board game club, free of charge)

Fun with Esdevium games 

Published November 7, 2016 by Bizzimummy

A few weeks ago we received some games from Esdevium, I also had the best pleasure of meeting Esdevium at the blogging conference back in September. 

The first game is Dory Dobble. There are many other different versions of the Dobble game but this one is focused around Dory characters.

Dobble is an easy game and there are a few ways you can play it. If your not familiar with Dory then it’s all about matching images on two cards. 

Each card contains several images, including Dory and friends and other things. The way we play is a little like any other cars game. We deal out one card each, turn the remaining card pile face up and then try to match one symbol on our cards with the top playing card. The one who matches first keeps that card and then a new card is revealed and the winner is the one with the most cards at the end.

The rules do sound a bit hard to follow and perhaps confusing but it is really easy to play. 

It comes in a small round metal tin so all the cards are kept together and not lost. It is so easy that even the very young ones can join in and it’s perfect for travelling too.
Our second game is Timeline. Again this comes in many different versions. We have the British history version and trust me, you can learn a lot from this game.

Timeline consists of lots of small highly decorative cards. One side of the card will have a moment in British history and the other side has the date.

A good way to play is by dealing 4 cards to each player, obviously this can be changed to suit with more or less cards. The cards need to be dealt date side down so the year is hidden.

One card from the pile is then turned over, date side up to reveal a moment in time. Players then play one card at a time and have to guess if their moment in history occurred before or after the card in play. If it’s guessed correctly their card stays but if wrong the card goes to the bottom of the pile and player chooses a new card. The winner being the player to correctly guess and place all their cards first.

Timeline may start easy but quickly becomes difficult as more cards and dates are placed down.

As it’s a guessing game it does mean that most ages can join in. Even Izebella who is still in nursery happily joins in. I just tell her what the historic event is and she will guess where it may go. The educational part of course is finding out when historic events actually happened.

Timeline also comes in a beautiful decorative tin so we never need to lose our cards.

Both of these games can be purchased from Amazon and most good toy stores. You can find out more about Esdevium games on their website.


Published November 13, 2014 by Bizzimummy

Timeline are a collection of fun, educational card games. They come in 5 choices of subject – Inventions, Science & discoveries, Music & Cinema, general interest and Historical events.


I was able to choose one of the games to try out with my children and chose the Music & Cinema one which I was then sent from Esdevium Games

The games come in cute little tin and consist of 110 small picture cards, no board, no dice, no batteries.


Me and Ryan decided to have a couple of goes, just the 2 of us before explaining the rules to Jordanna who sometimes finds new game rules difficult and is also a little young with the game being aimed at 8 and over.

A quick glance through the instructions is all we needed as it's pretty straight forward. Ryan did question why there was no board if you have to make a timeline but the timeline is just created with the cards and can be placed anywhere.

The cards are all double sided with pictures either side but one side has a year printed on it. The other is a title of the movie or song on the card.

2-8 players can play. To begin with it was just me and Ryan. The instructions say to start with just 4 cards each but I think with 2 players you need more cards or it can be over quickly. The rest of the cards remain in a pile and all cards remain date side down.
A card from the pile is turned to reveal a year and the first player then taked one of their playing cards and either place it to the left or right of the dealt card (before or after that year). The card is then turned over to reveal the year. If guessed correctly it remains part of the time line and if wrong it goes to the bottom of the pile and the player gets a new card. The game continues with players placing cards where they think they belong in the timeline, which then gets bigger and bigger. It continues until players have used all their cards.

I was quite surprised to see some very up to date movies and songs in there. Many movie favourites too such as Titanic, Matrix and ET. There is music and film from many eras and even as far back as the 1400s right up until modern day. A few of them have caught me out, such as the Texas Chainsaw Massacre which I would of sworn was the 80s but apparently much older and Bohemian Rhapsoday which I really thought was the 1990s but again much older, just shows that parents don't know everything ha.


The cards are well designed with lovely images. You don't need to have a knowledge of film and music to play this either as the majority of it is guess work and the images on the cards also help a little too. The longer the line gets, the tougher it gets to place the cards correctly. It's fun, educational and we all enjoy playing it.

There is not any negatives or anything bad that I can say about the game. It’s really simple to play and the tin makes a great place for all the cards to be stored away. I think if it was player too often then players would probably begin to memorise the dates and then it would get pointless but it’s good for rainy days and for taking on the hols too. It also brings back a few memories with classic movies and songs.
This game is available to buy on Amazon for £11.12 and comes with free delivery too.

I would also like to try out one of the other titles in the series of these games. Ryan would no douby love the science one and the invention one sounds like a challenge too.


Half term fun with Dobble

Published February 10, 2014 by Bizzimummy

My children break up for half term on Friday and with the weather feeling colder and the rain still pouring they can get fairly bored stuck indoors.
Luckily they have been sent some fun games from Esdevium games. The first of which is named Dobble

Dobble is a fun yet very simple games consisting of a little tin and 55 round cards.

Each card consists of a series of objects such as hearts, igloos, trees, cars, scissors and more. There are several mini games that can be played and each involve either getting as many cards as possible or getting rid of your cards first.
The games all involve matching patterns from the cards you have to the play card or the opponents card. Every pair of cards will have one matching symbol on each and players have to look at their own card and find the matching symbol.
Sounds simple doesn’t it? Believe me it’s not as easy as it sounds. Even I struggled a fair few times to find the symbol, you have to look close. The symbol won’t be in the same position as it is on a matching card and may not be the same size either. Look at this picture of these two cards.

Did you find the one matching symbol?
Dobble is all about observation and speed. Players have to observe two cards very very carefully and spot the one symbol that matches before the other players.
The first mini game starts off by each player having one card each face up. The deck stays in the middle favs up and players try and match a symbol. Whoever matches and shouts first takes the card and places it over their first one. Thus revealing a new card in the deck to match too. The winner is then the player with most cards.
The second mini game involves all the cards but one being dealt and players trying to get rid of their cards first,

There are 5 different mini games to play.
Dobble states it’s suitable for ages 6 and over tho I think younger children would also enjoy it. It’s for 2-8 players and lots of fun.
I have seen Dobble in Tesco for £12.99 aswell as Amazon and many other toy/game retailers.

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