Christmas top 5 2012 – #4

December 18, 2012

Who wants something loud for Christmas? Here is some early Bob Seger, taking a cue from James Brown, and rocking it for the yuletide season.


Board Game Review: It’s Funky Phantom Time

October 26, 2010

I don’t post any where near enough game reviews and with one recent Halloween inspired post, why not another?  So here is a game that would be suitable to play on Halloween. It is the Funky Phantom.

Funky Phantom board game box

Now, me, I cannot every say the title of this game without grunting it like James Brown intoning “it’s the funky drummer, the funky drummer”. All of which goes to show I really do like music too much.

But who is The Funky Phantom? He is the titular character from an early 1970’s cartoon from Hanna-Barbera. However, this was one cartoon that I had never heard of until I came across this game in an op-shop. Turning to Wikipedia reveals that the show was produced by an Australian company. The premise had overtones of Scooby-Doo with teenage characters solving mysteries, aided by the Funky Phantom and his ghost cat Boo. They even had a green coloured vehicle with a name painted on the side; theirs was the Looney Duney. Significantly, for the game that I am about to talk about, the kids originally unleashed the Funky Phantom when they set an old clock to midnight.

Looney Duney from the Funky Phantom board game

The copy of the game that I found for $2 at an op-shop is in very good condition. It had all the cards and playing pieces and was only missing the dice.

Funky Phantom board game

The action is pretty straightforward; you go round the board clockwise hoping to land on ghost squares. When you do you can pick up a card. The objective is to be the first player to get enough cards with numbers that add up to 12. This is in reference to the Funky Phantom being released from his clock when the hands were set to midnight. Adding to the game play is the condition that other players can steal your cards if they land on the same square as you. Also, amongst the cards are cards of Boo the cat, which allow you to change direction. So say it was 6 spaces back to a ghost square and you just threw a 6, play a Boo card and you can go back and pick up a card. The cards themselves only have numbers ranging from 1 to 4 so you need to have collected at least 3 cards before you can claim victory. A word on the cards however; they are little squares and when piled up are very hard to pick up.

Close up of Funky Phantom board game with instructions

The game is designed for the younger player but that is no detriment to enjoying this simple and effective game which is fun and quick to play. Bigger cards which are easier to pick up would have been good.

Rating 3 Dice

3 dice

Funky Phantom board game instructions

Song for a Friday

July 16, 2010

Time for something new and recurring. I’m going to call it Song for a Friday.

Our first pick comes from an event earlier this week wherein I introduced some work mates to The Mighty Hannibal. It all came about from the news of Elton John’s upcoming album, where he is working with Leon Russell. The impending album will also feature a guest spot by The Mighty Hannibal.

So who is The Mighty Hannibal? A quick perusal of his mini-autobiography as included in his Hannibalism compilation album reveals him to have been many things. A singer, a songwriter, a businessman, a producer, a pimp,and a junkie. He taught Marvin Gaye how to dance; he introduced Jimi Hendrix to Little Richard; he used to go fishing with best friends Larry Williams and Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson; had annual parties with Joe Tex and Sam Cooke. He worked in films as an extra; he worked for Johnny Otis; he made an add for Budweiser about malted beer. He claims to have the only picture in the world of James Brown with an afro. James begged for it to be destroyed. Now that James has passed on perhaps Hannibal will release it. Oh, Hannibal also once stole an elephant.

So here is the song for this Friday; It is The Mighty Hannibal with Get In The Groove. I hope it helps make your Friday.

For those wanting more Hannibal here is Jerkin The Dog from the mid 60’s and The Truth Shall Make You Free from the early 70’s.