Don’t Tip The Waiter

Don’t Tip The Waiter

In 1979 the Colorforms company put out this wonderful game. I used to play it at my grandmother’s house with my cousins. I haven’t seen it in years. Yet, I require it. I must find it. I have to have it.

Many years ago I realized it had gone missing from Grandma’s. She had no idea what happened to it. It was just… gone. And, you know how it is. Now it has become a thing. I can’t let it go. It haunts me.

Why was this game so great? Hell if I know. It probably wasn’t. Yet, because I don’t have it in my posession to ignore personally, I just find myself longing for it. Occasionally, I check eBay to see if I can find it cheaply. Never happens. The cheap versions are missing parts. And the complete sets are expensive. The completed auction I shamelessly swiped these photos from was for a complete set (as you’ll see) and sold for $41 + $5.60 shipping and handling! I’m getting married in 3 months, I don’t have that kind of cash on hand to throw away on a board game. Not even this, the most awesome of all board games.

These pictures represent the first time I have even seen this game (except for pictures of the cover on board game websites) in probably 20 years. Now I want this game back even more!

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The game consisted of a large-nosed waiter made of heavy cardboard.

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Once assembled, his torso and arms would rock back and forth in an unsteady manner.

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At the top of his outstretched hand, above his head, was a tray. And on this tray would sit the crux of the game. The plates of food!

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The food was the best. Just look at it! The corn-on-the-cob, the spaghetti, the alphabet soup, the… whatever that is third one down on the left-hand side! My favorite meals are the lollipop and the candy cane on plates. Ya gotta love that.

I believe the point of the game was to take turns putting a plate on the waiter’s tray. Whoever made the waiter tip and dump the plates then had to pay the waiter cash-money (you know, tipping the waiter for “tipping the waiter”). I think whoever was left with money in the end won the game. Or maybe I’m forgetting something. But speaking of money, the money in this game ROCKS.

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So I know, I know. It’s a silly and pointless game. But that’s why I like it. Sometimes silly and pointless things are the best (hence, this whole site!)!

If anyone knows where I can get this game – complete – and for not a huge wad of dough, let me know! And please, please…

DON’T TIP THE WAITER!

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Kelly
(blog post only…no article this time!)

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3 Responses to Don’t Tip The Waiter

  1. RollerKaty says:

    This game looks awesome – I want to play!

  2. Grt_jill says:

    You might want to know that Fundex games is re-releasing this game in Spring of 08.
    Look for it in your local speciality toy store!

  3. Awesome! Not the same as vintage, but it might have to do! Thanx!

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