Have Gun Will Travel board game

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2015-06-26 11:02:07

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The Have Gun Will Travel board game is a vintage games based on the U.S television series of the same name.

Background

The game was released by Parker Brothers in 1959, and based on the successful Western television series which ran on CBS from 1957 until 1963.

The show followed the adventures of a gentleman gunfighter named Paladin, a former soldier and world traveller who dresses in black and works as a champion-for-hire. The role was famously played by the actor Richard Boone, who portrayed the character as a refined, Wild West-era James Bond figure with expensive tastes.

The show was also translated into a popular radio serial, which ran from 1958 until 1960 and featured different actors playing the roles.

The Parker Bros Have Gun Will Travel board game

The aim of the game is to travel around the board to different cities, capturing outlaws for rewards. Each of the players is given an initial card depicting an outlaw, the fee for capturing him and the town he’s hiding in. Players then move around the board in pursuit of their chosen targets, which are captured when a spinner stops on ‘hit’.

Once a criminal is caught, the player draws another card and goes after another, until they have earned $15,000. If a player lands on a space occupied by another they have a shootout (using the spinner and a ‘highest score wins’ process) and the loser loses one of their outlaws.

How much is a Have Gun Will Travel board game worth?

Although the game is fairly rare and the television show is well-remembered, the secondary market for copies is only strong for the best-condition examples. Good condition games with most or all of their pieces have sold on auction sites such as eBay for between $15 and $30, with complete, mint-condition copies selling for up to $60 in some cases.

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