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Published October 06, 2015 Updated July 27, 2022

Round the World

Round the World card game published by Pepys, 1961.

1961 United Kingdom Castell Bros Pepys Education Geography Card Games Add to Collection

Round the World card game was published by Pepys (Castell Brothers) in 1961 & late 1960s. It is an UNO-style game played like Speed, with the Comet cards acting like the Lightning cards. It is also very educational with inspiring representations of different locations around the world, grouped into five continents. The aim is to get rid of all your cards by matching either the continent or the number on the card with the top card on the discard pile... unless you have a Comet card.

Captain Cook would certainly have approved!

Right: the title card from the 1st edition
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1st Edition

Round the World card game published by Pepys, 1961 Round the World card game published by Pepys, 1961 Round the World card game published by Pepys, 1961 Round the World card game published by Pepys, 1961 Round the World card game published by Pepys, 1961

Above: first edition of Round the World card game published by Pepys, 1961.

2nd Edition

A second edition of Round the World was issued in the late 1960s when Concorde first flew and this aircraft was substituted for the Comet. Also, the Brazil picture changes from night to day, and the box and back colours are changed.

Round the World card game published by Pepys, 1969

Above: Round the World 2nd edition, late 1960s.

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By Rex Pitts (1940-2021)

Member since January 30, 2009

Rex's main interest was in card games, because, he said, they were cheap and easy to get hold of in his early days of collecting. He is well known for his extensive knowledge of Pepys games and his book is on the bookshelves of many.

His other interest was non-standard playing cards. He also had collections of sheet music, music CDs, models of London buses, London Transport timetables and maps and other objects that intrigued him.

Rex had a chequered career at school. He was expelled twice, on one occasion for smoking! Despite this he trained as a radio engineer and worked for the BBC in the World Service.

Later he moved into sales and worked for a firm that made all kinds of packaging, a job he enjoyed until his retirement. He became an expert on boxes and would always investigate those that held his cards. He could always recognize a box made for Pepys, which were the same as those of Alf Cooke’s Universal Playing Card Company, who printed the card games. This interest changed into an ability to make and mend boxes, which he did with great dexterity. He loved this kind of handicraft work.

His dexterity of hand and eye soon led to his making card games of his own design. He spent hours and hours carefully cutting them out and colouring them by hand.


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