Click to hear an interview of Jim Gilbert of Faire Tyme Toys by Bob Steele of CBC Windsor Radio. This interview is with kind permission of CBC Windsor and must NOT be reproduced in any way with out their written consent.
Top Tafel / Top Skittles Game
Although this game is a variation of Skittles it has many differences. The game consists of a board approximately 30 inches long, 16 inches wide and having surrounding sides that are 4 inches high. The game also has several small rooms laid out on the board. The pins (Skittles) are positioned amongst the rooms and a top is launched and sent spinning from one end of the table in an effort to topple as many of the skittles as possible. Each skittle, knocked down, scores a differing number of points. This game probably dates back to, at least, the late 1700s and most likely originated in France (Table A Toupie) or England.
Enjoying the Game
Our Top Tafel Game is made of hard wood.
Click Here to see a video demonstrating the Top Tafel Game. Just use the launcher to make the top knock down the pins. As you see from the video, your luck is not always good enough to enter the back rooms and get the high points!
To watch Faire Tyme Demonstration videos. Each browser and windows program will be different, so please adapt these instructions to your computer.
Fire Fox - Double Click on the Video Link (the word "Here"). If it does not load automatically, click "Browse" and when programs screen loads, select the video program. Click on one of those programs and in a few seconds you will go back to the browse screen with the program now Highlighted. Click ok. When player loads, click the start arrow if it does not start automatically.
Internet Explorer - Click on video. If it does not play automatically, click save and scroll through files to save to your desktop. Then, go to your desktop - the screen you see when you turn on your computer. LEFT click on the file and it will probably play. If it does not, then RIGHT click on the file and then click "Open With", and on next screen click "choose Program". Click on Quick time, or if you do not have it try Real Time Player or Windows Media Player, which ever works. After looking at the video, go to your desk top and RIGHT click on the file and click delete and the file will be gone
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