I loved "Dark Shadows: when I was a kid. It was a soap opera, but instead of all that boring kissing, there were vampires! Witches! Warlocks! Creepy crypts and crashing waves! Grave-robbing! And, of course, Jonathan Frid as Barnabas Collins.
There were actually two "Dark Shadows" board games. The one in the commercial below is probably the most valuable--the "Barnabas Collins" game. It came with a coffin, bones to build a skeleton, a stake, and fangs you could wear. I imagine there aren't too many of those games left intact--too many pieces for little knuckleheads like us to lose.
I had the other one, called simply "Dark Shadows," and pictured and described so well here. You collected creepy-motif cards, depicting goblets, spiders, knives and bats. You have to have the right card to move ahead, or something. But man, around 1975 I knew every rule of this game backwards and forwards. My best friend, Brenda, and I played it all the time. And then we moved, and for some reason, I thought it would be this great generous gesture to GIVE Brenda the "Dark Shadows" game. I did, but man, I regret that magnaminity still. It was a great, great game.
What's your favorite long-lost board game? Or do you want to talk "Dark Shadows"?