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zoas23
10-02-2012, 03:18 AM
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/c9/Ka-bala.jpg


Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ka-Bala


Ka-Bala was a talking board game manufactured and released by the Transogram Company in 1967. It was marketed under the slogan, "The Mysterious Game that Tells the Future."

The game was molded out of green plastic that glowed in the dark. It sat upon a hemispherical rocker, and was operated by the players touching the "solary projectors", which were handles on either side of the game. Unlike most talking boards which are activated by a planchette, the Ka-Bala used a large black marble as an indicator; the marble ran around a circular track on the surface of the game. In addition to indicating the letters and numbers printed around the track, the marble could also be used to select one of twenty-two major arcana cards of occult tarot supplied with the game. Each tarot card had the fortune it predicted printed on the back. The game also had the twelve zodiac signs marked along the track; these could be used to generate a simple horoscope. In the center of the rocking board, the "Eye of Zohar" was mounted; this plastic eyeball would spin as the board was agitated by the players.

The name "Ka-Bala" and the reference to Zohar indicate that the game was supposedly related to the kabbalistic school of Jewish mysticism. As they operated the game, the players were instructed to chant Pax, sax, sarax; hola, noa, nostra! The Transogram company also made and sold the horror-themed glowing board game Green Ghost.

How the game looked like:
http://www.samstoybox.com/toypics/KaBala2.jpg

The Tarot Cards (Take a look at "The World"!!!!!):
http://www.samstoybox.com/toys/KaBala.html

The package of the game:
http://www.samstoybox.com/toypics/KaBalaBox.jpg

This is certainly one of the weirdest games ever created.... !!!!

Someone is selling it on ebay:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-1967-Kabala-Ka-Bala-Fortune-Telling-Game-Transogram-Complete-/120993230809?pt=Games_US&hash=item1c2bc22fd9

(LOL... no, I'm not promoting this seller... I don't even know him).

Ghislain
10-02-2012, 06:20 AM
It will be interesting to see how much it finally fetches Zoas.

I have to agree with you about it being the weirdest.

Ghislain

zoas23
10-04-2012, 08:07 AM
I'd love to have one... just because it is so absurd that it was created and released. Mostly for the giggles.

Ghislain
10-14-2012, 11:03 PM
$86 ... cheap :)

Ghislain

zoas23
10-15-2012, 04:50 AM
$86 ... cheap :)

Ghislain

LOL... did you get it?

John Dee would be jealous!

Ghislain
10-15-2012, 07:24 AM
lol...No, I just missed it at $85.99 :(

Ghislain