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Angus Hyland, a partner at Pentagram London, has created modern takes on two vintage games released by Laurence King Publishing. The first, named Rock, Paper, Scissors, Bomb, reprises the popular children’s playground pastime as a quick-fire card game for two—with the added violence of a bomb that destroys all other cards. Featuring illustrations by Copenhagen-based Mads Berg, Rock, Paper, Scissors, Bomb brings a touch of Italian futurism to card play.

The second game, Dazzleship Battleships, repurposes the classic travel game Battleships—synonymous with children’s exercise books and plastic ships—as a World War I naval battle. Taking their visual cues from history, Hyland and his team evoked the camouflage used by the Allied naval forces during World War I. When starkly colored stripes and curves were combined with distorted perspectives, it created confusing optical illusions—appropriately named “dazzle camouflage”—that made it difficult for enemies to judge a ship’s outline, speed and direction. These complex geometrical patterns are used throughout Dazzleship Battleships, from the game’s box—featuring a woodcut cover by London-based illustrator Andrew Davidson—to its two playbooks—set on redrawn nautical maps—to its accompanying booklet, which explains the history of dazzle camouflage and its relationship to avant-garde art.

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