One Christmas, in 1983, I opened a box that would forever shape my life!
Okay, not really but I definitely had a blast with Crossbows & Catapults! How could you not? Vikings and Barbarians battle it out, smashing walls and knocking over towers, to take possession of the loot inside enemy territory. This game was a good catalyst for introducing kids to wargaming, although I was also playing Cry Havoc around the same time. I spent hours and hours with my brothers, setting up the walls and defenses that couldn't be smashed. We had a second set to we would combine them together to make some impenetrable walls. It got a little out of hand!
Later, I used some Christmas money to by some of the add on games like:
The Dragon and The Trojan Horse and Battle Shield. They also had a Cyclops, Minotaur, and a battering ram but I never bought these for some reason.
There's a newer version on the market now, I'm thinking about picking it up but unfortunately it doesn't have the same feel. Instead of Vikings and Barbarians it's Orcs and Knights. But it's essentially the same game.