Happy Birthday Mate….
The wind is blowing and the leafs are floating in the air. For a moment we had a very excited Alan, and then he saw something in his living room. Was it a Christmas tree?
Zoe reassured me it was a Christmas tree, and Alan assured me it was not.
Zoe went about making a proto type.
Apparently it is going to look something like this. Alan assured me it wasn’t.
I get them to settle down round the table to play a couple of games I’ve brought up to play. First off the MB classic Dickens Game, a game suitable for all the family.
I voted to dress as a girl.
And the action started with us all having 15 coins.
Which soon disappeared and started making things tricky.
And having to think how am I going to win. And here I am winning with one card down on the episodes of my novel.
As ever, Zoe has become strategic, with what looks like Alan. Hell that's not on.
Which is good news as Rosie comes through the door and “helps Zoe” play whilst she starts preparing dinner in the kitchen. Near the end the big decision comes to who wants who to win, as it is a 3 way stale mate to the finish.
Alan has spotted one of the other games I have brought along, Ticket to ride Europe. And with that Matt is just in time and comes in the door to play too.
I wasn’t sure why Alan was so excited about this as he has a 20th year edition of the game for the USA. But apparently this version of the games has ferries, tunnels and stations!
The gaming starts and the tension builds. Its actually much more exciting I think.
For some reason Rosie is keeping all her cards she s collecting. This is news to me on the strategy side.
Zoe blocks my route and makes me have a rethink, but the second route can be so easily seen and so easily blocked, and I need to use a lot of cards.
The excitement is never over, but now I know I have covered my three routes, and I have the cards to complete.
I felt smug, and call the game with some 117 points for the blue team.
And for some reason the game is quickly put away for Sunday dinner.
“What am I meant to do with this big orange thing Zoe? Mat asks.
And I’m glad he asked first.
As it happens not only was it presented lovely, it tasted as good too. What a treat. And very very very filling too.
Nobody was sure what to play next, so I reach into the bag and say I have one more game and this is for five players, it the Circle Line Pub Crawl Game. And it was agreed we could play it. The rules seemed to simple. And the game itself was, but with our group it was fun fun fun.
A most enjoyable race around London. What this game needs though is an expansion pack of more cards.
I drop Rosie off home and then go for a trip around the back lanes of Stockport town centre trying to get to the other side and Tesco's filling station. Sometime later and just before they close the M6 for road works I arrive home to the mess of the front room. Tomorrow I need to do some work on this.
I consider it and then
go and see if those toilet blocks that are meant to do 12 flushes a day for 3 weeks are still working. It would appear they are
and with that I go to bed.