Silly Games

Storm Katie was indeed a bitch, but although one particular belt that hit in the early hours was strong enough to wake us, we slept relatively well. Winds here reached 65 kph (40 mph) with gusts of 92 kph (57 mph), so we were really rockin’!
The rain started at 9.20 last night (Easter Sunday) and we came a little unstuck taking Maggie up for her final wee having got engrossed in our extended Extended (188 minutes) copy of Avatar. Luckily by the time Hubby got back, it had just started to really fall, and didn’t let up until about 5am today. We’ve had a couple of showers and some hail, but other than that, if you ignore the wind (bloody cold!), it’s been a lovely day.

Our senior friends had a damp night as a window hadn’t closed properly and when the wind changed direction, the rain came in, so they have spent the majority of the day airing their boat and getting things dry.
We invited them in this evening for a game of, would you believe, Snakes and Ladders.

But this was no ordinary game of Snakes and Ladders.
We didn’t have a set, and neither did they, so as usual we improvised.

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Take one piece of card, mark out and number 100 squares

Having marked out our board, we then drew 8 Ladders and 8 Snakes linking various squares, and added little forfeits/bonuses like Miss a Go, Move back 3 spaces, Wait until you throw a 5, Double next score, Advance 2 spaces, Go back to start (which also gave you a ladder putting you on square 38, so just a small penalty).

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Cut four small squares of card and colour, make dice from piece of wood

Having no buttons or tiddlywinks and my tiniest hedgehog ornaments being too big for our board, we cut four squares of card and coloured them differently.
Our dice was a piece of wood cut from the end of a piece of narrow batten, and numbered correctly with opposite sides adding up to 7. We checked it wasn’t ‘loaded’ by throwing it a couple of dozen times, and it didn’t favour any particular number.

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Ready to play

Using a small ‘tot’ glass (which also doubles up as an egg cup sometimes),  this was our shaker.

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Game in play

The four of us (with the combined age of 274 years) then set about playing the game, which was a damn good laugh.

We lost, so are thinking of taking it with us next time we visit MOH.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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5 Responses to Silly Games

  1. colinandray says:

    Ah…. memories. Many years ago we wanted to play monopoly but …. no board. We made up a board and made all the properties local pubs. Improvised for money and voila! Pubopoly. The Get out ofJail Free card was really useful, and if you landed on a pub and rolled a certain number, you got extra drinks (which could be a handicap later!). You “guys” seem to be very creative so make yourself a Pubopoly board. It will have my blessings! 🙂

    • Thanks Colin. You should patent your Puboploy. Being non drinkers, we’d probably make our properties bakeries and sweet shops!

      • colinandray says:

        There you go…. create a game with local pastry shops etc. The penalty squares can be fitness programs and the more time you spend there, the less time you are visiting the shops. The goal of the game could be to own pastry shops. You gain lbs and money by landing on a shop (unless you own it in which case you just gain money) and lose both to some degree at the fitness places. You could even have cards that send you to certain high-end pastry shops. I bet that with a bit of trial and error,you guys could come up with workable fun game!)

  2. Improvised fun is the best. (Whew, glad it’s drying out there)

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