Saturday, November 15, 2008

Gaming With Grandma - 81

Well we haven't played any board games for over a month now. Grandma has still been visiting on Saturday mornings but we've been doing other things. It's warmed up enough to swim so we've been spending a lot of time in the pool. Also Georgia is now of an age where she's starting to drop the morning nap which means it's more difficult to play games when a two (almost three) -year-old is wanting attention.

However, this morning we did get to play a game. My wife, Debbie, recently picked up a second-hand Ravensburger children's game called Cat & Mouse for $2.00. It's a roll-and-move game but has some lovely components. Of note is the large plastic cheese in the centre of the board.

The object of the game is to be the first to claim five pieces of cheese. On your turn you roll the die. It's a special die with only 1 to 3 on the faces. You move clockwise that many spaces. Depending on the space you land on you can either grab one or two pieces of cheese, give a cheese back to the bank, or move Max the cat to any space (Max will scare any mice on the space and they drop a piece of cheese). If a mouse lands on a space containing a ladder you get to climb to the top of the wedge of cheese and drop your mouse down a hole in the middle. Your mouse will then slide down through the cheese and out through one of the holes to a random space. After you've moved your mouse you must move Max the cat clockwise one space. Any mouse on the space that Max moves to must give back a piece of cheese.

And that's basically it. Not that much fun for adults but it should keep the kids amused for a while. We played three games.

Game 1: Maddie 5, Grandma 4, Me 2
Game 2: Maddie 5, Grandma 3, Me 2
Game 3: Me 5, Maddie 1, Grandma 0

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