Family Game Night – Part 3
13 Dead End Drive
We have a new favourite on Family Game Nights. It’s called 13 Dead End Drive. You’re either gonna be lucky or unlucky by the end of this game.
Here’s the story. Aunt Agatha just passed away. She has no surviving relatives. So her fortune is up for grabs. Her 12 friends and employees are anxiously waiting for the reading of her will. But it says only one will inherit her fabulous wealth – the one whose portrait is hanging on the wall.
The gameboard is the mansion and it is full of traps. There’s a toppling statue, a shaky chandelier, a bookcase ladder that could fall. There are also secret passages. You have to watch out as you move your pawns because these traps could literally fall on them.
The 12 suspects are: the butler, the chef, the maid, the chauffeur, the gardener, the doctor, the tennis coach, the best friend, the boyfriend, the hair stylist, the fortune-teller, and yeah, the cat.
You win in three ways:
1. If your pawn gets out of the mansion when it’s portrait is shown hanging on the wall.
2. If your pawn is the last one alive.
3. If the detective arrives at the front door and your pawn’s portrait is shown hanging on the wall.
This is such a fun game to play.
Another game we have been playing lately is the mancala. When Ryland saw the sungka at the Folklorama Philippine Pavilion last weekend, he said, “It’s like the mancala.” I smiled because when I first saw a mancala, I thought, it’s like the sungka.
The mancala gameboard is a tray with six small bowls on each side and two large bowls on each end called the mancalas. Instead of (tamarind) seeds or tiny shells, as we use in sungka, mancala uses these tiny colourful plastic African animals.
Before starting the game, four seeds are placed in each bowl, except the two mancalas. A player owns the six small bowls closest to him and the mancala on his right. The first player scoops the seeds from one of his bowls and drops one seed at a time in each bowl, going counterclockwise. A player never drops seeds in his opponent’s mancala. He skips it and continues dropping seeds until he has no more in his hands. The two players take turns. If a seed lands in an empty bowl on his side, he takes the seeds in the opponent’s bowl directly across from it and also the seed that he dropped in the empty bowl and puts them in his own mancala.
The game ends when a player has no more seeds left in his bowls. The other player places his remaining seeds in his own mancala. The player with the most number of seeds in his mancala wins.
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