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Gaming in June

July 1, 2014

If there was a gaming theme for June, it was traditional games. Through the month we played Chess, Draughts, Dominoes, Backgammon and Awale (or Oware, or whatever you want to call it — it’s a Mancala variant), the last of which was improvised with an egg box that Miss B acquired, along with some pennies.

It's not all about the latest, modern, shiny games.

It’s not all about the latest, modern, shiny games.

This was also a month where, after a few months of being less interested, Miss B was back to being really active in requesting games — though unfortunately this was often near bed time so there was usually only time for something very short.

We also, as I reported a couple of weeks back, played two games that Miss B had invented herself.

So, over the month we played 13 different games for a total of 19 plays. The games we played more than once were Dominoes 4 times, and Darjeeling, Gubs and Pass the Pigs, all twice.

This leaves our leading game for the year so far being Love Letter, with 7 plays, followed by Plyt (which we didn’t play in June) and Dobble with 6 plays and Chess with 5. Any of those could be the top game of the year, but we haven’t had a “play it to death” game so far this year, and if one of those turns up, all bets would be off.

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  1. Barnetto
    July 2, 2014 at 10:44 am

    It’s time for my monthly comparison….

    Top dogs with 5 plays each were Fairy Tale and “blast from the past” Astronauts.

    Honourable mentions to DC Comics Deckbuilding Game, Fzzzt! and Jaipur on 3 plays each and Love Letter, Rat a Tat Cat, Zooloretto Dice, Port Royal and Citadels on 2 plays each. Erstwhile favourite Little Prince had a quieter month with only one play.

    Big(ger) box games that had an outing were Lords of Waterdeep, Ticket to Ride and Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small, each with just the one play.

    It’s neck and neck in the race for game of 2014 with DC Comics Deck-Building Game leadng on 20, The Little Prince: Make Me a Planet on 19, Fairy Tale not far back on 16 with Jaipur (12) and Love Letter (10) also in double figures.

    Next month is going to be heavily affected by what we choose to take on holiday with us… and could see the first outing of Camel (C)Up…

    • Rob
      July 2, 2014 at 11:06 am

      Thanks for the update. Looks like you have been doing very well. 🙂

      I’ve had this micro-rant brewing about Camel (C)up: how does “Camel Up” make sense as a title? And that seems to be what everyone is calling the game. “Camel Cup” sounds like a race competition for camels, which seems to make much more sense to me. Ah well…

      • Barnetto
        July 2, 2014 at 11:22 am

        I think I read that the designers called it Camel Cup – but the publisher wanted to emphasise the pictorial element of the Camels climbing all over one another, so the box was made somewhat ambiguous with it being possible to associate the “C” with “up” as well as “amel”, but having the “Up” as a separate word as well. Maybe they were being a bit too clever….

        Anyway, I’m calling it Camel Cup….

  2. Rob
    July 2, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Sounds plausible. I’m with you on this.

    Looks like it should be a fun game though.

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