26 - Time for a Game

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As Friedrich Schiller so nicely put it: For, to speak out once for all, man only plays when in the full meaning of the word he is a man, and he is only completely a man when he plays.
Time for a game! During the weekend, we played Bamboleo, a game by Jacques Zeimet, from the category dexterity and action games, for 2 to 7 players, age 6+.
The idea is (as is the matter with all the really great things) very simple. You have to place about 20-25 pieces of wood (in different sizes, of different weight and forms) on a wooden platter, which is balanced atop a cork ball, set onto a sort of conical pedestal. Now, each of the players has to remove a piece from the platter without creating so much of an imbalance that everything crashes down. When it crashes down, and it does so from time to time every player gets a point for each piece they could gain from the platter and a penalty of -4 for the player who caused the crash.
One of the amazing things of this game is how much (or how far down) the platter can tilt before the pieces of wood crash, much farther in any case than one would expext! Big fun!! Highly relaxing!

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