Its a bloody simple game.
You take turns to pick up a map card, place it so a road is formed and try to close the road so you can place a coloured marker on one of your places on the map. Place all eight and you win. There is little skill involved as its mainly what card you pick up determines what you can put down and, while i will admit there is some stradgerdy* involved, i wouldn’t pass it off as Risk**


I bought Kids of Carcassonne on Saturday and i would recommend it to anyone with a family. We played it solid for several hours over the weekend and its so easy and quick to play that i can’t believe i’ve not missed something. The age range is 4+ while full blown Carcassonne is 8+ so i can only imagine what is added to the ‘grown up’ version.

*adopt best Bugs Bunny accent to read that
**Not that i play Risk

It was like something from a Hitchcock film…

If this was the BBC news then thats how it would have started. As this isn’t the news I had better start it another way.

I was at Sidegate primary school yesterday to help with the new server install and I made sure i was there nice and early (7:30) as one of the server team said he would be there from 7am.

I wandered around the school yard looking for the team only for a seagull to swoop low over me, then again, then again and again only the next time he dropped some guano about three inches away from my foot. To say this guy was low would be an understatement, i could have reached up and plucked him out of the air (if i fancied my eyes pecking out). In the end i belted to the cover of some trees and he sat ontop of a roof watching me with that evil glint that only seagulls can pull off. Everytime i went out into the playground he would swoop down and buzz me dropping his lunch from the previous day at me. Obviously there is a nest somewhere and they thought i was after some nice, tasty seagull for lunch.
I beat a hasty retreat back to the car and sat waiting for Keith in relative safety.

Lord only knows how the they deal with all the children in the playground during the day.

I have seen the future…

…and its not that good.

There’s an episode of the Simpsons when the schools is having a science fair. Load of ‘hilarious’ things happen but there is a bit when one of the children is trying to play with a model volcano that is being entered but the dad forces them away (i’m being non specific with the gender simply because i can’t remember, give me a break) moaning that he had spent ages working on it and didn’t want it messed up.

So here’s the parallel. ‘She who must be obeyed’ jr has a mad hatters tea party on Tuesday to celebrate one of the teachers leaving and they all got asked to make a hat to wear. So we planned to make it today after swimming. Out comes the card, paper, glue and knife. I kept telling her not to come too close as the glue was strong and i didn’t want her to get messy, or not to touch as the glue was drying and should be left as it is for a while. After a bit she gave up and went upstairs to play and I thought I would do the building and let her paint it.

I’ve just finished spraying it silver and its classy. It looks like something a glam rocker would be proud to wear.

Don’t touch it sweetheart, you may break it.