The Game

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Youngest Grandson made good on his promise yesterday, and brought a two-player game he made. It’s called Escape From The Graveyard (Copyright 2011 by Youngest Grandson). He made the board and the playing pieces (one Live Guy and three Zombies), and he even made the die from a Lego piece with dots drawn on it.

Here’s how it goes: The Live Guy goes first. LG rolls the die and moves as many spaces as come up. Since there ARE NO SPACES on the game board, movement is on the honor system, meaning the Live Guy moves a long way when Youngest Grandson is the Live Guy and a very little way when Grandmar is the Live Guy. If the Live Guy rolls and the bottom of the piece comes up, another Zombie joins the pursuit.

Either player (Live Guy or Zombie Master) can take the side path to the upper right to get money. Neither of us was quite sure what purpose the money served, but it added interest. The object of the game is for the Live Guy to — Do what, children? — That’s right, to escape from the cemetery. The object for the Zombies is to catch the Live Guy and eat his brains.

It was most amusing.

WRITING PROMPT: Create a board game based on your own work or on your favorite book, story, movie or event. Don’t just think up the idea, make the board, game pieces and rules. It’s good exercise for “If this happens, then what?” thinking.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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  1. Helen Ginger

    July 16, 2011 at 1:17pm

    Sounds like Youngest Grandson is quite creative. It also sounds like Grandmar will lose every game — and be quite happy to do so.

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      Marian Allen

      July 16, 2011 at 2:23pm

      Yes, Grandmar lost, although she had to cheat to do it. lol! But it gave me the chance to model good sportsmanship. When he won, I applauded and said, “Congratulations! Now you say, ‘Maybe you’ll win next time.'” That seemed to strike him as novel, but he did it. Another time, I’ll try to win and, if I do, help him take it well.

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