Some of those wood and string puzzles. The construction and background is likable. Made by the
Orang Asli people of Malaysia.
I'm suddenly attracted to puluc, a traditional game from Guatemala.
A one-dimensional game.
It's a bad game. I wanted it to be good, or at least entertaining, but it is not.
(Waiting on a picture. At least the construction was good.)
Let's get going with some game ideas.
"Dice" are small cubes, used in games.
"Ice" sounds very similar. Ice can take the form of small cubes.
And .. I don't know what to do with this.
Zero degrees celsius is the freezing
point of water.
A guy at work had a Bag of Holding. I just had a sack of crap.
While asleep I came up with a game idea, not for the first time. When I woke up,
still half asleep, it seemed worth pursuing.
You've got the usual pieces on an 8 x 8 board. The yellow pieces for one player
only move from top to bottom, while the other player has blue pieces that only move
from left to right. They capture other pieces when they land on them.
You probably use yes/no dice to determine the amount of
movement. This might work out well. On the other hand this might reduce the number
of good moves, so the game "plays itself".
When you land on an opponent's piece you dominate and can move that
piece, and the tower of any other pieces that might be below. These towers can change
hands and move around. This is borrowed from
This has not been tested.
Are you chasing a puck, or is it just attrition?
You know that classic trope of digging in the sand to find buried treasure?
You could dig here and that spot and there until you find your valuable treasure.
So how about each of the 4-7 players has ten letters, visibly laid out in front.
There are envelopes on the table, each containing a player's
name (maybe a "nobody" or two). On the outside of the envelope there is
a word like
TURKEY, PICKLE, AROMA, BEAVER.
During your turn you can trade a letter with a willing player, or draw and replace a
letter from the deck. If you can spell one of the words, like PICKLE, you can
secretly look at the name in the envelope.
If it is your name, you win. If not, well, that's where things get complicated.
It may be a pedestrian game. On the other hand, there may be various shenanigans
This game could be called Letter Treasure.
The quality of this game is unknown. The rules are simple, and it shouldn't be
too hard to get people to try this around the holidays. It is easy to make. You
could even make it on the day. I plan to, with assistance.
I think I'll make a Half-Baked Games section on the Games page, with an eye
toward Christmas. These will be games and puzzles that are not quite constructed, not quite tested, no photo.
Q: You've got a traditional-style game you want to try out using yes/no dice, but
you have to figure out how to
make the dice. Quick and functional, not fancy.
How do you do this?
A: Buy little wood cubes from Michael's. Make half the surfaces black using a
black Sharpie pen. Done.
The Malay word for man is orang. I could explain the pronunciation, meaning and
plural, but I'm afraid of corrupting it. Nouns are repeated, doubled, to show plural
in the Malay language.
Yes, orang is part of orangutang. Orang = man, hutan = forest/jungle.
Malaysia consists of peninsular Malaysia
plus the less developed territories of Sabah and Sarawak, orangutang country.
Both Malaysia and Indonesia are multiethnic places, but the dominant culture is
Malay. The version of Malay spoken in Malaysia is called bahasa Malaysia, while
the version of Malay spoken in Indonesia is called bahasa Indonesia.
(I figured Australian lady Stella from The Dice Tower/Meeple University had origins
in Malaysia or Singapore. She appears to have roots in
I'm giving my friend a six pack of exotic non-alcoholic drinks for Christmas.
I mention this because you might want to consider it as a gift.
It's a weird one. This might actually be a virtue, as you can get it for that
person for whom you don't know what to get. Aunt Ralph can be hard to read.
J. Gasco cinotto. Check out your Italian shop.
Fentiman's dandelion and burdock. An English drink I've had luck finding in Italian shops.
Ginseng Up. You might find this at your Caribbean shop.
Caribbean Cool mauby. Caribbean shop.
Malt drink with ginger. It goes down easier than normal malt drinks.
I had a dilemma about what to do for the sixth drink.
You can hear how to pronounce
Céline Dion, la
plus grande chanteuse du monde.
You can snorfle up some of that Quebec body language. As for language,
that reminds me of those nightmares where you go down the hallway and can never quite
reach the end.