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Hi there, long time, no blog.  Sorry about that, life got a little busy.  I did do something fun today that I thought I would share.  Some lovely co-workers also have children the same age as mine (or younger) and were asking me about games.  So today, I brought in Chicken Cha Cha Cha, with the Ducklin’ Dancin’ expansion pack.  The child-free adults were not so excited about the poo, but the rest knew the excitement that comes along with being able to play with fake chicken poop.

There were some ooh’s and ahh’s at the meeples and the tiles as I set the game pieces out around the lunch table.  I briefly explained the rules, but did not want to get into some nitty gritty (not that there is much of that with this game) and had a nice little six player game while we ate lunch.

My emphasis in rule teaching was also to explain how to modify the game for mixed groups of children and I quickly got yelled at when I changed course in the game to explain a mod that I frequently use.  The game was a pretty big hit, even with those adults who are child free.  There was lots of laughter, a curse word or two and even a friendly punch in the arm when mistakes were made.  I think this was a hit today and am planning on brining in some other games for some lunch time hijinks.

My purpose is to show some parents and other adults how much children’s games have changed and that they do  not have to suffer through the same roll and move style game that most of us played as kids.  Folks were impressed by the meeples and the way the game ran, which was no surprise to me.  I mentioned that my copy had been played hundreds of time and the pieces still looked new and the tiles had no apparant damage at all.  Try playing a mass market game that many times and see how many of the bits you still have!

Up next, Gulo Gulo.  Or maybe Viva Topo!

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