Day 185. July 4, 2017. Lagos...
After reading about other dads successful experiences with their 2-3 years old, playing the classic Gulo Gulo, I've been meaning to try it with Alice for a while now. Today was the day. Needless to say, that as soon as she understood that we were playing a "new" game, from those inaccessible boxes in the outer universe of the shelve, she got super happy!
When I first read about Haba's re-design of Gulo Gulo into an Ancient Egypt themed game, I instantly grabbed a used first edition copy online. The Haba's new version didn't attract me at all, and the nature theme and boardless... nature! in the first edition is, for me at least, a winning combination for the younger ones. A three-year-old doesn't have a clue of what a mummy and pharaohs are, right? But a furry animal and some eggs on the other hand...
I quickly glanced for the rules, looking for some simple variant, but all I could find was a shorter variant for the little ones. Hum... We set the game up and proceeded to flip some stones towards the eggs nest. If I got the rules right, you have two options in your turn. Take an egg from the nest and move to the nearest matching colored tile. Or flip a new stone, take the matching colored egg and if successful, move towards the nearest matching colored tile. Which may or may not be the one you've just flipped. That got Alice a little confused... Why couldn't she move towards the one she had just flipped? I'm introducing a house variant next time we play. Also, the "alarm" stick was making the game too difficult for a first time experience, so I had to turn that upside down instead. And I think I'm removing that also next time.
But for a game that lasted way too long for Alice (+15 minutes), it did manage to hold her attention. She would always choose to flip the tile first. More fun I guess, and she would almost always manage to take the egg without setting the alarm up. That part was left to me and my comparable chubby fingers. I couldn't say that this first play was a hit for her. Too many weird "rules" of moving forward and backward... Next time I'm making things simpler.
I'm finishing the post with what might become, if it isn't already, a photo of my daily intake of Limes. Stayed above the 40 line today.
Thanks for reading and see you tomorrow.
Photo & Image credits: ZombieBoard
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