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Subject: A close race through the shifting maze rss

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Dave Wilson
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Our first game of the evening was a new one for Jim, and a recent birthday gift. I was there, and when Alice, Charlie, and Danielle arrived, we pulled Danielle in as well for a game of the aMAZEing Labyrinth.

With three of us playing, we all started with eight goal cards. Dave started, and moved a line to let him travel a long way through the maze, but came up short of his first goal. Jim, however, was immediately able to reach his first goal, finding the moth. Danielle tried to see how much you could hurt someone, and moved a row such that Jim fell off with the tile that was pushed off the board. He was placed on the other side (as if he wrapped around the board) and commented that he was now a long way away from his goal. This led to a stretch where the three of us did some moving around the board, but no one reached a goal. Then just as suddenly, the drought vanished, and Jim, Danielle, and Dave found their goals in succession. When Danielle found her next goal, a mouse, we were back tied at two goals apiece.

Jim and Dave continued to make progress, finding the book (Jim), beetle (Dave), keys (Jim),and crown (Dave), but Danielle stalled, struggling to get to her next destination. Jim next found the helmet, and finally Danielle reached the ghost. Jim, however, was starting to build a lead, and he found his last two goals with Dave needing one more and Danielle needing three more. It became more of a dance now, as everyone else knew where Jim was trying to get, and Dave and Danielle tried to stop him while at the same time reaching their own goals. It worked at first, because Dave was able to reach his last piece, and Danielle got to her sixth. But now both Jim and Dave were trying to get home, making it tough on Danielle to find her remaining goals. For a second time, Jim was unable to reach his home space. But Dave found a route that went to the opposite side of the board, and then all around the perimeter, and finally to his home space, giving him the win. They continued to play, and while Danielle did get her seventh goal, after that Jim finally made it home, for second place.

This has been touted online as a great kids game, and the box itself listed the minimum age as 4 years old. I can see that the goals are not that complicated, and I could see how it would be easy to handicap by giving the child fewer goals than the adult. Seems like a good choice to introduce to James in the not-too-distant future.
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