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Subject: Pakjesavondspel: Unpacking presents using a game. rss

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On the 5th we (me, wife, 2 kids) had Sinterklaas avond. You know, we don't have Santa here (a sled in the air is way too silly). Instead we have Sinterklaas (an immortal Saint who has zillion (ultra)-black helpers) who gives presents. Much more believable.

And what a coincidence: First present that came out was this game!

As every present is accompanied by a poem (you have to follow instructions) we had to do what the poem said: unpack the rest of the presents using the game.

The game is straightforward. Land on a present, and you get one. Land on a sack: forfeit your next turn. Land on Zwarte Piet (Black Pete) and you have to pick the next card and follow instructions (eg give present to person left to you, or youngest one etc).

First present took ages! So we added a rule that a 6 gives you the right to to pick a present ... for someone else! And we also decided that you had a choice of moving either forward or backward!

Nice thing was that everyone actually carefully watched if a player was left behind (presents-wise), and if so, players would pick a present for that person, even if he could pick one for himself.

All in all: the game sucks. But the idea of playing a game to determine present order is actually very nice.

Next year I take Loopin's Louie to do the job though!
 
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