Daniel Sarasio Meyer
No Really. Do. or Do not. There is no Try.
Nothing here there is. Look elsewhere you must.
With the actual temperature at -23 degrees fahrenheit and a wind chill of negative 45 degrees it was more of a cold day than a snow day. With all schools closed from Rochester, MN to south of Des Moines, IA we decided to play some games, watch a movie, and try to stay warm. Olivia's choice: [GAMEID=2596Villa Paletti], Madeline's choice: [GAMEID=938Enchanted Forest], Shandra's choice: [GAMEID=559Metro], and I chose: [GAMEID=38026Clue - Harry Potter Edition].
We only got Villa Paletti this week (via a BGG trade), but it is very quickly becoming a family favorite. My daughters love Balancing Moon, so this gaem combines the parts they like to that game, but is more challenging for their ages. However, still being 6 and 8 years old, they are still figuring out the balancing of the platforms and how they tip. We played three games, but the third was the best.
Quickly got to the second level, with a nice base of three pieces on the bottom. The second platform got placed a little off kilter makine the third level very touchy. Olivia, the 6 year old leaned in to place a piece, which went on fine, but upon moving out, bumped the table, causing a key piece to fall making the whole structure off balance and come tumbling down.
Game Two: On the third piece being placed on the yellow platform the balance got out of wack and the structure fell on Madeline.
Game Three: With two game under their belts, the girls are sure they have it down and are ready to try again. The blue platform is left with three spread out piece and it is sitting very solidly. The green platform looks to be stable, but Madeline makes a move to get her big piece out. It is stuck, but she doesn't give up. Instead, she gives it a good yank. It frees the piece, but leaves the structure fairly unstable. As the yellow level starts, the green platform has three pretty good supports, but they are not very spread out, forming almost a line. The pieces are placed on teh yellow board with every move making the tower sway. Madeline's pieces are all stuck, so she places the oragne platform. Olivia is next, and takes a piece from the yellow platform that although it isn't supporting the orange board, it was providing the balance needed to keep the stucture upright. When she takes the piece off, the whole tower comes tumbling down.
It is interesting playing with the girls. They are just starting to get the idea of balance, and that they need to look not only at what is supported by their pieces above, but also the balance that it is creating for the pieces below. We haven't yet been able to add the red piece, but the girls are determined to keep trying. Turns out to have been a great BGG trade for us.
Thanks for reading. Cheers.
-23 is unimaginable for us here in Florida.
It got to 30 last night here and we all almost froze to death.