Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Let the Games Begin!

It felt a little bit like Christmas when, a couple days ago, we received the big brown packages in our office. They were filled with old and new exciting board games. The Games Area opened this week at the 40th Street Plaza, so there has been a lot of unpacking, laminating, labeling and storing in the Bryant Park office to prepare the games for the park.

This year we have a couple novelties among our game selection. Clue is one of them. The goal of the game is to resolve a murder that takes place in a mansion, among a group of bizarre characters. During the game, the players get different clues that will permit them to find out who committed the murder, in what room of the mansion and with what weapon. Strategists will love it!

The well-known game and all time classic Monopoly also finally made it into our selection. Players try to get rich and increase the amount of streets and properties they own. Additionally they can build houses on their streets and acquire train stations and different types of factories. The game can be played over hours and only really ends with the bankruptcy of the candidates.

We also decided to include Tortoise and Hare this year. It was invented in Germany, and it is pretty popular among European children. No worries, adults will enjoy the game as well. It is based on a children’s tale of a  race between the hare and the tortoise. Against all expectations, the hare lost the race because he was convinced he was quicker anyway. The moral of the story is that one should never be too sure of himself. The board game is a race between the different players:  carrots are used as currency, which is exchanged so that players can advance to the next field. The excitement of the game consists in the fact that until the very end, everything can change and nobody should be too sure about winning…

Now come and enjoy those new games as well as our classics like Scrabble, Mancala, Candyland, Chinese Chess (with classes from United East Athletic Association starting in June) and lots of other games at Bryant Park, every day, from 11am to 7pm!

by Isabelle Steichen

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