Michele, a regular commenter here at mayaland, sent me this wonderful image and we discovered, quite by accident, that if you print it out, you can use it as a gameboard for your very own Epic Adventure. Woo hoo! We put little people (army men, in this case) on “the hero” in the upper left corner, and then roll a dice. Then we move our army wo/man the number of steps (in any direction) and have our character meet the character we have landed on. Army person talks to the character—here we make up some funny dialogue—and then some crazy stuff happens because of the interaction. Maybe you land on the fairy and get a wish granted, or help the convict escape and he tells you where the pirate treasure is buried, or you meet the monkey and he throws poop at you. Cool. Then it’s the next person’s turn. You could have any end-goal, but we decided we would just try to end up back together on the other side. The real goal, of course, is to make everybody laugh with your crazy Epic Tales. Pretty much fun for a rain afternoon.
The art is by Tom Gauld and you can see more at his site. Of course, once we got going, we had to add more characters. The kids have been making up expansion packs for days. Sophie draws them, these tiny people with funny attributes, and Luc names them. It’s so much fun!
UPDATE: Oh! We just figured out a much better ENDGAME. You cover each little person with something edible. We used Luc’s favorite, bunny cookies, or, as I call them, Honey Bunnies. Honey be my honeybee! Now, when you roll the dice and move your person, you get to eat the cookie to uncover the character you will be interacting with/making up a story about. The goal then, is for all the bunnies to get eaten, so you might have to work your way over to a bunny all alone in the upper corner, say. It’s a team sport, so all the travelers win when all the bunnies are eaten. Oh, and on any given roll, you only eat the last bunny you land on, not all the bunnies as you go, or the game is over too fast. You could use carrot slices or pieces of chocolate or apple bits if you like, anything that fits well. There is an element of surprise, then, when you uncover your character (although we are starting to memorize the board at this point). Remember: always play with your food. It’s the law.
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a few greatest hits
- welcome to mayaland's virtual macabre crawfish feast of death!
- the power of mom’s day can melt even the most bitter of hearts, not that my heart is bitter, but it has gotten a bit crusty around the edges
- how to build a yurt (1 of 10)
- triple chocolate pudding goop, or, this way lies madness
- living the tie-dyed life
- yurts: the downside
- diggers watch tv, too
- screen time for fun and profit
- the emotional insanity of writing
- recycling other people's junk
- bad things come in threes. or fours. (or maybe fives?)
- writing without pencil sharpening
- going all erin brockovich on your ass
- the yip-yips do not cause childhood obesity
- bikini power vs. the ratty sweater
- butterfly house
- the source of my power
- happy birthday, sophie!
- the incredible hulk invades the yurt
- the solstice from inside a sundial
- "Dusi's Wings" April, 2003. . . . "One thing fantasy can do for us is to give shape to the mysterious in the world; another is to make emotional yearning concrete. The early sections of "Dusi's Wings" do just that...there was a strong grasping towards the spiritual in fantasy here that was very promising, and I look forward to reading more by Lassiter." --review, Tangent Online.
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