The rules, a thing of simplistic beauty. Throw a lump of wood at a clustered array of numbered pegs and score accordingly. If you knock down a single pin you score the amount on the pin, from one to twelve. However if you knock down more than one you score the total number of pins knocked down. One to Twelve not the cumulative point score. You need to score exactly 50 taking turns with your opponent, if you bust you start from 25. The best part of the game is that as the pins get knocked asunder they are positioned upright where they fall. This rule is the key element to its attraction. The dilemma of going for a high pin slightly on it's own over going for numbers in clustered pins can be agonising. Especially when you cock it up.
In the first game we (Jacquie Ashton Ava Rose and I) bust 3 times whereas they (James Charlotte and Jimmy) made steady progress reaching an unbusted 49. An accurate throw to the stranded number 1 peg sealed the game for them. In the second and third games Jacquie and myself made highly unlikely throws on pegs 7 and 12 respectively to win them.
It's Jimmy's birthday next week. I'm hoping Smite might be set up in the corner for the dads to pretend they're not really competitive whilst wanging a stick around. Smite is a fiendishly addictive game which kids and adults can play together in their back garden. It's great!