Advantages Tres gooD fun !!!
Disadvantages The FrustratioN !!!
PROLOGUE;I love games, the classics are the best. I go through little phases in which a particular game is my favourite of the moment; the game is inflicted upon my husband and played until exhaustion or until a new game captures my interest. As it stands the game of the moment is frustration …
FRUSTRATION (MB games):Frustration is a game that fulfils its name … ‘frustration by name; frustrating by nature’. A Timeless game that takes little time to master and provides ample fun!
Directions;This is a game for 2 – 4 players and is recommended for 4 years & up.
In the middle of the board, there is a clear dome containing a dice (the technical term being ‘pop – o – matic dice’). You press on the dome to roll the dice.
The game starts with everyone rolling the dice to see who rolls the highest. The highest roll determines he/she who rolls first to commence the game.
Having rolled a 6, you can release your first peg out of the starting corner ready to begin its trip around the board.
(You bring the peg to a predetermined space, highlighted by an arrow on the board just outside your starting corner.)
(As with a lot of games … if you roll a six … you get to roll again)
(NOTE; you cannot release any peg until you have rolled a 6 … with the condition that the ‘space’ for new pegs is not occupied by one of your own pegs.)
(ANOTHER NOTE; If you don’t have a peg in play and are unlucky in your roll… you do nothing besides wish for a 6 next turn !!!)
(YET ANOTHER NOTE; if the only space you can land on is occupied by one of your own pegs; you stay where you are and wait until your next turn!)
The intention is to get all four of your pegs ‘home’ before your opponent(s).Ahhhhh … BUT … it is not that easy !!!
If you roll enough to land on a space occupied by one of your opponents pegs (or vice versa); that peg is sent all the way back into captivity … ‘the starting corner’ … only to be released by the roll of a 6; to begin the trip around the board all over again.oH the frustration !
The game is great fun but can get incredibly ‘frustrating’ largely because there is no time limit to the game. Therefore dependant on the roll’s of the dice; the game can go on and on and on and on and on.
As mentioned before, it is a very easy game to master. Although there are a few strategic tactics … for example; try not to get in front of your opponent as you are increasing your chance of being landed on and being banished back to the starting corner.
Instead; stay closely behind your opponent, so that should the dice roll in your favour, you can land yourself on them and send them all the way back to the start. (HA HA HA!)
Try to keep your pegs in play to a minimum; the fewer amounts of pegs you have in play the less chance you have of getting landed on.
Another hint that may seem obvious is trying not to land on an opponent’s space that they would initially bring their peg to after rolling a 6!
Of course the frustrating thing about this game is that you can have all the tactics in the world … but it is mostly down to good fortune. Your tactics could just as easily have reverse effect and be the cause of your downfall.
The more people playing generally determine the greater length of the game and it is not so easy to implement the above stated tactics.
A great many battles are resolved for me and my husband through games … the winner takes the glory !!! ‘Frustration’ is a great one for this as skill has little place within this game … therefore there is no decided winner from the start.
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