Keep those games alive!

Children are inventive, original and very messy. As they get older they start losing these nice qualities. Some manage to hold on. This is what I am trying to do with this blog. My brother - a great inventor of games - kept most of my childhood happily occupied with his original games. This blog started out as a way to keep those games alive. Do read the first few posts to enter his wonderful world. Reader contributions welcome :)

Sunday, August 13, 2006

The Word Version of Cows and Bulls

As a teenager strapped for cash, but with an insatiable appetite for books, my only resource was a small second-hand bookshop in Bangalore. It occupied a dingy little stall, sandwiched between a condiments store and photocopy place. I have gone ice-cream-less for weeks, to invest my little all in its treasures.

So what, my dear readers ask, has this to do with games? I will tell you.

Among the treasures this place contained was - 'The Complete Works of Lewis Carrol'. The attraction was twofold - it was 3 inches thick, ensuring the summer vacation would be well spent, and it cost less than a hundred. Brought it home, and discovered that it not only contained stories and poems, but also ORIGINAL GAMES by Carrol himself.

One of those games is the Word Version of Cows and Bulls. A comment on the previous post by Bharat brought to mind this great game. (Let me know Bharat, if this is the one you are talking about) You can play it with a friend, or all by yourself.

Let's start with a 3 letter challenge that goes:

Put the PIG in the STY

You write 'PIG' on a paper, and change one letter at a time, till you arrive at 'STY'. All words in between have to make sense. Like this:


There you go! :)


Blogger Bharath Hemachandran said...

Sweet! #1. Ok now to read your post :)

4:57 PM  
Blogger Bharath Hemachandran said...

Yup... something like this, only with 4 letters instead of 3 and no letters are allowed to repeat.

In fact if you get the Game Show Network (aka GSN) there's a show called Lingo that is exactly like it. Only we used to have a non-televised, paper form of it. Loads of fun... esp when class used to be boring :D

5:01 PM  
Blogger iyer education said...

tch tch.. whats up with these cows and bulls man... first they testing maths... now they testing vocab... dono mein fail.. koi aur animal pair ho sakta hai kya?

3:47 AM  
Blogger Obi Wan said...

I am extremely tempted to point out that since bharath did not explicitly say that he was claiming 1st position, the no. 1 position is still up for grabs! Actually...why not???

Me 1st(technically) :-)

6:55 AM  
Blogger Obi Wan said...

As the next excercise, try putting the DUCK in the POND!

7:05 AM  
Blogger Cloudy said...

@Bharath: Will check GSN... should be fun to watch! And yes, we can do any number of letters!

@IyerEd: Here's a good way of playing it: Find someone very proud of their vocab, and make up challenges. Find 2 people, and let them play your puzzles against each other! (Adoloscents work well for this)

@Obi: Nice one - Will try to put the duck in the pond. Did you do it? Or just happy to make up challenges? ;)

8:31 AM  
Blogger The Comic Project said...

nice game. i likes
IyerE: it is good to start a fight amongst kids...kaandi laganeka aur kalti

1:15 PM  
Blogger Sunshine said...

Can't believe I'm so late :-o. Anyway, I'm second :D. It seems like a fun game (just like all the other games) :D

3:32 AM  
Blogger Cloudy said...

@TCP: You likes? Me glad :)

@Sunshine: Thank you! :)

@Obi: Did DUCK -> POND in 6 steps. Can you do better? :)

8:10 AM  
Blogger vibhor said...

hello dear,
i also want to involve in this game..
may i..
than you n nice one to try many word..i will definetly play it with my sweet little girl..

8:23 AM  
Blogger Bharath Hemachandran said...

When's your next game coming out? :)

Btw I have almost finished my prototype for the hand held paper video game. Now all I need to do is find a digital camera to take a photo of that masterpiece. :(

I'll give you a buzz when I post it!

8:18 PM  
Blogger Cloudy said...

@vibhor : Thanks :)

@Bharat: I get a severe case of writer's block as soon as I post a game! I might steal from you for my next post - saw that kickball post of yours, and thought it belonged on my blog!!!

Hope you find that digital camera sooooon! :)

7:37 AM  
Blogger Bharath Hemachandran said...

I sent you an email about the game Veena

11:02 PM  
Blogger adi said...

m game for it...
hi veena, any delhidreams visit in pipeline?

7:24 AM  
Blogger shruti said...

hey nice one..
i am definetly going to try it...

7:51 AM  
Blogger Cloudy said...

Thank You Shruthi :) Enjoy!

1:59 PM  
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