Dominoes: a beautiful game



It’s been a little while since I’ve stumbled across any game-like bits and pieces I’ve wanted to include here. Until now that is. A new take on an old classic, for sure. Dominoes re-imagined. Created by Glasgow-based Derek Walsh of DWS and designers Graphical House, it’s just the kind of collaboration that warms my heart. It’s good to know people are paying attention to little things like this lovely, calm game so they are not entirely forgotten …

dominoes_2Carved from wafer thin layers of birch plywood, then hand cut and finished and named Semaphor. They come in a little drawstring bag. You can order them here.

What a fine thing to pop into a campervan compartment or simply to play while sheltering from harsh weather wherever you may be.



Camping Games: Bird Bingo

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI checked the weather a few minutes ago and it looks like we’re in for the odd heavy shower tomorrow. Now I know us Londoners aren’t really used to things like rain after the past few weeks, so I figured a great little suggestion to take up some tent time was in order.

An old friend of mine told me about Bird Bingo a while ago. It was her kids’ favourite game when they were smaller. I did a hunt around for it online and found a new and improved version of the classic. Don’t you just love that! Upgraded with delightfully detailed illustrations by RCA graduate Christine Berrie (my favourites are the Lilac-Breasted Roller, Gouldian Finch and the Common Kingfisher), Bird Bingo is brilliant for bird nerds. Instead of calling each bird by it’s name, you can call out birds by their descriptions which are in the rule book. So if you know which bird can recognise itself in the mirror or which bird’s feathers were used for the headdress of a Zimbabwean king, you’re a winner! Up to 12 people can play and it works exactly like bingo. A caller draws a bird token out of the bag. If you have that bird on your card, you mark it with a red counter. I love playing it with my kids, and my 3, 5 and 6 year old boys love it! I paid £19.95 and bought it online from Stanford’s in London. I’d love to hear what games you play on rainy camping weekends…