Math = Love: Five Things: Volume 8 (Games Edition)

## Sunday, January 28, 2018

### Five Things: Volume 8 (Games Edition)

So, I've decided that "Five Things Friday" is now just "Five Things" since I have trouble remembering to post on Fridays! Today, I want to share about five games I've been playing lately.

1. My husband and I played a delightful mental math game over break called Skiwampus (affiliate link).  We were both immediate fans of this game. The instructions made the game seem a lot more complicated than it turned out to be. I especially love the versatility of this game. It can be played with anywhere from 2 to 6 players. Each player gets 12 tiles. 3 challenge discs are turned over for each player. So, when my husband and I played, there were 6 challenge discs to be won. When someone says go, each player flips over their types and tries to arrange the numbers in such a way to fulfill one of the challenge discs. These discs say things such as "sum 17" or "two colors" or "all even." When you fulfill a challenge, grab that disc and lay it over the group of numbers that match the challenge. The game is super fast paced, and it's easy to get stuck trying to do one challenge that ends up being claimed by another player. We loved the fast pace of the rounds because it made the game go quickly without dragging on. I look forward to playing this game with my students and writing a more complete review with what they think. Special thanks to my sister for getting this game for me for Christmas (and most of the other games in this post)!

2. Another game we've been playing has been Otrio (affiliate link). This is a tic-tac-toe game with a twist. You can win three ways. Nest three of the same colored circles in one of the circular areas of the game board. Or, get three pieces in a row of the same size and color. Finally, get three pieces of all different sizes and the same color in a row. My husband and I found the two-player directions to be a bit confusing because each player has to play with two different colors. We think it would make a more interesting (and less confusing) game with 3 or 4 players. I've been told on twitter that this game is best with three players. I've found this game much more interesting (and challenging) than the typical tic-tac-toe based game. I definitely recommend it!

3. Another game we got for Christmas was Wonky (affiliate link). I've decided that this game is what you get if you combine jenga, uno, and a desire to sabotage your opponents.

You have to figure out how to play the cards in your hand to build the tallest tower possible. If you knock the tower over, you have to draw more cards to add to your hand. The goal is to be the first person to empty their hand of cards. This could be easy or hard depending on how devious your opponents are. Each of the game cubes has flat sides and wonky sides. So, they can make the challenge very easy or very difficult. My husband and I played a game with just the two of us and a game with my entire family. We found it to be a much more fast-paced and interesting game with the larger group.

4. When my husband and I got back from Australia this summer, we came back to find that my mom had picked us up a math game at the thrift store. Number Rings claims to be "a number game that makes math fun." We didn't have a chance to give this game a try until Christmas Break. It turned out to really be a fun one!

The goal of the game is to roll three dice and cover as many of the 18 numbers in your sector of the game board as possible. If you roll a 3, 5, and 2, you could cover 3, 5, and 2. Or, you could do 3 x 5 + 2 and cover 17. If you can't cover a number in your own sector, you can block a number in another player's sector. This turned out to be a great mental math and strategy game. You can still find copies of this game available under the names Number Rings and Sector 18.

5. After the NPR story aired about me a few years ago, I received a bunch of gifts in the mail. One gift I received was a Puttle set. The only problem was that I didn't have a putter to use with it. Our golf course in town recently closed, and somehow all of the golf clubs ended up in the office of our high school. Don't ask because it's a really long, confusing story. Our secretary was getting VERY tired of having golf clubs everywhere, so I asked if I could take one off her hands. She had to have our former golf coach pick out a putter for me because neither of us knew which one was a putter!

My husband and I gave the game a shot the other day after school, and we realized that neither one of us excels at putting. Now, I'm working on trying to turn this putting game into a review game. I'll keep you all posted once I figure it out!