Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Time for some game recommendations...Trigger!

One of the best things about shopping in a small shop is that not only can you, the customer, see everything we have in a relatively short amount of time, but also that we, the faithful employees, can PLAY with nearly everything that comes in.  If there was ever a good reason to come into Landis' Labyrinth, it's for the board/card games.  We have a ton, and for the most part, we know how they're all played and can easily show you how YOU can play them (and if we don't know how to play them, well, it's a great chance for us to acquaint ourselves with them). 

One of our favorite companies, Blue Orange Games, makes a little game called Trigger.  Literally, it's a little game in a round tin measuring about 3.5" across.  It's one of TDmonthly Magazine's TDmonthly Top Toy Award Winners for January 2012, and for good reason.  For players aged 8 to adult (3-8 players), this game combined speed, general trivia, and knowledge of your own fellow players for a riotous good time.  I myself played this on New Year's Eve, and I have to say as I do with most Blue Orange Games, what you think should be a cinch to win isn't when you're under pressure to get the right answer quickly.  Basically, what you do is put the foam "target" down in the middle of all of the players (on a flat surface, of course), and then the everyone gets 5 cards, one side of which has the logo with a color on it, the other with 6 statements in different colors on it.  The statements are either general trivia, like "Kentucky, Wyoming and Jamaica are all American states", or questions pertaining to the players like " I have a Band-aid on one of my fingers".  Once everyone has their 5 cards, the youngest person in the group becomes the 'moderator' and reads one of the statements on one of their cards.  Here's where it gets fun.  If you believe the statement to be true, *gently* slam your right hand on the target; if false, then use your left hand.  If you hit the target first and you are correct, you win the card.  If you hit the target first and are wrong, you lose a card.  The job of moderator then passes onto the person next to them (doesn't matter which direction as long as you stick to it), and the next question will be based upon which color the last card's logo was (if it was a green card, the next statement will be the one in green on the moderator's card).  Sound confusing?  It isn't.  Really.  I dare you not to laugh during this game, because it gets hysterically funny very quickly.  This is one of the few games that people of all ages can play together, so it's an all around awesome group/family game. 

So that's our love note to Trigger.  And speaking of love, did you know that tomorrow at our Larchmont location it's our 3 year anniversary?  That's right, it's been 3 whole years since we opened our doors and we're thrilled to be able to continue opening them every day.  So come on in and show us some love and we'll show you some Trigger and everyone will be happy! 

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