May 3rd, 2003

confused, buh?

The Mystery Game

Anybody have any leads as to what the heck this is? My mother bought it at a thrift store several years ago with no box or rules, so I'm not sure what it is- let alone how to play it.

The game comes with 30 red dice with white pips. It has a weird plastic thing that consists of a raised stand with a clear plastic pocket; this pocket has an upraised grid that creates 36 spaces. Large cards fit under the grid, and pictures of dice line up with the squares- it is a safe assumption that dice are to be placed on the squares to line up with what is shown on the card. On the right column of the cards, not under the board-area, scores are listed; some of them are marked in black instead of red and score negative points instead of positive.

Inspection of the game unit shows a Milton Bradley logo and a 1994 copyright.

Any clues as to what it is? Or any suggestions on how to play it? I've searched the Hasbro (they own MB) site with no success.
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Judo Tournament

As I forgot to mention earlier, I had a judo tournament today- the last before college.

So, I wound up arriving two hours early (and four hours before my first match) to get pinned once and thrown once, thereby eliminated from the game in two rounds.

Of course, it was a two-man division, so I still got second- against a blue belt who weighs 15 lbs. more than I do.

More fun than the actual competition was my helping score the other matches. After I was eliminated, I headed over to the scoring area where they had to make do with three people (it really takes four to run the scoreboard and stopwatches) to score the remaining matches- and wound up being asked to stay to score the senior division. So I hung around, it was quite fun to watch!

Probably the funniest part was a comment from a referee as we began the senior division; he told us a few changed rules, and one final comment based on a few jokes we had made about the "5-year-old girls" division in the tournament: "And in the senior section, there is no 'cute-and-fuzzy' division."

I was informed at the end that I did even better with the scoring than I did last time- the referees came over to thank us for the help. We didn't screw up much- and when we did, we fixed it without a fight. We showed when we weren't certain who just won a point instead of guessing, and overall it ran smoothly- we were informed at the end that our fixing our blunders without argument or incident is the exception rather than the rule? They're the referees who have been at it for decades, why would we disagree?

The referees didn't know why they were so often fought, but they appreciated our compliance- overall, it went well. And I had fun.
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