22 October 2010

Toy Story Trouble

Playing Toy Story Trouble with Jessie is tedious.

When we play, Buzz is Buzz, Jessie is Jessie, I am Woody and Mr de Elba is Zurg.  Jessie is happy with this because (a) she is Jessie, and (b) she is opposite and not adjacent to Zurg, of whom she claims to be terrified because he's a Bad Guy.

Tonight, thanks to a large number of freak sixes, Jessie was streaking away to an early lead.  All was going well until her counters started making it around to the half-way point in the board.  "I don't want to go to Zurg's house!" she moaned with a theatrical tremble.  And she took her counters off and put them back at the beginning.

Okay, I thought.  She will just lose.  That's fine.

Mr de Elba aka Zurg convinced her to leave a counter in his quadrant a few times, on the strength that Jessie liked Buzz and Zurg was Buzz's father, hence Zurg was her de facto father-in-law and they had to learn how to get along.  Once a few of her counters were in the dreaded purple quadrant, any roll of the dice apparently allowed her to high-tail it out of Zurg territory, all the way back to her starting quadrant, skipping about 15 spots as she did so, gleefully announcing, "I'm getting away from Zurg's house!  Yay!"

Okay, I thought.  She will just lose.  That's fine.

Half-way into the game, her fake fear of Zurg overtook her desire to win and she removed her counters from the playing board, saying she was going to "hide" from Zurg.

Okay, I thought.  She will just lose.  That's fine.

However, "hiding" from Zurg meant getting her counters to cower on the opposite side of the - you know - don't make me say it - oh okay, the jolly Pop-O-Matic Bubble.

This meant that her counters were, technically, in her "home" zone.

And she'd "won."



Crazy Sister said...

By golly, Mr De Elba has some excellent reasoning-with-small-children skills!

Got an aversion to saying Pop-o-Matic Bubble? Well now, that's funny!

Givinya De Elba said...

It's just a little kitsch.

veiledturnip said...

Hmmm...don't you hate it when they win on a technicality!!

Hippomanic Jen said...

I'm not going to comment on the fact you've actually allowed board games into your family life. Nup. Not going to comment.

Givinya De Elba said...


le@thirdontheright said...

ah yes ... but grasshopper it is not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game that counts ... hee hee le xox

Tracy P. said...

I am just laughing over here! "Okay, I thought. She will just lose. That's fine." You are SO my kind of mom!! Humph is right!!

John Ross said...

Flash forward about 30 years, You're on the phone to your grown Jesse, when we hear you say "Yes Honey, Being elected Prime Minister does technically mean You won, but You've still got to be nice to Zurg, He IS your Father-in-law."

John Ross said...

tell her when she's all grown & crowned the Queen of Queen's Land, she still has to get along with Zurg, because after all, He IS her Father-in-Law!