Saturday, May 5, 2012

Boldog Majus Otodike and Incan Gold

Boldog Majus Otodike = Happy Cinco de Mayo = Happy Fifth of May

Not to be confused with Mexico's Independence Day (which is on September 16th), the fifth day in May is "a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride" (or so says Wikipedia). Apparently the day is hardly recognized in Mexico. As, John Renteria, director of Centro Civico Mexicano, once said "It's really a U.S. day, not a Mexico thing, and that's fine with us."

I would just like to take a minute to thank Mexico and the fifth day of May for some of things that you have blessed us with:

Mexico thank you for....
  • Translucent Concrete (oh, looks like it actually came from a Hungarian - never mind. If you can't trust the internet, who can you trust?)
  • Tamales
  • Horchata (the "H" is silent in the pronunciation fyi, so you shouldn't be finding yourself saying whore)
  • Sombreros

Fifth of May thank you for...
  • Adele (Happy Birthday!)
  • Free Comic Book Day 2012
  • Helping me come up with my game to play today (AGAD) - Incan Gold.
  • An excuse to eat Mexican food, wear a poncho, and whack a Pinata.

Day 3 - Incan Gold
Designed by Bruno Faidutti and Alan R. Moon

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, today's game was Incan Gold. A game for 3-8 players, this game only takes about 10 to 20 minutes to play and could even end up being less than that. For fans of the television show called Press Your Luck, here is a great board game for you. You will be saying "No Whammy" and "Big Bucks" throughout the game or wishing disaster upon your fellow players. All of the explorers enter the ruins 5 times in search for treasure. As the explorers come upon treasure, they split it evenly leaving behind on that space any extra. After each new card is revealed (either treasure or some trap card) each player secretly chooses if he will continue on into the cave, or take his winnings and any he can grab on the way out which was left behind for that round. If two of the same trap cards come up in one round, anyone still in the ruins lose any treasure they gained that round. Each player hides winnings from any previous rounds in their tents. This is a very simple push your luck type game. It is a great short game to break up any tournaments or other activities. The treasure components are great, and I enjoy it. Tonight I played with The Wife, Nathan, and Nicole and I was the one who came out victorious.

I am loving the A Game A Day (AGAD) challenge, and I can't wait for the next day and the next game. I picked up 5 free comic books today from my local Comic Book Store. I love Free Comic Book Day and that is How Lou Sees It! 

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