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Drumond Park: Bang On review & giveaway

Published October 21, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Today we have a brand new game from the lovely people at Drumond Park.

This is Bang On. One of those very fast quick thinking type games which keeps everyone interested.

There’s a board, a machine that resembles one of those arcade weight banging machines, lots of cards and a hammer. 


The object of the game – get around the board to the finish space. 

 Playing the game – Bang On is intended as a team playing game. There are only two playing pieces, so two single players could play if they so wished but it’s better in small teams. The non playing team draws a card and dependant on what colour space of the board the other team are on, one of the three questions are asked.   
The Bang On unit gets banged with a hammer on the first answer from the playing team. The team members then shout out all their answers with a Bang of the hammer for each one, thus causing the banger to rise and give extra seconds. Once the banger drops to the bottom, or ten answers are given in time, the team then move the playing piece the number of answers given and then play passes to the other team. 

 Along the board are various spaces with words. Landing on one of these can either help or hinder play. These include “Extra Bang”, gag a player and bust spaces. The bust spaces will have numbers and this means the playing team must give at least that many answers to be-able to move along the board.


Challenge cards are available to be used by the non playing teams if they dispute any of the answers given.

It uses a lot of brain power and really got us thinking about some of the questions. 


When it’s just me a my children playing, Jordanna tends to team up with me and Ryan will help Izebella out; who by the way has no problems joining in with some of the questions even tho she is only 5 years old. The game being designed for 8 year old and upwards, so still a few years above her age ability level. 

 The banger unit needs batteries but that’s really the only setting up that is required. This game costs approximately £27.99 from Drumond park.





GIVEAWAY!
Drumond Park are giving away one copy of their Bang On game. To take part you must be a UK resident with a valid UK address. You also need an email address and both Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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Staccups – cup stacking can be fun

Published October 19, 2017 by Bizzimummy

If I told you I had a game which was all about stacking cups then most of you would think it was boring. I did too when I first heard about it, I mean what’s fun about piling cups together right!

Well it just so happens that this game can actually be lots of fun and bring lots of laughs.

It’s possibly one of the most basic games I have come across. No board, no dice, no batteries etc. The box contains 32 small cups and a plastic device which changes colours. It doesn’t even come with an instruction sheet as the instructions fit on the back of the box.

Gameplay – It’s easy just stack your cups before other players. Well maybe not quite as easy as it sounds. See these cups cause confusion. The cup has two colours, one main colour and a top colour. When stacking, the top colour of the last placed cup determines the next. The 32 cups get divided between up to four players. Each player arranges their cups in stacks and tries to match the main colour of one of their cups with the last top colour.

Confused? Well watch this and you’ll hopefully get the idea.

And that’s just with two of us playing. More players equals more frustration along with laughs as other players block you by placing their cup first and thus changing the playing colour.

There are a few other ways to play. It can even be played solo using a timer. It’s different every time and the winning player is the one who stacks all their cups correctly first.

This game has really surprised me as I really did not think it would be any good when I first heard the description. I can imagine it being a great hit on Christmas Day for all the family, especially so when the spirits start to flow.

It costs around £19.99, cheaper in some stores and released by University Games.

York for families 

Published September 19, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Last month I had the pleasure of staying in York’s finest five star Grand hotel. Whilst we were there we made several trips around the centre of York to see what it had to offer for families.  

 First if you love your chocolate then you may wish to take a trip to the York Chocolate Story. This place is conveniently located near The Shambles. The tour lasts about an hour and takes families through the whole history of chocolate and the famous British chocolate brands.  


And yes of course, we got a few samples of chocolate along the way too. If you find history boring normally then believe me you won’t here, it’s pretty informative and at the end we got to make our own chocolate lolly too. I didn’t get to eat mine tho as Izebella took that pleasure from me and ate two of them.

After stuffing our faces with York’s fine chocolate it was  time to burn off that energy somehow. 

And what better way to do that than climbing a large tower. Clifford’s tower to be exact. 
This is one of York’s oldest monuments. To get into it there’s a big stone stair case to climb. Then once in, to go higher the stairs turn steep and spiral and yes it’s tiring! 


The views from the very top are pretty amazing. 


York boasts many museums. We just did not have time to visit them all. York castle museum really caught my eye when I spotted it online and I’m really glad we chose to go here as there is so much to see and do.  

 The museum has many sections including a much loved history of toys and play section at the top. It even includes a jail area which is rather eerie and spooky. A very strange atmosphere down there. 



The part that we loved the most was the old cobbled street town. 

This is like stepping into a time machine. There are old fashioned shops, stores, home scenes that we could go in and explore. Izebella loved it.

For any viking fan – Jorvik is a must. However be prepared for very long queues, huge queues in fact and I’m told it gets like that a lot. Jorvik again is a trip back in time through York’s history. It is essentially a museum too, with ancient tools, weapons etc that have been found on digs in York. The best part being the ride back in time. It can be difficult to work out the real people from the dummies. 


The Shambles is one place that should not be missed. It’s a street, the narrowest smallest street ever. It looks very old, still retaining many Victorian features and decor. Real small shops selling all sorts of treats too. Shambles is completely free of charge of course.


There are many sights to see in York and things to do. Old churches, old original buildings, a view of the river, plus many bars and shops. 


It’s a lovely place to see and stay and of course no visit to York would be complete without a visit to Betty’s tea rooms. Lovely cake here! 




Blogger board game club: Colt Express

Published September 4, 2017 by Bizzimummy

 Last month was my first participation in the Blogger board game club. I was sent Timeline which is a fun plain sailing family game. I did ask for something a little different this time round and possibly more of a challenge. I had no idea what game would arrive but I really did not expect anything like this! 

 



This is so different to any game I have ever played before. Now I’m not going to put this game down in any way; as it is really well designed, it’s great to look at, once set up and it seems to have good reviews elsewhere. My problem with this game is the amount of rules and things involved. 


The game intro begins like this! 

It’s 1899 and the Union Pacific Express is headed north to deliver its payroll and forty-seven passengers. Suddenly the train is attacked by a host of thieving bandits aiming to become the richest outlaws of the old west!


Seeing the box contents for the first time made me gasp, this game looked so complicated. A box full of cardboard with pop out train carriages and other pop out parts.

The instruction booklet luckily makes an inviting read, it’s in colour which makes a change and all in English, no flipping pages to skip the foreign parts. It makes understanding this game a little less difficult.



After popping out all the  pieces we had to build a train, or train carriages anyway. No there is no board with this game it’s all played on the train. We did not need to build all the carriages. It is one carriage per player, unless there’s only two playing and then it’s 3 carriages. Yes there are different rules for less players – another complication. 

 



Anyway after building the train. We pick characters or bandits crooks from these rather shady looking lot.



There are six to choose from. (Two players pick two each) The characters come with playing pieces for the train plus character cards each as above. 

As well as the characters being placed on the train, many pieces of loot and jewellery also get scattered around the train along with the Marshall, he’s the good guy protecting the train. 

So that’s the basic set up but how do we play this unusual game?

I had to read, re read and constantly go back to the instruction leaflet to make sure we were playing it right. There is just so much to take in that’s it’s so easy to forget what we are doing. 

There are many different types of cards too. The round cards, action cards, bullet cards and a few more I think 💭 


 The round card is what starts the game off.



This card by itself contains lots of game information. See those numbers and symbols on the top? Well the numbers determine how many rounds, but those strange symbols determine how the other cards gets played! Yes I said it was complicated.  


 Next the Action cards. After choosing the preferred bandit. Each player gets 10 action cards. All of them showing the chosen character doing different things. Each person then chooses six cards from their deck to play with. 


Playing the action cards is a little difficult to explain. The action cards include actions such as moving about the train, robbing passengers, shooting etc and they can be played in any order per turn. 

Each player playing one card at a time. 

This first round of playing is called “Schemin”  Once the Schemin round is done and all cards per rounds are down, the  “Stealin”round commences 

The cards get turned over and revealed one by one beginning with the first card played. 


The actions then commence on the train going round each player one card at a time.  Run, climb, punch, Rob, shoot or alert the Marshall are the available actions. All actions then have various consequences both good and bad and getting the loot very much depends on the actions of other players as well as our own planning.



 
This is a bullet card. The one thing that no one wants in their hand. These get added to your collecton of action cards if shot. Each player starts with six, shoot another player and it turns to five, then four and so on as the shot players get them. These stay with you until the end and are pretty much useless. If they end up in the playing hand they minimise the number of actions played.  

 And the winner – The one who collects the most loot of course, along with an extra bonus for the bandit firing the most bullets.



And if all that wasn’t enough to take in, there is advanced mode game play once the basics are mastered! Err I think we will stick to the “easy play!” for now!  


It is actually a great game once we got our heads around the many rules and many different card types. It is a lot to take in and it does take a few goes to grasp the whole gameplay concept. 


The age guide is ten and over. Younger children will need more guidance on the rules and play. 


No one can really die or be knocked out of the game in this, but they can be shot at and end up with lots of bullet cards along the way or even robbed by other players. Two people can play at a minimum but as I said earlier, the rules then change slightly. 

 Both Ryan and Jordanna have played this with myself and also found it a bit mind blowing to begin with and a lot to take in.  

 One of my early worries was also about storing the game. The trains could be taken apart and rebuilt everytime but this would possibly cause them to split or break. Well no need for that anyway because the clever game makers designed the box in such a way that the assembled carriages fit inside.

 



What a great idea! 


If this game sounds your thing then the cost is approximately £27.99 from Esdevium games. It is at the time of writing reduced slightly on Amazon to £25.49.

Find out more about the blogger game club here!

Blackpool pleasure beach 

Published June 14, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Over the two long half term weeks, we did an overnight trip to Blackpool. One of the days there, we got to visit the pleasure beach. We have been before but this was really Izebellas first proper visit where she was able to go on the rides and enjoy it. 

It’s hard to believe but the Pleasure beach has been open for over a hundred years. The first rides were there back in 1896 meaning it has also survived both World Wars.

Blackpool pleasure beach is conveniently located on Blackpool’s South Shore and accessible via the promenade. The biggest ride; known as the Big One is a massive 213ft high and can be seen from miles away. 

 

There are 41 rides in total at the Pleasure Beach spanning a 42 acre area, 10 of which are roller coasters. The rides seem to change often with old rides closing and new rides being built. I still remember going on Noah’s Ark when I was a child. I loved that ride! There are a few rides that are still going strong after many many years including the Grand national, River caves, Alice in Wonderland and the Ghost train. These are rides which I went on as a child and now my children enjoy them too. 


Nickelodeon land is a fairly new addition. It opened in 2011 and consists of many rides for younger children, or those not brave enough for the bigger rides. There is a watershoot type ride along with the Spongebob splash bash which I got absolutely soaked on. It’s a moving ride with water guns. Good job it was a hot day. 

We all enjoyed the Wallace and Gromit thrillomatic ride. It’s like something in between Alice in Wonderland and Valhalla. It’s a rollercoaster in the dark with Wallace and Gromit scenes but without the speed and big drops (or water), so younger children can ride with parents. 


Valhalla of course is one of the newer white knuckle type rides which has height and age restrictions so younger children cannot go on this one. It’s a huge boat type veichle which takes you for a ride in the dark, sometimes pitch black. There are biggish drops, speed, fire, wind, chills and water; lots of water. They even sell ponchos because most people end up soaked. It is one of my favourite rides.


For the thrill seekers there are many other fast rides and rollercoaster including the Revolution, Big One, Infusion, Ice blast, and avalanche. Ryan won’t go on any of these and of course Izebella is far too young. Jordanna and myself love them. Obviously I was unable to go on many fast rides with being on my own with Izebella but; Jordanna seemed very eager to go on the Grand National ride. This happens to be one of Blackpool oldest rides and has been there since 1935, with a few facelifts over the years. It is an old style wooden rickety bumpy rollercoaster and is one of the first rides to come across as you enter the attraction. 


We were in luck, as the queues were not huge despite it being half term and a hot day. Ryan took Izebella for me and we only waited about 10/15 minutes. Taking Jordanna on was probably a big mistake as she was crying and feeling sick from the first dip. Poor girl! 

Their wild mouse rollercoaster, also another old traditional ride is one of only two in existence today. Many have been replaced with the more modern metal type coasters and the only other one is in Australia. I have been on this, it is very scary and especially so at the top. The cars are small and they shake and bump and jerk all over. The track is thin and when the cars turn corners it feels like the agile thing is going to come tumbling off. Certainly not for the faint hearted. 

The Big one is also extremely scary. For me it’s more the height than the speed. The first  dip does a very strange angled twist as it drops you and from then on it’s not as bad, just fast. 

For a modern day funhouse type experience there is Impossible. 

Impossible is a walk through attraction with an optional ride at the end. It has many optical illusion and magic type things to view and children of all ages will like it. 

As well as all the rides, The pleasure beach also has many places for food & drink, arcades, gift shops, prize stalls and lots of features for photo opportunities. 


If visiting for a long day or stopping over in a hotel there, then it’s a good idea to take advantage of the lockers which are located inside and just outside the venue. These cost just a few pound and available in big and large and saved us carrying bags with us on a hot day. Also with all the recent terrible attacks, Pleasure beach is very strict with security. They have metal detectors and bag search everyone. 

A family ticket to the Pleasure beach can work out expensive. For me to buy wristbands online for myself and 3 children; the cost is about £90. That’s just for one day visit. Booking online is slightly cheaper but it is best to look out for offers and discounts which they do regularly and it is usually advertised on tv when they do. A lot of places often offer discounts on wristbands throughout the year including newspapers and websites. People visiting the park, who do not wish to go on any rides still need to pay a small fee to gain entrance. 

Own food is not permitted in the park. Visitors can go to the area outside to consume own food and re-enter the park when finished. There are many restaurants and places for food. We found Burger King and got 2 adult & 2 child meals for just over £18. 

Blackpool Pleasure beach has its own designated train station behind the park. Trains run hourly towards Preston. 

We had a lovely visit. All of us enjoyed it and came home very tired. 

See more and book tickets at the Blackpool Pleasure beach website. 

A day at Blackpool zoo

Published April 21, 2017 by Bizzimummy

On Wednesday we took a family day out to Blackpool zoo. We have been before but Izebella was very little then so probably doesn’t remember much from her first trip.

Blackpool zoo is located close to Stanley park and costs about £6.00 by taxi from the centre of Blackpool. I believe there are also a few buses that take you straight there. There are signposts throughout Blackpool directing drivers towards the zoo too.

The first thing we saw when we got into the zoo was a big dinosaur area. Of course these creatures died millions of years ago but they are really big and lifelike. Once past the dinosaurs it’s time to meet some very much alive creatures like this gorgeous guy. 

Many of you may know that I absolutely love tortoises and even have one myself, tho he is much much smaller than this giant species. I would absolutely love one of these in my garden. 

Blackpool zoo has so many animal species including big and little mammals, reptiles, birds, fish and even a few bugs. Here’s just a few I managed to snap.


I found the big cats fascinating, being so close to them and only separated by a wall of glass. 

There are lots of monkey type species including gorillas, these are kept far away for obvious reasons but can still be easily viewed. There is an orang-u-tan enclosure where we could watch them  high up and Amazonia where small monkeys are in the trees all around us and often jump down right in front of us along with tropical birds flying around. 

There are lots of really interesting and unusual animals too such as Tapirs and other animals rarely seen. 

The small farm area is great for kids. It’s located in a barn and contains pigs, sheep, goats, llamas, donkeys, rabbits and a few other more well known farm friends. They even let you hold and touch smaller animals at certain times of the day and feed them.

We spent a good 4 hours at the zoo, walking around, seeing the animals, farm visit, sea lion show and dinner at the restaurant. A family meal deal consists of 2 adult meals and 2 kids with drinks for £18.00. It is similar to McDonalds with choices of burgers and nuggets so not too bad a price. 

There are toilets located all around the zoo, gift shops, and a park area too. 

Adult tickets start from £13.99 depending on date and child tickets are slightly discounted. It is cheaper to book online prior to arriving and discounts are given on family tickets too. 

Find out more at Blackpool zoo.

Easter Day trip ideas: RAF Museum London

Published April 4, 2017 by Bizzimummy

The RAF museum is in a central location in London. Close to main train stations and tubes its very easy to get to. The RAF museum has many actual planes and air veichles to see along with a 4D cinema, and a WW1 exhibition.

We have not been here yet but this museum is just the sort of place my son would love to visit. I am very much hoping to visit there one day soon.

Watch this video to find out a bit more. 

Sylvanian goat family

Published January 27, 2017 by Bizzimummy

This is our latest and rather cute Sylvanian family set and this time it’s a goat family with 4 members.

After doing a little research on the internet I have found out that this particular family is known as “The Brightfield Goat family”;  yes all the character sets  come with family names. There is Father Billy, Mother Nancy, Sister Mandy and Baby Jenny. 

Father Billy is a postman, hence the blue bag, Mother Nancy loves to sew and make cushions for the nursery, Mandy likes reading and writing and baby Jenny enjoys trips to the park and going to nursery. Each Sylvanian character comes with its own role and personality too. 

As always Izebella was happy to add more Sylvanian characters to her ever expanding collection of these adorable, sweet, furry animal figures and she had only had them minute before their clothes came off and got swapped around (something she loves to do).

A Sylvanian family set such as this goat family will cost between £10-£16 depending on store. 

Sylvanian families are collectible figures which have been around for decades. It’s one of those toys that will probably be around for ever and it’s easy to see why, they are very cute and appealing. Many toy stores and supermarkets will stock various Sylvanian family products.

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