FIGURE OF 8 BINGO
A game that can be played over the internet
Thank you to everyone who let us know how much they enjoyed playing Sssssnake Bingo from Issue 1 with their young people. Although it was designed to be played over the internet it doesn't have to be, it can be played with everyone present in person.
What we like about Sssssnake Bingo is that, apart from the template, it is a DIY game where participants get to choose where to place their own numbers. The same is true for Figure of 8 Bingo which moves from going in one direction to going in four. This keeps everyone on their toes. It is also a much quicker game because you have four chances of crossing off a number each time instead of just one.
How to play Figure of 8 Bingo
The object of the game is to cross off all the numbers called.
Print off the blank template. A copy can be downloaded here. You will need one per player.
There are fifty squares. In the larger box at the intersection everyone puts in number 1.
Each player puts the numbers 2 to 50 in the squares of their figure of 8 in a random order. One number per square, no duplicates / omissions.
Starting at 1, players take it in turn to call out any number. Players whose next number to be crossed off in any of the four directions from the number 1 matches the number called each time can cross it off.
The first person to cross off all the numbers on their figure of 8 is the winner. There may be more than one winner.
A game that be played over the internet
During lockdown we've been playing more than our fair share of bingo over the internet. Ours differs from online bingo where you play on established websites against hundreds of other people whom you don't know and lose loads of money. Our internet bingo was based on downloading bingo cards and nominating one of the players as the caller each time. However it soon became apparent that the only reason for using pre-printed bingo cards was to lessen the chances of more than one player calling "Bingo!" at the same time - something that wasn't really much of a problem between friends. We had been playing so many games that we were beginning to run out of sources of free cards. The answer wasn't long in coming - make our own! We researched the various types of bingo card and then decided that we would throw the rules out of the window and write our own.
Since we started on these new cards we have honed the cards and the rules but Sssssnake Bingo! was one of our first reincarnations. We will include others in future editions of Scout and Scouting but for now enjoy the fruits of our thoughts!
How to play Sssssnake Bingo!
The object is to get from the tail to the head by crossing off the numbers called.
Print off the template, one per player per game.
There are twenty-five white squares. Each player writes the numbers one to twenty-five in the white squares of their sssssnake in a random order. One number per square, no duplications / omissions.
Players take it in turn to call out a number. Any player whose next number to be crossed off going up the sssssnake matches the number called each time can cross it off.
The first person to get to the sssssnake's head by crossing off all the numbers is the winner.
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