Kerensa requested a description of Beetle.
The room had been set up in tables of four. We were instructed to be seated, given writing implements, a beetle card and a die in a cup.
First each table ascertains who is to go first – highest throw of the die.
When (and only when) the start is announced, all round each table take it in turns to throw the die and, according to the number thrown, draw their beetle.
You must throw a 2 to get a body first – can’t have any bits of beetle not attached to a body.
After the 2,
- if you throw a 1, you get a head
- 5 gets you a wing (you need 2 of these)
- 6 gets you a leg (you need 6 of these)
After the 1
- 3 gets you a feeler (you need 2 of these)
- 4 gets you an eye (you need 2 of these as well
The first person in the room to get a complete beetle shouts BEETLE and they are the winner (of that round)
In the version we played, the highest scorer on each table moved clockwise round the room and the lowest scorer moved anti-clockwise. If there was a tie on the table, the die was thrown to decide.
Have I explained adequately? If not, here is a picture for you:
As you can see, it was a long afternoon, with 12 beetles to attempt. I was particularly grateful for the little picture in the top left that I could copy.
At the end of each round you were meant to count up the number of beetle parts you had, for a total out of 14.
At the end of the afternoon, the highest cumulative score was awarded a prize, as was the lowest.
I have had to promise faithfully to return my beetle card ready for next time – there are 12 more to be done on the back of the card!