Gameboard: Unleashed!

As you can probably tell from the title, this year’s gameboard was revealed to the team for the first time today.

This year’s board (which I will insert a picture of) is supposed to be a coral reef. I’ve probably never seen something look less like a coral reef, but who am I to judge. The board has many exciting new features, including but not limited to: rotating downspouts in the middle of the fence-looking contraption. It’ll make more sense (sort of) after you take a good look at the board.

Hello Gameboard 2012!
Hello Gameboard 2012!

Regrettably, I had to come late today, but I was told I missed a riveting game of “Robo Rally”. I came too late to catch the explanation, but according to the box next to me, it’s “A frenzied race filled with COMPUTER. DRIVEN. CHAOS.” So it’s pretty exciting.

After Mr. Gras passed out the paper with the gameboard and scoring method, we were instructed to start thinking about a strategy, then the part-sorting frenzy began. There are children everywhere on their hands and knees searching through a plethora of lego parts. Occasionally they pick up a part, hoping it’s the one they’ve been looking for. Many times, their faces droop as they return a misidentified piece to the colorful abyss from which it came. I took a quick blog-break to try my hand at sorting. I sat next to Brian as he searched for an elusive gray lego, stretched my arm out into the pile, and began to search. Apparently picking up handfuls of random legos and giving them to Brian wasn’t helpful. He sarcastically remarked, “This must be why you’re on outreach. You’re just so good at reaching… out.” Your pun is not appreciated, Brian.

Senior Brian Edmonds cries in agony, unable to locate his piece.
Senior Brian Edmonds cries in agony, unable to locate his piece.

Scorned and dismayed, I have returned to my post on the couch in order to relay this valiant story of trial and error to you all.

Just as I promised in last week’s blog, I have the results of the bridge competition. Team Ryan-Mikey-Kelly won. However, let the records that Kelly did nothing to aid in this victory. Her most helpful contributions were the times she got up to get food so that she wasn’t annoying Mikey and Ryan as they worked. I think it was those fleeting moments of her absence that carried the team to glory, but I suppose that’s just my professional opinion. I have a little time left, so I guess I should go attempt to be useful in the part sorting process. Hopefully this time it will be more fruitful than my first endeavor.