Thursday, 10 April 2008

Dice Poppers

I am not sure I could explain to anyone how to play the board game Frustration. The rules are lost in the mists of time. I think it involves getting counters round a board and landing on your opponents.

But even though the strategies for success and subtle nuances of the game elude me, I recall only to well the joy of the dice popper.
A plastic dome, the board game pre-cursor to the Eden Project, with a flexible base. You push down on the top and it makes the dice pop up, spin round, and display a new number. No more lost dice and a curious amount of pleasure.

They should manufacture them as stress relief toys.

8 comments:

Barb McMahon said...

The first time I encountered a dice popper was in the playroom of the hospital where I was having my tonsils out.

I can attest to their stress relieving qualities...

Anonymous said...

they've invented a new 'toy' to emulate the stress relieving properties of popping bubble wrap...now that makes me smile, nothing more satisfying!

Joseph Devon said...

Is that the same game as Trouble that we have in the States?
No matter, pop-o-matic bubbles are the point, and I certainly remember them. I like the rattle the dice make inside the plastic bubble after the pop.

djpaterson said...

Frustration still sits in the toy cupboard and is dragged out by the kids once in a while - usually when electronics temporarily lose their shine. The dice popper is getting a little lacklustre now, though.

By the way, tag, you're it - Meg Gardiner has tagged me & now I've tagged you - rules on my blog!

Steve Stack said...

Thanks DJ, but it would appear that you actually meant to tag Steve Lowe. What is the etiquette for accidental tagging?

Jon M said...

Frustration was Ludo with a dice popper...it was ace...that sound!

djpaterson said...

Sorry Steve - It was actually meant for you, which shows my mind wasn't fully on the job!

Steve Stack said...

I've done it DJ!