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Fun and games

6 November, 2010

I am designing a board game. It’s called “Get The Journal From TCD Library”.

  • Square 1: START
  • Square 4: Get totally lost on TCD campus (their map is not oriented with North at the top). Go back three squares.
  • Square 6: Find the library! Go forward two squares.
  • Square 7: Soaked by rain. Miss a turn.
  • Square 10: Forgot your ALCID card. Go back five squares.
  • Square 11: “That journal is in external storage, you have to request it and come back tomorrow.” Go back two squares.
  • Square 12: “You can come in and view that journal electronically, you know.” Go forward three squares.
  • Square 14: Fill in a request slip. Go forward two squares.
  • Square 15: Only one year is available electronically and it’s not the one you wanted. Go back two squares.
  • Square 16: “We’ll call you when the journal comes in.” Go forward three squares.
  • Square 19: They don’t call. Go back four squares.
  • Square 21: “It’s exam time, and therefore the library is closed to visiting researchers requesting journals from external storage.” Go back three squares.
  • Square 24: Long queue. Miss a turn.
  • Square 25: “We need the number that we sent to your TCD email account.” You are not a TCD student. Go back one square.
  • Square 29: “We are closing early, and therefore cannot give you the journal because you won’t be able to return it in time.” Go back two squares.
  • Square 30: Your ALCID card is out of date. Go back to UL Library.
  • Square 32: “You didn’t collect the journal in time so we sent it back to storage.” Go back to Square 1.
  • Square 36: You get the journal! Win!

The sequel is called “Photocopy Something in TCD Library”, but by this point you’ve probably lost the will to live, let alone play research-based boardgames.

To be fair, I feel I should point out that all of the above are perfectly reasonable things for a university library to do. But I’m on square 30 and in danger of rolling a 2, and I needed to vent 😉

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5 comments

  1. Will this game be available in the shops for Christmas?


    • Of course! If you’d like to order a copy, just come in and fill in a request slip…


  2. If you want a real challenge you could try borrowing the Book of Kells…


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