Hole of DOOM!
Game by our youngest designer
It's possible this game is designed by Expo's youngest ever designer. Hole of DOOM! is a new game from the Cubiko stable but the design is not by Gavin but his son, Samuel Murray-Birnbaum. Samuel is a 9 year old schoolboy from London. Since the age of four he has been a valuable member of the play test process at Cubiko Games. Over the years Samuel has contributed many gaming ideas but ‘Hole of Doom!’ is the first that is worthy of publication in its own right. He is very excited about the up-coming release and, hopefully, he will be on the Cubiko stand at Expo to play some games. Samuel is also a keen golfer and will give you a decent game of Chess.
It was in late 2012, whilst play testing his dad's latest prototype, when eight year old Samuel decided it was more fun to spin the games delicate cog mechanism."Samuel, will you please stop it!" his dad complained. "How many times do I have to tell you, turn the cogs gently, don't spin them."
It soon became clear that Cubikos’ number one play tester was unable to resist his spinning urges and that he wasn't about to stop any time soon. Exasperated, Samuels’ dad abandoned any hopes of continuing the play test. The spinning of the cogs got harder and faster until suddenly the smallest cog jumped out of its hole and spun free. Well that was it; Samuel completely dismantled the mechanism and began spinning each cog individually Dad reluctantly joined in and a crude spinning tops game ensued.
The board was littered with 5mm holes and the spinning cogs would fall as they cross them. It seemed obvious to his dad that the board was not suitable for a spinning tops game. But hey, what do adults know? Samuel thought the board was great and he called the holes.... 'Holes of DOOM!'
Each player spins their top into the ring. The player whose top is the last to stop moving scores a point (like the classic game ‘Battling Tops’) However, any top that ends up in the centre hole cannot score that round.
2 – 4 players. 20 minutes. Suitable for children age 6 up, however, ‘Hole of DOOM!’ can be enjoyed by anyone who likes spinning tops.