Back in June we organised a gaming event in St Paul’s National School in Dooradoyle. Kids from 4th and 5th class had opportunity to defend stranded survivors in City of Zombies boardgame. We had several copies of game with us so it was easier to explain rules and also all kids played same game – if you have ever tried to control hundreds of 10 year old kids you know it was big help 😉
City of Zombies is cooperative game and for that reason we have decided to use it during game day – not all kids likes competitive play. It is also highly educational but in a funny way – most kids do not see this at first. Your goal in this game is to defend survivors against waves of zombies attacking barricade – each zombie has a hit point value, players roll 3 dice and then need to use all of them to combine numbers rolled to hit exact numbers on zombie cards. You can manipulate numbers via combinations of mathematical functions like additions, subtractions and even square rooting.
We had great time watching children cooperating to get most out of 3 numbers rolled – one of the rule is to use all of dice so sometimes it is really difficult to find best (if any) solution. There is instant learning progress after few rounds and we saw this during play with our own kids before.
Some of the students never had any experience with modern board games (or any boardgames at all) so it was nice to see that most of them really enjoyed this activity. There were some nice comments after event 😉
We had to mention big help from teachers, thanks to them it was such a good day 😉 They also enjoyed City of Zombies 😉
We hope to come back to St Paul’s for some more gaming.