Some of the best purchases that we have made, since being here, have been head torches from Popovo market. They give you light and as an added bonus they still leave your hands free, but depending on how long the power will be off how do you entertain yourselves? Last year I came up with a solution for Net and I.
If anyone is interested in making their own Uckers game, here is how we used to do it in the Navy, so some of the slang might be a bit confusing
- 1/4" or thicker marine ply approx 600mm square or a square pussers table
- Same size of perspex to bolt or screw onto ply wood once painted.
- Broom or Squeege handle, to make counters.
- Two dice, can be made from whale bone, but go on splash out and buy two, if the dice are homemade, both teams must play with the same set.
- Paint and BrushesManufacture
- Get the wood, (Tot of rum, pack of ciggies, ), from the Chippies store.
- Get the Perspex (Greenies shop)
- Beg borrow or tot for the paint and brushes. (From the Boatswains store)
- From the Wardroom cleaning locker, steal a broom or squeege, and remove the top section of the mess broom, to be diced into counters.
- Cut off 16 counters from the handles (usually about 1 cm thick
- Prime the plywood on both sides and then paint it in light grey or other neutral colour.
- Paint the playing area white.
- Draw each corner of the board with pencil. - Make sure there is adequete room for the counters to sit in the squares, with some space all around. (The size of your counters dictate the size of your board. The counters need to have square ends so that a 8 pieces in a mixy blob can stand firm to the violent rolling of the ship in any moderate seaway.
- Paint the colours of the shit shute and home bases Remember this is an Uckers Board, not a ludo (yukk) one- Green must always go opposite Yellow - Ludo boards have those two colours side by side. - Don't forget to colour the counters at the same time.
- With a fine black brush, paint in the lines for the squares, etc.
- Varnish the surface or cover it with perspex.
- If this is a serious 'uckers' board on the reverse paint in an honours scroll. Dont forget. If you are proud of it, sign and date the reverse.
Apologies to any ex-services reading this, but if anyone's curiosity has been piqued the rules of the game can be found at the following web site.