Monday, 20 February 2012

Bored in Swindon General, thanks & a DIY Game.

First of all THANKS fellers for all your posts and well wishes they are most appreciated. My little sourjon to Swindon Hspl was a fairly serious do and if it was not for the quick thinking of my Nursey Wife I would not be here to post. The medicos still don't know the cause of my potential demise.

Anyway, laid up with no form of entertainment, the hospital does have TV on bedside but its a long story as to why I did not. I remembered a comp. from my youth; 'Write a set of Wargame Rules on a Postcard'. So away I went and came up with race game. Making racers from plastic spoons, a stand/direction marker (which always points north & determines the angle of turn) from a paper pill pot, these along with a dice app on my phone and bits and pieces on a dinning tray/trolley for an ever changing circuit did the biz. After a couple of goes I got the feller in the next bed interested and by the end of my stay we had a little ladder going. Winning the top prize,a bar of chocolate (!). I did feel a bit of a shark as I did write the rules (he, he). This went to Mrs. PZ for Valentine's Day (romance isn't dead).

Spoon Speeders Jockeying through a Gap

Getting tighter

Race to the finish

My loot from Call to Arms.

Well thanks again guys and thanks to the staff at Swindon Hospital for their care.

Next post back to the campaign.


  1. Here's wishing you a speedy and full recovery. Sorry it's late, but I missed the previous post.

    All the best

  2. Good to hear you're on the mend sir.......

  3. Indeed wish you a speedy recovery

    Great idea with the racing spoons. Perhaps you should bling them up a bit Pimp my Spoon :D

  4. Good to have you back, Irqan. It was nice to see a bit of creativity with your racing game. I applaud you for making good use of your time away from home.

  5. It is amazing what a gamer can come up with out of almost nothing :-D

    I hope you are well and truly on the mend.

  6. Very impressive. I applaud your ingenuity and imagination. I couldn't come up with an original game on my best day, let alone while sick in the hospital. I'll bet the guy in the next bed was glad you were there. Gaming probably brightened up his stay, too.

  7. We gamers are made of a special stuff!!

    Looks like a fun little game you made. Hope you all the best
    to get well soon.

  8. Thanks again guys, it's great to have mates!

  9. Hey man, best wishes for a speedy recovery.
    I have a great deal of empathy with your situation, kudos to you for coming up with your spoon race. I found that just having paper and a pencil in hospital was enough to keep me occupied when I didn't have the interweb.

    Hope you have a speedy recovery.


  10. Here's wishing you a speedy recovery.