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Kerplunk

This was another game originally from much earlier than the 80s, but one that I played throughout the 80s.

It was also another game that took much longer to set up than it did to play.

Set up involved joining two tubes together, then individually threading thin plastic sticks through two facing holes in the tubes. Set up often took a couple of minutes, wiggling sticks and trying to find exit holes, after which the marbles were poured into the top. If you had inserted enough sticks correctly, all the marbles would be supported on top of bed of sticks you had just made.

Then it was a case of taking turns to remove sticks one by one, trying to have as few marbles as possible fall through the increasing number of gaps. This part, usually played by a couple of kids who were now quite hyper with anticipation, could last anywhere up to 30 seconds as sticks were whipped out one at a time and marbles collected.

Whoever had the most marbles at the end was the loser.




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