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Eldest Son recently mentioned a game he and his sister invented while they were in middle school. We were eating at a Burger King and they got bored, so Eldest Son drew a spider on his placemat. I’m not sure who made the next move, but either Eldest Son or his sister drew an object that would smash the spider. Then someone drew an object (stairs, I think) to protect the spider from being smashed. From there it progressed to an object that would get rid of the thing protecting the spider, and then on to something that would get rid of the thing that would get rid of the thing protecting the spider. Does that make sense?

The whole point of the game is to have someone protect the spider and someone else try to destroy it, either directly or by eliminating whatever is protecting the spider. After a while, the game degenerates into silliness and no one can remember who’s protecting the spider and who’s trying to destroy it.

It’s a simple game; all that’s needed is a piece of paper and pen or pencil and some general boredom.

Eldest Son kept the placemat that the original game was played on. While there are drawings all over the placemat, including another spider, the game is the mess of drawings along the right edge of the photo. The second photo below shows the spider to be protected/destroyed within a circle.

Spider on a Burger King Placemat

Spider on a Burger King Placemat

Spider in Circle on Burger King Placemat

Spider in Circle on Burger King Placemat

You can just make out the stairway covering the spider, plus a number of implements of destruction. I remember a lot of laughter during this original game.

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