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Pogs, Tiddlywinks and A Great Idea..

Tiddlywinks Saw a kid outside playing with Pogs. I didn't think they still made the blasted things. But then I got to thinking.

See, Pogs are nothing more than a simplified version of Tiddlywinks. With pogs you make a stack of the silly discs and slam down the aptly named Slammer. This scatters your precious pogs to the wind. Then the ones that are face up you keep.

It's basically a game of throwing shit down on the ground and then picking it back up. This, my friends, is what was all the rage in '90s. That is as creative as kids got. Throw shit on the ground and pick it up. Then they claimed golf was boring.
Pogs
Now Tiddlywinks was a man's game. Well, all right, nothing called Tiddlywinks can be a man's game. OR a woman's game. Or any game, really, mostly because it's called Tiddlywinks, are you with me, here?

Tiddly.

Winks.

Tiddlywinks Wherein the object was to snap a large disc down against a smaller disc and aim the sucker so it lands on someone else's "wink" or inside the goal cup. Christ. Makes me tired just writing about it. I mean no game called Tiddlywinks should have that much strategy. It's kinda like Curling, for the lame.  Drink that one in, folks.
 
So I got to thinking how can we make all of this more fun and relevant to today's world.  And then I found the answer. Now, I will preface this by admitting the answer for this ages was kinda found at the bottom of a bottle, if you follow, but I think it holds.

Hobo Gambling.

Look, this kid was playing Pogs in the street, like some '40s gangster rolling dice. So why not go whole hog on it?  Draw little hobos on the pogs, or winks, as I like to think of them, and then you stack your hobos. Throw some shit at the stack, whatever, and keep the hobos that land face up.

This is where it gets genius, though.

After each round, you then have to use them like tiddlywinks and snap that sucker on the ground to try and get the face up hobos you just won into a goal cup.  The cup, of course, symbolizes whatever you'd like. You can call it the Flask, if you'd prefer. Or The Train. I like The Train, myself.  Traditional hobo rail riding is a skill that may come back into play given the economy.
Hobo
This way we combine two shitty games (pogs and tiddlywinks) into one more awesome game (hobo gambling) that also teaches your children some valuable life skills.  Like:

Never ride the rails alone!

Don't let wandering hobos travel in a pack!

Pressing a large hobo on to a smaller hobo will make the smaller hobo jump!

… all right so maybe it isn't as many good life lessons as I thought. But the big thing is to get away from the stupidness of pogs and the crappy name that is tiddlywinks.  I'm just trying to help the kids, man. That's my goal.

Hmmm, but maybe there are more life lessons.  What lessons do you think one can learn from a heartwarming, exciting game of Hobo Gambling?






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Comments

Jen O.

That hobo looks like he dropped trou and flung himself over the fence, creating a make-shift potty. I like his ingenuity, although I think he might be just sitting there.

Seamonkologist

Back in the day, I had a Pog maker. You had crappy little cardboard disc and you could put any picture you wanted on it. Press down the little press and BLAMMO! New Pog. My friends were totally jealous.

diamondcait

If it catches on, you can market it and sell it at the National Hobo Convention in Britt,Iowa this summer. It's the weekend after Blogher. Seriously.




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