Skully comes to Massachusetts!…
Skully comes to Massachusetts!
This morning I demonstrated Skully to my daughter’s kindergarten class at the Charles Goodyear Elementary School in East Woburn, Massachusetts.
See http://www.geocities.com/chesler.geo/Woburn/skully_goodyear.jpg and
My most optimistic hope is that the game spreads virus-like through the school and
the rest of the community.
If this is not the northeasternmost Skully board in existence, it may be the most colorful.
I used dimensions suggested in Hugh M. McNally’s rules here but "about a square foot" seems awfully
big. Even for kindergarten beginners I reduced it to 8″ by 8″ and that seemed big. If the
board is only 4′ on a side, 1′ boxes would meet!
My recollection from Co-op City was a board no more than 4′ on a side, and boxes maybe 4″
or 6″ on a side. I don’t recall numbers in the Skull, nor did we play much more than a
straight race 1 to 13 and back. It wasn’t a particularly popular game in the 1970s —
paddleball was popular, and there were enough grassy areas that sidewalk games took a
For the mathematically-inclined, I did use the rope-stretcher’s 3-4-5 triangle (with a
tape measure and a metal yardstick, not knotted ropes) to lay out the square.