My elder son discovered strategy games sometime ago
I thought was a matter of time with his obsession with old war films
He talks about war strategies and battle plans like how his mum would talk about dinner plan for the week
just that the latter lack the enthusiasm of the former

He found the game Battleship on my smart phone
a guessing game played by 2 people

He also found out that Captain Haddock played it with the plane’s owner in Tin Tin’s Adventure, Flight 714
which led him to create his own Battleship game
with pencil and paper

He drew grids for the sea
and ovals for the ships

He tried explaining the game to me
but I remained clueless
so were his friends
who couldn’t understand his ‘new’ game

He ended up playing by himself
and of course he managed to destroy his enemy’s task force in just a snap
how not
when he is the creator of his own enemy

Then during his recent birthday
Someone gave him the Battleship board game
He was thrilled

For the first time
I got to know this century old guessing game
which was known throughout the world as a pencil and paper game
and predates World War 1
They even have a printable version of the grids and squares

And so, I’ve learned
that next time when my son come up to  to me and goes
‘Hey Mum,  Look ! my new game !’
I should S.T.O.P and L.I.S.T.E.N
instead of just brushing it off as another silly game


  1. Hoonie says:

    my boys are playing this on the starhub box. they discovered it, and yes, it sure is fun. i asked to play a game when they are at it too. 😉

  2. Sandra says:

    Oh Tobias likes that game too – he’s not very good at it yet – but he likes it – he loves board games & puzzle games too.
    Interesting to find out that there is a paper version too – we have a travel version which comes in a nice little metal carry box…

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