Playing The London Board Game

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Today we played this board game which was a birthday present from Kevin. The London Board Game is for 2-6 players and being suitable for people age 7 +  we thought we might be in with a chance of getting to grips with it!

The concept is based on similar games usually involving maps and destinations. You have 5 places to travel to (randomly drawn from a pack). Players move along routes by the throw of a dice and the winner is the first to visit each of their destinations and back to their starting point (which you also choose).

This game uses a map of the London Underground and your destinations are 5 of the stations.

Unlike the real thing, this one has stations easily accessible to wheelchair users and their train playing piece. It would be a totally different and much shorter game if we were using a map showing only step free stations – only 66 of the 270 are accessible.

I’ve never been on the Tube because there is no access to places I’ve wanted to visit. The Olympics and Paralympics brought temporary ramps to 16 stations and an extra 19 ramps were placed at stations this month to bridge the gap between platform and train so a few improvements are being made.  These are now permanent but, like the board game, if you travel you will find hazards along the way….

In the game you pick up Hazard cards if you change lines – the first one I picked up, amusingly, was a Birthday card – which sends other players to pick up presents for you at Aldgate.  Hazard cards generally send you or other players to different places and mess up your route strategy. If this was the accessible version there would be flights of steps, no lifts, broken lifts and escalators, rerouting you all the way up a line and back down to the other side of the platform where access is only in one direction, huge gaps between the train and platform, no staff to ask for help or having to get out of your chair and crawl your way up a flight of stairs whilst someone carries your chair…. .

If you are interested in access to public transport around London – Transport for All and Transport For London have full information for people with a range of impairments (and different formats).

The board game is really good for getting to know  places around London and brief facts about attractions or famous buildings near to those stations… and best of all – I won our first game lol.

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