Bingo: Field of Thoughts, 2006

How to play Field of Thoughts:
FIELD is a game of chance born out of the bingo tradition. Players purchase game boards for a dollar a piece. (Money is either legal US tender, or a fake banana currency provided.) The boards hold a sheet printed with a 5x5 matrix of icons featuring 25 of the 75 icons possible. Pennies are distributed for use as “chips” to cover the icons in the order called out by the game’s facilitators. The first player to have a card where the drawn icons form a specified pattern is the winner. Winning patterns range from making a straight line (5-in-a-row), filling the outside circle (Around-the-World) or filling the entire card (Whole-Wide-World). When a player has won they shout “Field!” to stop play and collect the prize.

Number of players: 4+ or play in teams

Playing Pieces:
 -75 boards
-75 inserts
-Field of Thoughts World Map
-150 map markers (75 orange, 75 dark orange)
-3 bags of pennies
-75 wooden pegs
-Glass shaker
 -money pot

Set-Up:
-Pick a player to be the caller. This person draws pegs from the glass shaker and calls out the countries for the players to locate and cover on their game boards.
-One or Two other players should be designated for each round to mark the world map as countries are called.
-Players purchase game boards for a dollar a piece. (Money is either legal US tender, or a fake banana currency provided.) This money goes into the pot to be distributed to winners.
-Distribute a couple handfuls of pennies to each player to cover spots on the game board

Play:
1. The caller starts the game by drawing the first peg from the shaker.
2. Players who locate the country on their board place cover it with a penny.
3. The dark orange markers can switch out the orange one marking that country on the map to keep track of which countries have been called for the round.

Keep drawing pegs until a player gets a winning pattern:


Shout “Field!” to announce your win.

Prizes:
Prizes vary depending on the thematic content of each game.
*Good Neighbor Prize:  Inspired by Hooked on Bingo, pg. 17

"Unbelieving that she could ever get a BINGO because she did not chip. I remember her vividly because not
only did she win but I, sitting next to her, received a ham. It was a GOOD NEIGHBOR GAME  and hams were prizes given to the person sitting next to the winners that night."

 

 


 
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