The image above is one of different types of animals in a jungle setting. Author Chris Van Allsburg wrote and illustrated a children’s book called Jumanji. The book employs the use of a jungle, animals and magical elements which are used as the game is played in real life.
The story tells of a brother and sister who find an adventure-style board game called Jumanji. The game comes with a warning; “Do not begin unless you intend to finish.” As they play the game, they discover that anything that occurs on the game board also occurs in real life. As they roll on a lion, a lion appears in front of them; a terrible storm is rolled on, and a storm occurs; a stampede of elephants runs through their home when a stampede is rolled. The mystery for the siblings is how to finish the game. Finally, they roll on a volcano and, yelling the word, “Jumanji,” they finish the game, and all is returned to normal. Interestingly, the book was turned into a movie using characters (and adding a few), and the board game from the book. More recently, the idea has been adapted into new films, which take the board game and make it into a video game with which the characters interact.
Using a favorite game (board game, video game, online game), write a story, poem, or play in which the characters find themselves in a unique situation, with mysterious consequences as they play. Does your character end up as one of the playing pieces, and can’t return to the “real world” without attaining a certain level of play? Do your friends find themselves at a loss without you there to guide them through to the end of the game? Is the game missing essential playing pieces, which causes you to improvise in order to get to the final play?